The Initiative is partnering with Crystal Dynamics on Perfect Dark reboot

The Initiative writes: "Perfect Dark update! We are partnering with Crystal Dynamics, the world class team behind character-driven games such as Tomb Raider, to bring this first-person spy thriller to a new generation."

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Orchard1035d ago

Yeah… this totally came out of left field.

MastaMold1034d ago

Its totally obvious that is reboot is in trouble that Microsoft has to hire a third party Dev team to help with this first party game when this game was announced what almost a year ago

gamingtext20201035d ago

That’s interesting, wasn’t the Initiative supposed to be MS’s AAAA studio?

Why do they need help from Crystal Dynamics?

In any case, we have to wait and see.

Orchard1035d ago

Perhaps to speed up development?

Building a new AAA studio is hard in an industry with such a small talent pool - and COVID slowed down hiring even more so since people don’t want to have uncertainty, move or change healthcare etc.

FlavorLav011035d ago

Many companies outsource to complete a game, most don’t give a press release like this to announce the new “partnership”. Sounds to me like another MS studio doesn’t know the full direction to take their project in, and they’re bringing in an established veteran team to help guide them.

Also this game is also in early development. Nobody is rushing them to any set finish line or release date. If they’re having no troubles with the project, why not let this new All-Star team take their time and really deliver us something special like only they could 🤔?

Teflon021035d ago

Probably same reason Nintendo had Bandai assist in Smash Bros

Lightning771034d ago

With Drew Murray leaving prematurely it really did affect the development of the game. Considering he worked at CD at one point. A CD partnership is not crazy surprising considering MS history with them. Still out of left field though.

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CaptainHenry9161035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

It's the same thing I was thinking. Another thing, They announced this game a year ago, and they're still in "early development" What have they been doing? And now they're bringing in outside help to finish the game 🤔😂

To speed up early development? They can't do that by themselves? Kena just came out, and only 15 people develop the game, and it didn't take that long either with good review scores 🤔

Sayai jin1035d ago

You are trting to compare a small AA studios game to a AAAA studio and game. Just stop.

crazyh0rse1035d ago

it's the same thing as God of War Ragnarok getting help from valkyrie entertainment

FlavorLav011009d ago

If that was the case, where was the large PR announcement for that “partnership”. There’s a difference in development help on a ship already set sail versus help getting off the starting block, which is what Crystal Dynamics is doing for Xbox in this instance.

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rakentaja1035d ago

The Initiative is not a big studio, and you probably won't be able to acquire hundreds of people in three years if you want to create something big and awesome, so all you have left is to cooperate with larger studios that already have the workforce.

chiefJohn1171035d ago (Edited 1035d ago )

Perhaps to work on a MP portion while the Initiative focus on the main SP Part of the game

spicelicka1035d ago

Many studios get help from other studios. I don't think you understand how game development works.

moriarty18891034d ago

Also, who knows when this game will ever actually come out either. This game along with fable and Everwild have been in development for a while and NOTHING even said or shown on them. Everwild showed a little and then complete radio silence.

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Godmars2901035d ago

Wait, what is "The Initiative"? Something directly under/involving MS?

If so, why announce a reboot before having its devs lined up?

porkChop1035d ago

The Initiative is a new studio that Xbox built from the ground up. They're the main dev, but Crystal Dynamics is helping them out.

Sciurus_vulgaris1035d ago

I very much liked Tomb Raider (2013) and Rise of the Tomb Raider. Therefore,I personally believe, Crystal Dynamic would be good co-developer [or support studio] for the Perfect Dark reboot.

As an aside, Square Enix probably wants to make back funds lost on their Avengers title. Thus, taking a supportive, or co- development contract from MS makes sense.

Profchaos1035d ago

Doubt they would have lost much Disney paid them to produce it and it still.sold really well even if it's popularity nose dived.

Sciurus_vulgaris1035d ago

Or did Square Enix pay Disney for a development license? Plus, sources point to Square-Enix losing money on the Avengers ( https://www.google.com/amp/...

jznrpg1035d ago

You forgot that they made the next 2 Tomb Raiders that weren’t nearly as good as the reboot

Concertoine1035d ago

Not true - they made Rise of the Tomb Raider after the reboot which some argue is the best of the trilogy.

Shadow of the Tomb Raider is the least well received, and was made by Eidos - not Crystal Dynamics