Perfect Dark: The Initiative ready to turn your back on Crystal Dynamics following its acquisition?

The Initiative Is Teaming Up With Crystal Dynamics to Develop Perfect Dark....But Why?

Officialized by Microsoft during the Game Awards 2020, Perfect Dark is developed both by The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics. If you are charged, it is simply because this morning, we learned that Square Enix had decided to separate from part of its Western studios – of which Crystal Dynamics – which were therefore bought by embrace. Suddenly, does the operation risk having an impact on the development of Perfect Dark. If we believe the initiative, no. Besides, Microsoft’s studio has split a tweet to clear things up.

We are delighted to see the guys of Crystal Dynamics open a new stage of their studio, we can read. Nos teams have made great progress in the development of Perfect Dark as partners, and we will continue this work together. “It must be said that after the number of departures recorded by The Initiative \ – according to the indiscretions of Video Games Chronicle – there would be no interest in putting a layer.

The massive departures are an epidermal reaction to the arrival of the Crystal Dynamics studio in development, commissioned by Microsoft to support these veterans of the video game in the design of this FPS which wants to be different from the others. An ego war, of course, But according to the ex-employees who have agreed to testify anonymously, concerns also of management taken in production. It would indeed be complicated to be heard by project managers, who seem hermetic to the team. Some are surprised The lack of reaction of Microsoft which would not be of great support in this internal war, a case which is not isolated, when we know that other similar projects at Microsoft have already taken place (ex: rare with Sea of Thieves). Result, at present, the studio The Initiative would now have 50 employees, which is obviously insufficient to develop a project as ambitious as this reboot of Perfect Dark.

We hope that we will have reassuring news from Joanna Dark during the Xbox & Bethesda Games Showcase which will take place on Sunday June 12 at 7 p.m. (French time).