After the reveal dating back to 2020, Microsoft has never returned to show Perfect Dark, thus increasing the expectation but also the concern among fans. To give us some new information on the health of the project was Matt Booty in the podcast Friends for Second.
Among the difficulties that Microsoft met in the development of the new Perfect Dark, Booty particularly mentioned the consequences of the Coronavirus and having to build a large and ambitious development team from scratch.
“I think one of the hardest things in recent years has been archiving a great game on the scale of a Halo or a Battlefield in the conditions we had. Secondly there was thestarting a new study. You don’t have a shared history, you don’t have the people who have worked together for five or ten years. We were experimenting with a lot of remote work or hybrid solutions to attract talent, and some worked while others didn’t. There have been some changes in leadership, and in the studio building work. It’s a brand new studio. “
For what concern involvement in the Crystal Dynamics project, Booty spoke of a real collaboration, and not of an outsourcing operation by The Initiative. In the past there was talk of disagreements between the two software houses, but it was Booty himself who later denied it.
“I am an equal partner in development“said Booty, who also specified how such could become more common in the future.” Crystal Dynamics has not taken over and is not replacing [The Initiative]. We’ve had a good hundred people who have this great Tomb Raider professional pedigree. They are available, they are excited to work on Perfect Dark “.
According to Booty, in short, there is nothing to worry about for the title and also the latest rumors suggest that the development of Perfect Dark is progressing well, but it is not yet known when we will finally see the ambitious project in action.