During Embracer Group’s latest financial report, the CEO of Crystal DynamicsPhil Rogers, stated that the development of the Xbox exclusive Perfect Dark it is proceeding “extremely well“.
Perfect Dark is the new chapter of the series started in 2000 by Rare. The title is under development at The Initiative in partnership with Crystal Dynamics. The Embracer Group team therefore covers the role of co-developer, a practice that according to Rogers in the future will also be adopted for other projects and by other publishers.
“We are working on Perfect Dark and the project is progressing extremely well,” said the CEO of Crystal Dynamics. “From the inside it’s so promising to see how our team has embraced this opportunity, a new way of working.”
“As we think about the future of the way we work, collaboration across studios, across time zones, geographies and across different companies will become more common, so it’s great to see The Initiative team and our Crystal Studios team collaborating so well. ”
Perfect Dark, a promotional image
The same concept was also expressed by Matt Booty, the head of Xbox Studios, in an interview published in early November, where among other things he explained that the collaboration between Crystal Dynamics and The Initiative for Perfect Dark is practically on par.
“They are equal partners in development. This is not a case where Crystal Dynamics has taken over or is replacing [The Initiative].” Booty said. “We’ve had a hundred people come along who have a great pedigree of working with Tomb Raider. They’re available, they’re excited to be working on Perfect Dark. It’s really a part of how a development team is built nowadays, not a sign that we’re trying to make up for anything.”
Perfect Dark does not currently have an official launch window. Maybe, with development progressing so well, maybe the time is ripe for a new trailer and news at The Game Awards 2022 on December 9th.