The Initiative Reportedly Working on New Perfect Dark Game

Perfect Dark could be getting a new third-person revival at The Initiative.

August 26, 2020

One of the biggest question marks in Xbox Game Studios’ upcoming catalog involves The Initiative. As one of the newest developers established by Microsoft, the studio has largely been shrouded in secrecy since its inception. While we still don’t know exactly what The Initiative might be working on, a new trusted source seems to have the answer.

According to Venture Beat’s Jeff Grubb, The Initiative is working on a new entry in the long-dormant Perfect Dark franchise. The shooter series, which first came about on the Nintendo 64, hasn’t seen a new installment since Perfect Dark Zero released as a launch title for the Xbox 360.


Grubb shared what he has heard of the project in a strange location: the chat section of a recent Twitch stream for Kinda Funny Games Daily. The podcast’s hosts happened to be talking about The Initiative, which led to Grubb sounding off in the chat saying that what the studio is working on is related to Perfect Dark. He then claimed that this new installment will be of the third-person variety rather than first-person. In a follow-up message on Twitter, Grubb said he’s not sure if the game will directly be called Perfect Dark, but it will seemingly take place within that world.

There are a few different reasons here that seem to verify what Grubb is saying could be true. For starters, Grubb himself has had a fantastic track record as of late and has been one of the first reporters to have information ahead of time on numerous different projects. Secondly, Microsoft’s Phil Spencer teased earlier this year that what The Initiative is working on could be tied to something that is “old” and Perfect Dark definitely fits that bill.

Obviously, you should keep your reservations in check here until Microsoft or The Initiative announce this title themselves, but we’ve heard Perfect Dark rumors for quite some time now. So what do you think of this idea? Is a return of Perfect Dark something that you’d like to see in the future? Let me know down in the comments.

Logan Moore

Logan Moore is the Managing Editor around these parts and enjoys the video game Super Mario Odyssey.

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