Crystal Dynamics co-developed Perfect Dark for a very boring reason

last Friday, Perfect darkness Developer The Initiative announced that it has hired Tomb Raider and Marvel’s Avengers manufacturer Crystal Dynamics for the upcoming restart. This news is a bit surprising, especially since Perfect Dark is a first-party project with a new team set up specifically to restart it.

According to a Game beat However, the reasons behind this seemingly impossible partnership are not difficult to understand. According to reports, after years of prototyping, the plan is ready to increase production on Perfect Dark.

Unfortunately, the size of the team is not large enough to support this work. Under the pandemic, developing ambitious games has also slowed down and made it harder for The Initiative to hire the right people to complete it.

According to the report, it has always been an option to introduce a support studio to assist in the development responsibilities. Darrell Gallagher, the director of Initiative studios-he himself used to be Crystal Dynamics-maintains good contact with his former home. And, knowing what the studio can do, and finally guiding him to start the wheel.

On Microsoft’s side, this move is also regarded as fairly standard. The company regularly hires independent and third-party publisher-owned support studios to contribute to its projects. Halo: The Master Chief Collection and the recent Gears of War game rely on a lot of work from other teams.

In fact, the upcoming Age of Empires 4 was jointly developed by Sega’s Relic. Microsoft even got the help of Creative Assembly, another Sega studio, to develop Halo Wars 2.

Perfect Dark has no release date yet, but you may not expect it anytime soon.