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Xbox Game Studios Boss Excited About The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics Co-Developing Perfect Dark

Xbox Game Studios Boss Excited About The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics Co-Developing Perfect Dark - News

by William D'Angelo , posted on 20 October 2021 / 1,072 Views

It was recently announced Perfect Dark developer The Initiative have partnered with Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics to co-develop the game together.

Darrell Gallagher, the former studio head at Crystal Dynamics, now has the same position at The Initiative. Perfect Dark game director Daniel Neuburger also previously worked on the Tomb Raider franchise as a game director.

Xbox Game Studios boss Matt Booty in an interview with Kinda Funny Games (and transcribed by VideoGamesChronicle) said Microsoft he is excited about the co-development partnership between The Initiative and Crystal Dynamics.

"I think we're at a point in the industry where if you've got a team like the Crystal Dynamics team that becomes available, which has got great pedigree, good success, just a lot of skill, and through connections—you know, the fact we’ve got Daryl Gallagher at The Initiative, who knows some folks there—and they become available, going back to what are my jobs day-to-day, it would just be, I’d be remiss to [not] say 'we’ve got to find a way to make this work.'

"We’ve got a team that’s got experience building the kind of thing that we’re building, who’s worked with some of the people that’s now available, you know, it was not a standard situation because they’re not usually out billing themselves as sort of a co-development studio like many places are, but we found a way to make it work and I think it was through some of the personal connections that we’ve got."

Booty added, "So, I’m excited about it, just in terms of what it adds onto the team that we’ve already got there at The Initiative. And again, it’s too precious of a resource right now in the industry to not jump on that and we can figure out some way to get a contract done or whatever we’ve got to do."

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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CaptainExplosion (on 20 October 2021)

I hope they can pull it off, and that it stays an FPS.

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Azzanation CaptainExplosion (on 20 October 2021)

Id honestly like to see Perfect Dark made similar to Metal Gear Solid. Tho FPS i wont complain either.

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CaptainExplosion Azzanation (on 20 October 2021)

I'd rather it stayed an FPS out of respect to the original.

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Azzanation CaptainExplosion (on 21 October 2021)

Their are so many FPS games that MS own, wouldn't we want to see it strive in another genre, one that's rarely used like the MGS formula? Perfect Dark will be in the sea of games like Halo, Doom, Cod, Battlefield and majority of Bethesda games.

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CaptainExplosion Azzanation (on 21 October 2021)

I know, and some of those games aren't even good despite their sales. I was hoping that with the new Perfect Dark being an FPS we'd be back to getting GOOD FPSs again (Other than the new Doom of course).

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DonFerrari (on 20 October 2021)

I do think it is a good thing, but hardly he would say it is bad.

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SanAndreasX DonFerrari (on 20 October 2021)

Random XGS Studio Head: “Crystal Dynamics sucks, why are we working with them?”

Headline: “Microsoft posts listing for position vacated by Random XGS Studio Head.”

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CaptainExplosion SanAndreasX (on 20 October 2021)

That made me chuckle. XD

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DonFerrari SanAndreasX (on 21 October 2021)


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