A new Perfect Dark game was announced a short while back, due to be developed by Xbox studio The Initiative. Since then, we've heard rumours about the project struggling and now, a new report gives us some insight as to why.
VGC's report looks at LinkedIn employee profiles, which reveal huge amounts of staff turnover at the studio. The timing of these departures syncs up rather ominously with Microsoft's decision to bring Crystal Dynamics on board to co-develop the game.
At the time of writing, The Initiative's Careers page has just three job listings live in art, AI and developer operations. It's unclear whether this list will soon grow, given these recent departures.
The report includes some anonymous developer comments from former The Initiative employees. They claimed development was "painfully" slow and that they were surprised Microsoft was so lenient regarding the game's progress. Here's one such comment:
"Making games is hard enough, let alone when you feel like you can’t get through to people making the decisions that affect everyone..."
Even so, The Initiative's current management discussed the situation with VGC, expressing confidence in the team it's building.
"In this journey, it’s not uncommon for there to be staffing changes, especially during a time of global upheaval over the last two years, and there’s plenty more work in front of us to deliver a fantastic Perfect Dark experience to our players.
We wish all our former colleagues the very best, and I’m confident in the team we have in place, the new talent joining, and we can’t wait to share more with the fans."
It's hard not to be a little troubled by the ongoing reports surrounding The Initiative and its Perfect Dark reboot. Hopefully them bringing on Crystal Dynamics as a partner helps the game take shape.
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