The Initiative has revealed its very first project, a new entry in the Perfect Dark series.
Microsoft’s newly formed studio will operate as a first-party studio for the company, with its first release being a Perfect Dark reboot. The game is expected to launch for Xbox consoles and PC, however, there is no release window yet.
The first trailer provides a look into the futuristic world of Perfect Dark, a version of earth ravaged by fires and storms, now run by corporations. Viewers were treated to a first-look at the setting for the game, introducing the female protagonist who is opposing the corporations.
Check out the trailer below:
In a developer interview, the team described Perfect Dark as a “blockbuster secret agent” game and a reinvention of the franchise. It also added how the team has had to rethink how the game can fit into in a modern era, whilst also embracing its roots.
The game is said to belong in the “eco sci-fi” genre, with the world suffering an ecological disaster that bring corporations together to protect the earth. It’s said to be a “hopeful” world on the surface, with darkness laying within.
Watch the full development interview below:
Perfect Dark will join other first-party games including Halo Infinite and the Fable reboot, as part of Xbox Game Studios’ line-up, with Halo Infinite being the first to release late next year.
Despite the announcements, the Xbox Series X line-up for 2021 is relatively light on exclusive titles, only headlined by games such as The Medium and Scorn, the latter of which is still yet to receive a release date.