the game director leaves Xbox and the studio The Initiative

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Within a year, the new Perfect Dark just lost another major developer. This time, we learn the secret departure of Dan Neuburger, game director of the game.

While Xbox had the good idea to bring the Perfect Dark license out of the closet, the development seems somewhat troubled. It was by scrutinizing the LinkedIn profile that a user noticed the departure of an important member of The Initiative.

Ahoy, ahoy, forsaken captain

Dan Neuburgergame director of the new Perfect Dark, left The Initiative studio in January. This is what his professional profile tells us. He will have remained approximately three years and eight months within the company, almost witnessing the birth of the structure. The Initiative indeed took its first steps in 2018.

But it was not until December 2020, during the Game Awards, that the developers formalized having taken over Rare’s dormant license. This one is indeed plunged in the sleep since 2005, if one puts aside Perfect Dark XBLA. An Xbox 360 remaster released on Xbox Live Arcade in 2010.

Perfect Dark: Joanna’s return to turmoil?

The question is legitimate. Last year, almost at the same time, Drew Murray announced his departure to return to his former employer, Insomniac Games. Also in 2021, Crystal Dynamics came to the rescue of the teams… For a development that skates? May be. But in itself, receiving outside help to finish a game is not something new and many studios use it on large-scale projects.

When he said goodbye to his colleagues, Drew Murray showed no concern about the state of this Perfect Dark:

But the most important thing is that the team has the talent and the vision to finish the game and relaunch the license.

Nevertheless, one can wonder if there is not, despite all these talents that make up The Initiative, a problem in terms of management. Whether it’s internal or higher, because since 2018 we’ve only had a CGI teaser and the development is still in its infancy… The only other information, this episode will be about “the ‘eco sci-fi’.

After this new start, do you think that the development of Perfect Dark encounters any problems or not at all? Are you worried or do you think that the studio’s recruits are strong enough to take care of Joanna Dark’s comeback? What exactly do you expect from this comeback? Tell us everything in comments.

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