Perfect Dark returns after 15 years: Watch the gripping teaser trailer

Perfect Dark in development at Xbox Game Studios
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Perfect Dark is receiving a new entry developed by The Initiative and published by Xbox Game Studios. Although we have very little information on the game currently, it's undeniably exciting to see such an iconic series get brought back into the spotlight.

The original Perfect Dark is a Nintendo 64 game released in 2000. It was critically acclaimed and is still largely considered one of the greatest first-person shooters ever made. As a result, this new entry has a lot of hype to live up to.

The game was announced in a teaser trailer at last night's The Game Awards. We didn't get to see any gameplay, but we were given a glimpse into the setting and general aesthetic. It seems to take place somewhere in Egypt, as the protagonist overlooks a desert storm looming above a city, with three gigantic pyramids present in the background.

The Initiative is a relatively new game studio made up of a talented team of developers from a bunch of other properties. The studio is headed by Darrell Gallagher, who previously worked as the head of Crystal Dynamics and Senior Vice President at Activision. Additionally, Christine Thompson, who previously wrote at Bungie, is The Initiative's Lead Writer. 

Xbox is dubbing Perfect Dark as the first AAAA game. This essentially just means it could be the most expensive game ever made, or it's potentially just a publicity tactic to make it sound like The Initiative's project is the first taste of something truly next-gen. 

If we can expect a similar level of graphical fidelity as seen in the cinematic trailer above, we may truly get a first look at what AAAA means. Regardless, we won't know for sure until polished in-engine footage is revealed.

Claire Tabari
Contributing Writer

Self-described art critic and unabashedly pretentious, Claire finds joy in impassioned ramblings about her closeness to video games. She has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism & Media Studies from Brooklyn College and five years of experience in entertainment journalism. Claire is a stalwart defender of the importance found in subjectivity and spends most days overwhelmed with excitement for the past, present and future of gaming. When she isn't writing or playing Dark Souls, she can be found eating chicken fettuccine alfredo and watching anime.