Reports are surfacing online about a potential new entry in the popular Perfect Dark series, which began life on the Nintendo 64.
According to the rumour, Gears of War studio The Coalition has been tasked with reviving the franchise, which is now owned by Microsoft following the purchase of IP holder Rare.
Rare itself is not involved, which marks a sad repeat of the situation with the Killer Instinct reboot, which was also created without the UK studio in the driving seat. Rare is currently hard at work on Sea of Thieves for the Xbox One, so there's a good chance it's too busy to take on any other projects at the time of writing.
The rumour itself seems to have grown out of a (now deleted) post by Storylab Productions - which worked with The Coalition on both Gears of War 4 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition - stating that it was about to collaborate with The Coalition on a new project, and a somewhat cryptic forum post on ResetERA. For this reason, we'd take this with a large pinch of salt, but it would make sense for Microsoft to revive the IP to bolster the Xbox One's exclusive line-up of games.
Why are we reporting this news on a Nintendo site when the game is never going to come to a Nintendo platform? Call it nostalgia, or a love of Rare's past glories. Perfect Dark may now be owned by Microsoft, but for fans of the series, it will always be a Nintendo franchise.
Excuse us, we're off to find out where we put that N64 Expansion Pak...
Wait, if it's not on our system then why do we care?
@Kalmaro read the last paragraph.
@Kalmaro Read the last paragraph of the article.
Anyways, loved playing N64 perfect dark multiplayer with peacekeeper bots who would disarm you if you got a weapon, but stick a remote mine to one and run!!!
@Boyoshi Well, I mean, I remember playing the first game years ago (makes me feel old) but I'm kinda past worrying about the game now. I just don't see any point in worrying about it.
Still, it's clear it meant something to other gamers so it's a shame we aren't getting anything yet.
@Boyoshi Still isn't Nintendo news...
Oh boy they better not mess it up
@ClassSonicSatAm Doesn’t mean they can’t talk about it, particularly given the reasons provided in the article. I, for one, found it interesting. If you don’t care about it then you don’t have to read.
I don't really miss Perfect Dark. I thought it was great back on the N64 but it's just a name and Rare certainly aren't what they used to be. Once upon a time I did care but I'm long over it. It would be good to see one of Nintendo's second parties make a FPS.
Ah well. Perfect Dark as originally intended died with me when the original Rare died. I've already cried all of my crocodile tears already as I look at both Rare and Perfect Dark in a new light these days. I'll still play it if it's good.
Watch it be a perfect dark 2 for the switch and xbox one, I mean didn't Microsoft say something about putting their games on other consoles before?
Third times the charm for bringing Perfect Dark to the modern. Hope it's well done (like Killer Instinct) instead of yet another throwaway sequel
So after ruining the Gears of War franchise, they're sent to resurrect the tire fire that is Perfect Dark Zero for Microsoft? Another reason to avoid my Xbox One.
Very cool. Nice for NL to give us the heads up.
I'll follow PD to PC if that is where it goes (and any good)- just like I'll follow Monster Hunter to PS4 and Bayonetta to the WiiU. Do not care on what box it plays on now.
Just hope they do not mess it up.
I wonder Playtonic will do a spiritual successor of Goldeneye and Prefect Dark just like Yooka-Laylee?
Perfect Dark took so many of my N64 hours. Probably my most played game on the system!
Faithful to the original...
Perhaps add in online multiplayer... ('cos the youth will expect it!)
(...just don't **** it up!)
Still my favorite FPS. Rare should ha e never left Nintendo to begin with. (Or at least I wish they didn’t)
@Alikan how did Gears 4 "ruin" the franchise?
Rare also didn't make the last 2 things Conker was involved in: that AR Young Conker game and his mini game built into Project Spark. Between Killer Instinct, Conker, and now seemingly Perfect Dark (and of course Donkey Kong). It seems like Rare has next to nothing to do with who they once were.
Since PureXbox.com is no more, this is definitely the best place for this info to be reported.
Anyway, I'm hoping this is true since The Coalition did a great job with GOW4, and it's always interesting to see MS put the old Rare IPs to work. I don't have an Xbox One...but my PC awaits!
Ummmm..... Nostalgia isn't really an excuse for posting this.
@LaytonPuzzle27 Yes! Also, I'd like to see them do something Conker-ish, especially if they could team up with Chris Seavor!
Speaking of Chris Seavor...where's "Rusty Pup", by the way?!
But Killer Instinct ended up being incredible and considering Rare pretty much exists in name only now this may be a good thing.
Perfect Dark Zero was awful so I would actually have more faith in another company having a go at rebooting the franchise.
@SharkAttackU if you love multiplayer I'm sure its great. I enjoyed the epic story of Gears 1, 2, and 3.
"Perfect Dark may now be owned by Microsoft, but for fans of the series, it will always be a Nintendo franchise."
Couldn't agree more. That subheader disheartened me. Long live PD64 - and its soundtrack for that matter!
Another regurgitated news article for a game that doesn't even relate to Nintendo anymore. thanks!
"Rare itself is not involved, which marks a sad repeat of the situation with the Killer Instinct reboot, which was also created without the UK studio in the driving seat"
Sad, isn't it? Yeah, I know Rareware isn't what it used to be. But still Microsoft taking their franchises away, I find it pretty sad!!
Yeah that last paragraph doesn't make it Nintendo news at all
Rare today aint the same Rare as in the 90's so nobody cares...
Not interested in it anyway. Care more about Banjo from Rare.
@Alikan Never tried Gears multiplayer. I love the set pieces, gameplay and split screen co-op.
Gears has a story????
@NaviAndMii Like the one that was released 6 years ago on 360?
It's for the best that Rare isn't developing this. Saying they're a mere shell of their former selves is a massive understatement.
@keihtg So what I hear Rusty Pup is still in development and planned to be release for the Switch but 3DS version however is uncertain. Here is a link: https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/01/exclusive_unlikely_legend_of_rusty_pup_confirmed_for_switch_wii_u_version_canned
Exciting news I suppose. I'm interested to see the Gear of War studio's take on the Perfect Dark franchise. With the Xbox exclusive scoring low marks I take it Microsoft wasn't interested in giving the current Rare staff a go at it. That and the current staff wasn't much involved before with the past releases so we'll see what happens.
With Yooka Layle now finished, what are Playtonics (former Rare devs) up to now?
@canucksfan989 As a Nintendo fan I have a Switch, 3DS XL, Xbox One X, and PS4 Pro. If new, former Nintendo IP is available on the Xbox One I will support Microsoft as well. I think the new Killer Instinct (former Nintendo IP) was done really well.
The purchase of Rare has to be one the biggest wastes of money in gaming. Buy a company with a back catalogue like theirs and do next to nothing with it,baffling.
Xbox One exclusive huh? Sounds like I'll be playing it on my PC then.
@BumpkinRich Not exactly - I guess I meant a 'remake' rather than a 'remaster' ..I'd much rather play the XBLA version of Perfect Dark than Perfect Dark Zero though! ..I think that the original game would need more than just a spit and polish to bring it properly up to modern standards - but they could do (and have done) a lot worse than just take the core of what made that game great and rebuild it using modern tools!
Even after all these years, Perfect Dark is still the best multiplayer shooter that I've ever played - with the best and most memorable FPS campaign I've ever played - and the best and most original weapons in any shooter I've ever played (I could go on!) ..it's just perfection!
..but, in a way, it's kind of a sad state of affairs that I still don't consider that anything has surpassed it (what's it been, 17 years?!) ..considering what a disaster Zero was though, I'd take a faithful remake over a prequel/sequel every day of the week!
I'm replaying PD on Xbone these days, and it's still a masterpiece. PDZ was garbage.
Hopeful that PD2 will be decent.
@LaytonPuzzle27 Ah, thanks! Hmm, yet another reason for me to get a Switch.
Rusty Pup is one of those games I'd never be interested had I not known who Chris Seavor is (for example: I'm not a fan of the art style or design of the main character), but I'm sure it'll be fun (his first solo game, Parashoot Stan, was pretty good IMHO, for an "endless fall-er"-type game).
@ClassSonicSatAm They report on no-Nintendo news all the time, especially when it comes to nostalgic subject matters like the Mega Drive. If it's at least tangentially related, I see no problem with that.
@keihtg Your welcome.
Goldeneye was already so good, but Perfect Dark managed to be even better, really a great game.
Same. 17 years later, no FPS has surpassed PD. Time splitters was brilliant, but it was decided by the Crytek corporate suit dummies that no one wanted that type of game anymore.
Now with "silly" Shooters (Shooters with personality?) like overwatch, borderlands and Splatoon doing so well, Tinesplitters is due for a comeback.
More nostalgia bating. I don’t care about the IP just make good games
"Why are we reporting this news on a Nintendo site when the game is never going to come to a Nintendo platform?"
To piss off fans like me. Well done
Maybe Retro Studios game??
@EVIL-C 100% agree! Didn't Crytek decide that they couldn't sell TimeSplitters because it 'lacked a central protagonist' or something absurd like that? ..their marketing geniuses must be particularly perplexed by Overwatch's success! **face palm!** ..it's an absolute travesty that we never got TS4 - best FPS franchise since PD (by a long, long way!)
Perfect Dark was incredible back in the day. The N64 didn’t have a sizeable library in relation to the Playstation’s, but games like this were the reason why me and my friends owned an N64. The graphics were miles ahead of the PlayStation and Saturn.
Perfect Dark Zero, I remember that game making people wonder "What's so special about next gen?"
If it turns out like the new Killer Instinct did then I'm not too worried.
Who cares if it's Rare or not, there's like... nobody left at Rare who worked on the original Perfect Dark anyway, so whether it's them or a completely different studio, it still won't be the same guys. Besides, that doesn't necessarily means the series is in bad hands, look at what Retro made of Metroid with the original Metroid Prime (though, granted, still under the supervision of Nintendo, but come on!).
Meh it's going to end up sucking just like Perfect Dark Zero anyways. Everyone knows the original was good because Nintendo and Rare were both involve in it, without neither party the game is likely to be just another Gears of War clone.
Why report this? Its a Microsoft IP.
@Kalmaro I was gonna ask this... you're weird, Nintendo Life. W-e-i-r-d.
Has Microsoft produced a single AAA game from their Rare library? One? The Coalition has one successful franchise--that they've driven into the ground--to their credit. Like Bungie, I wouldn't hold my breath that other efforts will shine.
Does Perfect Dark have much of a place in gaming these days? With so many shooters out there, people having more fonder memories of Goldeneye, and a 360 sequel everyone thought "meh", can it thrive in this shooter filled era we're living in? Even if they reboot it, it then has to satisfy those fans of the original too.
Heck, I bet a lot of you don't know that image is the Japanese boxart for the N64 game or the fact there was a Gameboy Color game.... XD
Rare as it was hasn't existed for a very long time so it makes no difference at this point which studio they use. I haven't played the new Killer Instinct but it looks good but the reality is that the Banjo, Conker and Perfect Dark IP's are largely worthless at this point anyway.
The last Banjo game was poor and Yooka Laylee is as good as Banjo 3 anyway not to mention Playtonic may as well be Rare. Then we come to Perfect Dark which only really exists because of the success of Goldeneye and the lack of the Bond licence for a sequel. Timesplitters had more in common with Perfect Dark than the 360 game did so it'll be interesting to see what they do with it now.
Rare was once one of the greats, but the fact of that matter is they aren't any more.
@CrazyMetroid How mature.
Always loved Perfect Dark and that soundtrack was awesome
Its like watching an Ex get with the douchey bad guy of the movie, and wondering whats it gonna take to get her back....on our system!
This would be... the 3rd Xbone exclusive? Sorry Microsoft you lost me years ago.
Not even developed by Rare?
How far have they fallen, it is truly a shame that they are but a shadow of the Rareware in the N64 years.
@Syntaxkita Page clicks most likely.
Except for a few years of the 360 doing ok, Microsoft's Xbox division has been a failure constantly ever since 2003.
As soon as MS understands that it has always been and will always be a software company first and foremost, we can expect to see those Microsoft owned games/IPs that have most of their fanbase on Nintendo platforms go where they belong.
Man, I remember when Rare Ltd. was heavily involved with KINECT projects. But that ship sailed into an iceberg. Who would've thunk it.
Now some of their best IP's (Killer Instinct, Perfect Dark) are not even being developed by them.
Rare should just drop the name and start over with a new one. Make new IPs and make a new for themselves.
Here's hoping the new game makes it to PC as well then. I'm not in any mood to buy a new console.
Perfect Dark will always be a Nintendo property... much like Final Fantasy will always be Nintendo? It's a real shame, but Nintendo had plenty of chances to retain both properties and let them slip.
Wow, MS finally doing something of their own(kinda). I mean at least it is there's now and they can expand that universe into something I might actually want to play on their consoles. Hopefully PC also though so I don't have to get an Xbox still.
Lol, they're still developing Sea of Thieves. That's why.
What annoyed me was one of the achievements for the N64 game required that you connect the Gameboy game to the Transfer Pak. I had the Pak thanks to Pokemon Statium, but I didn’t have the Perfect Dark Gameboy game, so that’s an achievement I could never get.
@CrazyMetroid LOL, sycophants.
Good for Xbox owners, at least they got something exclusive to play.
Well, not really exclusive, eventually it will come to PC too.
Well I personally hope it is a great game. I hate Microsoft as a 1st party publisher. Their games lack any kind of creativity and they just want any generic gung ho shooty game on their system, and also they murdered Rare. However I would love to see Rare return to their former glory days. Giving PD to a Gears of War developer is worrying though. Instead of being British and full of fun and creative level designs, it will be gung-ho American pap with lots of swearing and basic run/hide shooting aka Gears of War (which in my opinion had great graphics but the gameplay and creativity of a mobile phone game).
@tamantayoshi What, here? https://www.nintendolife.com/news/2017/11/microsoft_wants_to_reach_gamers_on_rival_systems_says_xbox_chief_phil_spencer
Back playing Perfect Dark on N64 through an Everdrive v3 with no AA APS patch, exceptionally sharp and faster to boot . The great thing about the no AA patches is that games with variable framerate get a 6-10fps boost. Pretty cool.
@Kalmaro aren't you able to read the article ?
@Kalmaro yeah you seem very old, "years ago" blablabla not to understand what Rare means.
@guilem You do realize you're replying to a content that's a year old right?
My comment still stands must, the game was on 64 forever ago, which makes me feel old. I can remember playing it with friends. What was strange was that we got an article just to tell us that we weren't getting something. I'd rather hear about stuff we ARE getting.
Now go comment on something current, ya loon.
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