In 2018, Microsoft set up their brand new studio, The Initiative, to develop some of their flagship exclusive titles for the Xbox Series X|S.
During The Game Awards last year, a Perfect Dark reboot was confirmed and it is set to be the first game developed by the new studio.
But, the new reboot has already hit some bumps in the road.
Key Developer Quits
Drew Murray, who worked as the design director at The Initiative, has confirmed that he has left the studio.
In a Twitter thread, he announced his departure saying,
"After two wild years helping start @TheInitiative@Xbox and rebooting #PerfectDark, it's time for me to say a tearful and bittersweet goodbye to my team at The Initiative.
It's been extraordinary working shoulder-to-shoulder with such a talented and experienced team, many of whom are great friends now, but my life outside of work needs more attention and headspace than I have been able to give it lately, so I'm stepping down from my role.
Mystery surrounded the project when I joined the studio - I didn't know what kind of game it was, I didn't know it was going to be Perfect Dark, and I didn't know anyone on the team.
Two years later, we announced the franchise with a trailer that still gives me goosebumps. Most importantly, the team has the vision and talent to knock the game and franchise out of the park.
My silver lining to all this is that I'm excited to join the screaming masses on Perfect Dark launch day to experience the game!"
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The good news is, it doesn't appear that Drew has left the studio on bad terms, or because he was frustrated with the development of Perfect Dark.
Quite often we see developers jump ship when a game's development isn't going smoothly, which usually leads to the game flopping, thankfully that doesn't seem to be the case here.
Who Is Drew Murray?
Drew Murray used to work for Insomniac before jumping to The Initiative in 2018.
During his time at Insomniac, he was the designer of games such as Ratchet and Clank Future: Tools of Destruction and the entire Resistance trilogy, as well as the game director for Sunset Overdrive.
Perfect Dark Trailer
An announcement trailer for the upcoming Perfect Dark reboot was revealed at The Game Awards 2020.
Check the trailer out below.