Perfect Dark may be getting resurrected without Rare behind the wheel.
As reported by The Gamer sister site, Screen Rant, Gears of War developer The Coalition may have been tasked by Microsoft with creating a brand new Perfect Dark game.
The rumor comes from a news post on Storylab Productions website, a company that has worked with The Coalition on Gears of War 4 and Gears of War: Ultimate Edition. The post, which has since been taken down, said that the companies were about to embark on a brand new project. This, combined with a post on ResetERA which alluded to the possibility of a Perfect Dark reboot, seems to indicate we could be seeing a resurrection of the classic Rare franchise.
Rare is already busy with development for Sea of Thieves, the multiplayer pirate adventure game that was announced in 2015 and teased relentlessly since then. Being already busy with a potential blockbuster, Microsoft had to tap another studio and it seems The Coalition wasn’t busy.
The Vancouver-based developers are best known for their work on Gears of War 4, the critically acclaimed sequel following the Gears of War trilogy. The fact that The Coalition got the nod to create a new Perfect Dark is sure to be a blow to Gears of War fans, as it means Gears of War 5 isn’t going to be coming out anytime soon.
As Screen Rant points out, the move to bring back Perfect Dark is likely due to the lack of Xbox exclusive titles in comparison with rivals Sony and Nintendo. Halo, Gears of War, and Forza Horizon are all classic franchises that are having some downtime since their latest releases, and Xbox fans are clamoring for exclusive titles of the same quality as Sony’s Horizon: Zero Dawn or Nintendo’s Zelda: Breath of the Wild.
In addition to rebooting Perfect Dark, it looks like Microsoft execs are also trying back Fable, another franchise that got put on the backburner when the company closed down Lionhead Studios.