Microsoft’s The Initiative studio is working with Tomb Raider studio Crystal Dynamics on a new Perfect Dark game, and now a top Xbox boss has commented on the unusual partnership. Speaking to Kinda Funny, Xbox Studios boss Matt Booty acknowledged that this is not a “standard situation” because Crystal Dynamics is not usually known to be a co-development studio (and it’s owned by Square Enix), but Microsoft found a way to make it work.
This happened thanks to personal relationships, and specifically Darrell Gallagher, the former Crystal Dynamics boss who now runs The Initiative. Gallagher’s connections helped drive the deal, but it’s also about how Crystal Dynamics is well-suited to help The Initiative on a project of a similar type to the new Perfect Dark.
Booty said Crystal Dynamics has a “great pedigree, good success, [and] just a lot of skill,” and thanks to Gallagher’s connections, the two sides came to an agreement.
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Author: Eddie Makuch