Crystal Dynamics has just recently announced that it will finally stop development on the troubled Marvel’s Avengers game. This means that the studio is currently working on two projects (at least, as far as we are aware): a new mainline Tomb Raider game and Perfect Dark, which it is co-developing alongside first party Xbox studio The Initiative (though reports have claimed that Crystal Dynamics is essentially leading the project).
The latter, on the other hand, appears to be stuck in a never-ending circle of troubles occurring behind the scenes. Miller Ross, a prominent leaker who previously reported on Avengers’ cancellation before it was officially announced, recently stated on ResetEra that the Xbox title has “hit a road bump or two” in the course of its development. These reports have consistently shed light on the problems that have been occurring with Perfect Dark’s development.
Ross believes that it is likely that we will see the next Tomb Raider game before the release of Perfect Dark, although he does not clarify what exactly that relates to. A few days ago, he also announced that Tomb Raider is “deep into full-scale development,” and an official unveiling of the game is anticipated to take place by the end of this year.
The video game Perfect Dark was revealed a little more than two years ago, but other than its spectacular reveal trailer, there haven’t been many many updates on the game since then. In November of last year, the CEO of both Crystal Dynamics and Eidos, Phil Rogers, stated that progress on the project was “doing exceptionally well.”