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Perfect Dark Game Director Dan Neuburger Seemingly Leaves The Initiative

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Perfect Dark game director Dan Neuburger has seemingly left The Initiative after working with the company for nearly four years.

As reported by VGC, ResetERA user Klobrille noticed the change on Neuburger’s LinkedIn profile that shows February 2022 was his last month at The Initiative. Furthermore, his profile page says that he is
“open to work” immediately and is looking for a position as a game director, creative director, or design director.

Neuburger had worked at Tomb Raider’s Crystal Dynamics for over 12 years before his time with The Initiative – the same studio that has teamed up with The Initiative to help finish development on the reboot of Perfect Dark.

This isn’t the first high-level departure from The Initiative, as the company’s former design director Drew Murray announced that he was leaving the company in February 2021 and would be returning to his old studio Insomniac Games.

Perfect Dark was revealed at The Game Awards 2020 and is set to be a first-person shooter with an “eco-sci-fi” that is “aiming to deliver a secret agent thriller set in a near-future world.”

The Initiative itself was announced at E3 2018 as Microsoft’s first-ever ‘AAAA’ studio that would be “challenging themselves to do new things (and old things) in new ways.”

Perfect Dark, a franchise that began on the N64 in 2000, currently has no release date.

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Adam Bankhurst is a news writer for IGN. You can follow him on Twitter @AdamBankhurst and on Twitch.


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