Rare Hints at Perfect Dark DS

In their online reader mail, Rare responded to an unusual e-mail that asked the Microsoft-owned company if they would be releasing Perfect Dark Zero on PlayStation 3, after the game had been cancelled on GameCube in the move from Nintendo to Microsoft. To give themselves headlines in which gaming “journalists” will take their comments out of context, Rare hinted at a possible Nintendo DS version of Perfect Dark, while joking about the aforementioned deluge of news articles. Here’s the question and response from Rare:

I was so glad that Perfect Dark Zero came out! I thought it would never come out since it was cancelled on the Gamecube. Why exactly did it get cancelled? I was also wondering if PDZ would be coming out on any other gaming consoles besides the Xbox 360. There’s the Nintendo DS which could have a little version of it and Sony is coming out with a more powerful console and I was wondering if would be possible to release it on that. One more thing. Is the real life PDZ model of Joanna that you see on the TV commercial the same as the previous model from the first PD with slightly longer hair or is it someone different? If so, who is it? That question has been pickin’ at me the past couple weeks.

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Um, PDZ never came out on the GameCube because we were bought by Microsoft and releasing exclusive titles for rival platforms would be fairly poor business sense. That’s about all there is to it. For much the same reasons (bar the exclusivity) it’s unlikely you’ll ever see it on the PS3. No, I’m fairly sure it’s not the same Joanna model this time around. Let’s just check that with the team: “Different lady. Totally. No shared relatives for fifty generations. The lawyers were very specific about that.” I’ve just noticed I didn’t specifically deny a DS edition of Perfect Dark while I was banging on about the PS3 and GameCube – I could easily rectify that, but it’ll be fun to watch the conspiracy theories unravel.

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