Some surprising new developments for Perfect Dark Zero coming form The Console Wars. It seems that Perfect Dark Zero is not going to be shipped with all of the features that were originally planned for the game.
“Rare has revealed that some of the features originally planned for the Xbox 360 shooter have had to be removed or downgraded.
An article in the November issue of Edge magazine has revealed that the fifty-player online multiplayer mode promised for Perfect Dark Zero has been scaled down to only 32. While still impressive, the news is a little disappointing. Rare has also had to remove the DataDyne TV mode which would have allowed players to watch games and upload your best matches. The cutbacks have had to be made to get the game ready for the Xbox 360 launch. The console is due in the UK on December 2nd 2005, and Perfect Dark Zero should arrive on or near that date.
According to Rare the fifty-player online mode and the TV mode could both be added via a download over Xbox Live. Both would make excellent downloads, but we’ll have to see if that ever happens. For now Rare are hard at work completing the game.”
I don’t think that these changes will really detract from the gameplay experience and I know that any additions needed for the game will be downloaded through Xbox live as needed, but it is still sad that they did not just push the date back again and get those features in.