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Rare’s poorly kept secret officially announced…

With E3 just around the corner, rumours are spreading down the Intertubes like wildfire, but Rare have today confirmed one of the most poorly kept secrets in their history.

Joanna Dark will be arriving on the Xbox Live Arcade in a re-make of the original title – Perfect Dark. The prequel to the Xbox 360 launch title, Perfect Dark Zero, was originally released on the N64 in 2000.

The Perfect Dark XBLA rumours have been around for a while now, ever since General Manager of Microsoft Game Studios, Phil Spencer, said: “We do have the rights of the complete Rare catalogue (except GoldenEye 007). We’re studying all the possibilities to bring classic games from the past like Killer Instinct and Perfect Dark.

Click to enlarge. If only the avatar’s hand was a little bit fatter…

At the start of April, Rare released screen grabs of their upcoming Banjo-Tooie premium theme which showed off a Gamer Tile for Perfect Dark, probably the most solid evidence the game was releasing. Then a matter of days later, the following image was sent to Destructoid, once again providing evidence the game was in development.

Click to enlarge. Why are we so excited about Perfect Dark when there’s Tower Bloxx Deluxe!?

The announcement was expected to be made at E3 2009, though Rare-Extreme has revealed that Rare will be making a “very large announcement” in June. Personally, I’m hoping for the sequel to Conker: Live and Reloaded though Killer Instinct or a sequel to Perfect Dark Zero, look the more likely.

[Source: Rare-Extreme]

David Wriglesworth

David Wriglesworth is a Northern lad with a passion for gaming, who graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA (Hons) Journalism degree. If you can drag him away from the consoles, you can probably find him Tweeting or watching Coronation Street.

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