The Crystal Dynamics team, known for the famous series Tomb Raider and Legacy of Kain, has been hired to develop one of the future Xbox exclusives. That studio will work in partnership with Xbox’s The Initiative team to bring back the spy game Perfect Dark, which was announced in late 2020.
Two studies say they just couldn’t miss the opportunity to collaborate, which sounds strange for several reasons. Crystal Dynamics belongs to the publishing house Square Enix, so it remains unknown whether they will claim any share of the earnings in Perfect Dark. On the other hand, Microsoft's The Initiative team is made up mostly of experienced industry veterans, and it's not very likely that they need the help of another team.
In any case, the two teams have several points of contact, precisely because the leader of the Initiative is Darrell Gallagher - the guy who was previously the leader of Crystal Dynamics. The teams probably know each other better than we think, but as soon as a project is developed between two geologically distant studies, there is always a fear that something could be lost between them.