The names Remaster. Goldeneye Remaster. Confused? So were many of the Bond fans expecting a remaster of this N64 classic.
The Nintendo 64 original, based on the 1995 Bond movie, was highly acclaimed and when Microsoft bought Rare, the team responsible for the title, everyone assumed an Xbox 360 remaster would be forthcoming. However, this was not to be.
“Goldeneye rights are so challenging, looked at this many times. Lot’s of different parties to work with, we’ve always given up,” Tweeted Xbox head Phil Spencer. Yes, Rare created the game but it was a Nintendo exclusive, and another company (potentially two) controls the rights to James Bond. On top of that, it makes uses of Pierce Brosnan’s image so that’s another legal hurdle.
But the Goldeneye remaster was more than just a twinkle in Rare’s collective eyes and, in fact, was developed to the point where it was 99% complete. A few days ago, YouTuber Graslu00 showed footage of the cancelled game in action, and now, Goldeneye’s Xbox 360 remaster has been leaked online.
The game is virtually complete and can be played by using an Xbox 360 emulator or a modded Xbox 360. It sports both single and multiplayer modes and looks to be just as much fun as the Nintendo 64 original. We aren’t going to say where to get it, because that would be naughty, but you don’t have to look far.
Goldeneye did eventually receive a remake, dubbed Goldeneye Reloaded which, while not as critically acclaimed as the N64 original, was positively received. But Goldeneye 007 still holds a special place in the hearts of many gamers. Sadly, this glimpse of what might have been is as close as we’re going to get to a full-on relase of Goldeneye 007 Remastered.