[REVIEW] : 25 years later, Goldeneye 007 would be about to make a triumphant return
Remember, a few months ago, a pirated version of a remake of the Goldeneye 007 game that was originally supposed to be released on Xbox 360 was widely circulated on the Internet. Developed by Microsoft, this “remake” could not have seen the light of day due to a clash between the rights holders. Several actors were involved at the time: Nintendo, which had initially published the game, Rare, now owned by Microsoft, which had developed the game, the company that held the 007 license and the various publishers who had succeeded in offering various other franchise adaptations across multiple console generations.
While no one believed it anymore, Goldeneye 007 could finally see the light of day again on the latest generation consoles. The TrueAchievements site has identified the game’s achievements on Xbox. Two developers from Rare would have clumsily connected to the site, leaking, unwittingly, the list of achievements and indirectly confirming the existence of a prototype on Xbox One / Series.
According to several insiders, the remake, which was developed for the Xbox 360 at the time, would have been reworked in the shadows to appear on the new generation of consoles. Xbox One and Xbox Series would be affected, but also the Switch… The rumor evokes a partnership between Microsoft and Nintendo. The two companies have become very close in recent years. The arrival of Banjo-Kazooie – a Microsoft property – on Switch at the start of 2022 should be a first step in this partnership. The release of the remake of Goldeneye 007 on Nintendo and Microsoft consoles could be the next step… Several insiders mention in any case a close collaboration between the two companies, which would have made it possible to circumvent the legal problems. The remake would also not have been able to see the light of day because of another remake released on Wii.
GoldenEye 007: New clues point to a return of Rare’s cult FPS
GOLDENEYE: 007 BEING INFILTRED ON XBOX CONSOLES?
Recently, the rumors about the return of GoldenEye 007 have become much more insistent. Indeed, achievements related to Rare’s game have been listed on Xbox console by the TrueAchievement site. 25 years after the title’s initial release on Nintendo 64, 55 achievements have been listed, and cover the 20 levels of the game, the three difficulty modes (Agent, Secret Agent and Agent 00), but also the various timed challenges and achievements in multiplayer. More interestingly, our Gameblog colleagues indicate that the only two players who have unlocked some of these achievements are BIGSheep and Waylander73.
These Gamertags may not mean anything to you, but they are the ones of an engineer and a producer of Rare… Suffice to say that it did not take more for FPS fans who have marked the history of its genre to ignite. However, Microsoft, which owns Rare, did not announce anything, and license and title rights management is still very complex. Former studio member Ross Bury said in March 2021 that Nintendo had blocked the release of a remaster in 2008 from GoldenEye 007 on Xbox 360.
Nevertheless, three years later, Eurocom and Activision released GoldenEye 007 Reloaded, which was not a remake, but a new game full of winks. Moreover, difficult to know if these successes, in the optics or the title is indeed back, announce a remaster or an optimized port.
Goldeneye 007: New successes point to a return of Rare’s cult FPS
It seems that cult games never really get old. After having attempted a fat family comeback in an unofficial form, the mythical GoldenEye 007 could still be in the news in 2022. Crazy, that.
While actor Daniel Craig will soon hand over the baton to a new generation of Her Gracious Majesty’s secret agents, it is once again the video game adaptation of Pierce Brosnan’s first James Bond that is making the news. Almost 25 years after its release on Nintendo 64, Goldeneye 007 is getting talked about again, while new successes put online give hope for a return of Rare’s cult FPS.
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The TrueAchievements site, which specializes in successes that can inflate your ego and Gamerscore, has just posted a new burst of 1000 G concerning a certain GoldenEye 007, hitherto unreleased on Microsoft consoles. The list of 55 achievements to unlock mentions each of Rare’s 20 in-game levels, completing the game on all three base difficulty levels (Agent, Secret Agent, and Agent 00), as well as timed challenges which granted a good number of more or less serious bonuses, like the paintball mode that many players will have unlocked without doing so on purpose.
The case thickens when we discover that the only two players to have had the luxury of unlocking some of these successes are BIGSheep and Waylander73, the Gamertags of an engineer and a producer of Rare, potentially in the secret of the gods…
Goldeneye no time for sweetness
This limited number of users could therefore suggest that a port (and more if any) of GoldenEye 007 could see the light of day on Microsoft consoles, while an oh so effective remaster could have seen the light of day in 2008. According to the ex-Rare Ross Bury, Nintendo would have at the time prevented the project from coming to an end, and so much the worse for the new generation of secret agents.
GoldenEye 007: Xbox Achievements Revealed
It looks like Rare’s classic James Bond game, GoldenEye 007, is set to release on Xbox. The game’s achievements have appeared online, spotted by Wario64, and posted on TrueAchievements.
Images of Achievements and a Thumbnail of GoldenEye 007 have also appeared online, adding to speculation that the 1997 Nintendo 64 game may be heading to Xbox in the future. According to the leak, there are a total of 55 achievements worth 1,000 Gamerscore. From the text of the achievements, it looks like the campaign and multiplayer are both planned.
2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond series. The company behind the franchise announced today that fans should “watch for announcements, events and new content in 2022.” A GoldenEye 007 re-release could be among the surprise announcements, it seems, though nothing is confirmed at this point.
A few years ago, an Xbox Live Arcade version of GoldenEye 007 was reportedly in development. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said GoldenEye 007’s absence from Xbox was a “rights issue”, suggesting it was a business issue and not some kind of issue for run the game on the new hardware.
The “rights issue” could also explain why GoldenEye 007 was not included in the Rare Replay 30-game pack.
According to Unseen64, GoldenEye for Xbox Live Arcade was in development at Rare in 2007 and 2008. Microsoft, Activision (the James Bond rights holders at the time) and Nintendo reportedly agreed on a publishing deal. However, Nintendo Japan reportedly shut down the project for unknown reasons a few months before its scheduled release.
In other news, Hitman developer IO Interactive is developing a new James Bond game that will tell an original story for the British super spy. Since 2022 is an anniversary year for the James Bond series, hopefully we can see or learn more about this game this year.
Goldeneye 007 (Nintendo 64): the legendary game could make a comeback on Xbox
Goldeneye 007 is a game released for Nintendo 64 in 1997. Developed by Rare (now a Microsoft studio), it left its mark on gamers with its inventive single-player campaign and addictive multiplayer. A real tour de force for the time, this title made it possible to introduce the FPS genre to a good number of console players. He could do his big return to Xbox.
Leaker Wario64 posted a list achievements to unlock that relate to the game. 55 in total for a Gamescore of 1000 points. We can see that these achievements are named after the levels of the single-player campaign, but we can also assume that they could concern the multiplayer mode.
GOLDENEYE 007 SHOULD ARRIVE SOON ON XBOX
The list of successes leaves little doubt: Goldeneye 64 should arrive on Xbox consoles. A good opportunity for old players to revive it and for others to discover this cornerstone of the FPS on console. Note that this is not the first time that such a port has been talked about. Goldeneye was slated for release on Xbox Live Arcade in the late 2000s, but the project was scrapped by then over rights issues.