Easily one of Rare’s best games (Pic: Rare Thief)
An old Xbox remaster of N64 classic GoldenEye has appeared online and will apparently release to the public later this year.
Alongside Mario and Link, one of the Nintendo 64’s biggest icons was none other than James Bond, thanks to the video game adaptation of GoldenEye.
It was so popular that, after Microsoft bought out developer Rare, there was supposed to be an HD remaster of the game for Xbox Live Arcade. However, copyright issues led to the game being shelved and never been released.
Beforehand, only 30 minutes of footage ever saw the light of day, but now someone has managed to upload the entire game onto YouTube for people to watch.
The video is over two hours long and features every level from the original game, before ending with some multiplayer gameplay. The video description clarifies that the footage was captured using an emulator in order to reach the 4K 60 frames per second resolution.
YouTuber Graslu00, who mostly focuses on James Bond games, claims that the build wasn’t obtained via a recent 4chan leak and they have been in contact with people who had access to it for years.
Perhaps the most shocking aspect of the whole thing is that the build will apparently release later in the year. It’s very unlikely that it will be done in any official capacity and will probably be a free download on PC or something.
While such a release would be very popular with fans of the original GoldenEye and gaming historians, don’t be surprised if copyright issues get in the way again and the game is struck off the Internet or just isn’t released at all.
Aside from the original N64 release, the only other way to play GoldenEye is via the 2010 reimagining for Wii, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. However, that game has a slightly different plot and features Daniel Craig’s likeness instead of Pierce Brosnan’s.
There is also a fan-made PC download called GoldenEye: Source, but it only includes the game’s multiplayer and not the single-player campaign.
Fans do have a brand-new James Bond game to look forward to from IO Interactive, the studio behind the Hitman games, though details on that are still very thin.
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