Back in the late 2000s, Rare was working on a HD remaster of the Nintendo 64 classic GoldenEye 007 for release on Xbox Live Arcade, but the project was ultimately scrapped due to copyright issues with Nintendo. Now, new footage of the game has been uncovered by Youtube channel RareThief and it’s truly a sight to behold.
The video below shows over 30 minutes of gameplay, with the highlight being the ability to toggle between upgraded visuals and the old graphics on the fly, similar to Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary. In addition to the visual overhaul, Rare also increased the game’s frame rate to 60 frames per second.
The unreleased remaster was also set to include three new multiplayer maps: Dam, Depot, and Frigate.
What a shame. This looks like it would have been a fantastic remaster that modernized the original GoldenEye in a number of important ways (the N64 version is nigh-unplayable by today’s standards). For the record, the 2010 reboot GoldenEye 007: Reloaded was pretty good in its own right, but it certainly doesn’t compare to having an improved version of a gaming classic. The death of the GoldenEye 007 remaster is yet another reminder of how frustrating copyright law can be in gaming and how great games that should be made available to the public are chopped off at the knees by petty licensing issues
…Okay, maybe that’s a gross oversimplification of a complicated matter, but I’m just really frustrated that this game will seemingly never see the light of day.