A few years ago, an updated re-release of the classic James Bond video game GoldenEye 007 was planned. According to reports, the classic N64 first-person shooter was going to be remade in HD for Xbox 360 with a 2008 release in mind, along with all the maps and weapons gamers loved, in addition to an online multiplayer option through Xbox Live. Sadly, that dream came to end, thanks to a copyright disagreement, we shall say, between Microsoft and Nintendo.
Now Rare Thief, a website dedicated to revealing projects from game developer Rare that never saw the light of day, has released 30 minutes of gameplay from this GoldenEye revamp that had fans foaming at the mouth.
In the video (shown below), you see what five different single-player missions would’ve looked like: Dam, Facility, Surface, Cradle and Aztec. While it doesn’t feature any of the multiplayer functionality, the clearest update is the 60 frames per second rate, whereas the original played at 30 frames.
The original game was, obviously, based on the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye, which hailed from the Pierce Brosnan era of Agent 007. The goal was to stop a criminal organization from launching a satellite weapon against London and prevent a worldwide financial meltdown. The game also featured a split-screen multiplayer option in which up to four gamers could plug in controllers and compete against each other.
Producers from Source behind the re-release had said, “This is a project made by fans, for fans. Whether you want to reminisce in some of your fondest console memories, or team up against your best friends all over again, we hope that GoldenEye: Source provides you the means to do so.”
The last James Bond video game came last year with the mobile release of James Bond: World of Espionage, while the last console game was 2012’s 007 Legends. Maybe if this lost footage goes viral, it’ll send a message to the developers that we want more like this. Who knows. That’s basically how Deadpool got the green light.