Rare GoldenEye 007 on Nintendo 64 was a shooter classic, and many gamers still fondly remember meeting their friends in the game’s competition mode. VideoGamesChronicle reported on a fascinating development for those who wish they could return to the game – a ROM with a canceled Xbox 360 remake circulating on file-sharing sites. Players can visit the single player campaign and multiplayer, all remade – or they can hit a switch to put things back to the original N64 graphics, which are charming in their blocking.
On January 29, a YouTube user named Graslu00 posted a two-hour video of the remaster, which showed the remake in detail. There have been occasional glimpses of this project on the Internet since its existence was leaked in 2008, but this was the closest look that players still had. Shortly afterwards, ROM was leaked so that people could start the game and relive a classic.
Grant Kirkhope, composer of the original Gold eye, told VideoGamesChronicle that the game was never released to the public due to a complicated knot of copyright and legal issues. “The main reason it did not happen was because there were too many stakeholders,”
A similar game, Perfectly dark, was Rare’s follow-up attempt on a shooter, and it owes a lot Gold eye. Perfectly dark was remade and is available on Xbox Arcade. At The Game Awards 2020, it was revealed that the developer The Initiative will create a new Perfect Dark game.