New Footage Of Cancelled 'GoldenEye 007' XBLA Remaster Discovered


When Microsoft acquired Rare in 2002, the Twycross-based developer retained many of its Nintendo-centric IPs and repurposed them for the Xbox format. Most recently, Xbox One gamers were treated to polished versions of many Rare classics as part of the Rare Replay collection. Before that the critically acclaimed first person Nintendo 64 shooter Perfect Dark was treated to a HD remake for Xbox 360; and earlier still Conker's Bad Fur Day found its way the the original Xbox. Due to licensing issues, the game many people wanted to see given a new lick of HD paint - GoldenEye 007 - has never been seen on newer systems, and the only real way to play the 1997 movie tie-in is by either using original N64 hardware or through emulation. New footage has emerged however, of a 'work in progress' HD remake of Bond's Nintendo-based adventure that was destined for Xbox Live; and it boasts some interesting features.

The video, as posted to the Assembler Games forum by user PixlButts and created by YouTuber Rare Thief, is titled '30 Minutes of GoldenEye 007 XBLA Gameplay,' and does indeed show large portions of the updated game. Using the video as a reference, most of the original N64 game appears to be intact, with many familiar levels, weapons and sound effects carried over. An ESRB notice at the start of the video also hints at the possiblity of online multiplayer modes. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of this new footage though, is the toggle which would have allowed Xbox 360 owners the ability to switch between 'original' and 'remastered' visual modes at will, in a fashion similar to that employed by Halo Combat Evolved: Anniversary. Whether this build will ever find its way into the hands of gamers remains to be seen, so for now we'll just have to make do with the impressive footage.

Cancelled XBLA 'GoldenEye 007' Gameplay Footage

Source: Assembler Games forum thread

Last Updated ( 24 August 2016 )  

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(Link to this comment) Anthony817 2016-08-25 08:54
So wish this would leak.
(Link to this comment) alexh 2016-08-30 08:52
"GoldenEye 007 - has never been seen on newer systems"

?? There was a Wii remake of GoldenEye 007 with enhanced graphics.
(Link to this comment) arober4 2016-08-25 22:05
Oh no, Dr. Doak has got a recast! Sorry Tim Curry.
(Link to this comment) arober4 2016-08-25 23:07
Also how did they miss that head shot at 22:08?
(Link to this comment) Noobsaibot21 2016-08-28 23:35
Looks fabulous. I have to concede that there are a handful of times I like the N64 look more (such as Siberia sky). I am by no means saying it is graphically better in any way, I just prefer the orange hue. Still, this is a gorgeous looking remake and would be a very much most welcome remake
(Link to this comment) Assmunch 2016-09-03 15:02
What is the difference in this and Goldeneye 007 Reloaded, that was released to the 360 and PS3?

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