Speculation has escalated around a potential official re-release of GoldenEye 007 from Rare after achievements were reportedly revealed on Xbox Live servers.
TrueAchivements, a site that syncs and tracks achievement activity, recently posted a full roster of GoldenEye Xbox achievements reportedly coming from live console servers, including images for each task unlockable.
The list also includes 1000g of achievements, rather than the 200g planned for the version once slated for the Xbox 360 Live Arcade.
According to the site, two users have unlocked GoldenEye Xbox achievements so far; BigSheep and Xtinamcgrath. Game Tags are owned by Rare Lead Engineer James Thomas and Community Lead Christina McGrath.
Last year, it was confirmed that Microsoft had to postpone an already completed remaster of the classic N64 for the Xbox 360 due to licensing issues and misunderstandings between license holders and a young team that rushed to create it, despite the game’s never-ending deal. did not subscribe.
A working version of the canceled Xbox 360 remaster from GoldenEye 007 was leaked to file-sharing sites in early 2021, allowing those with access to the files to play it through a modified console or PC emulator.
At the time, VGC reviewed the leaked GoldenEye Xbox build and called it “the greatest remaster you’ll probably never play.”
If Goldeneye 007 does get an official re-release on modern platforms, it will be a huge step in saving a game that has struggled with licensing issues for years.
This is largely due to the rights to the James Bond license, as well as the rights to resemble Pierce Brosnan, Sean Bean, Robbie Coltrane and others. This should either be revised or removed from potential re-release.
Speaking for the first time for VGC in an interview with GoldenEye Xbox last year, the co-directors of the canned remaster said they don’t think it will ever be officially released.
“It’s a little bit bitter,” said co-director Chris Tilston of how the GoldenEye remaster was leaked into the public domain. “This means people can see the work being done, but it also masks some of the cockups that went on behind the scenes.”
Co-director Mark Edmonds added: “The strangest thing I find is why now? Why go by all this time? Someone must have it all these years. It just seems strange to me.
“When I first heard about it, it almost made me wonder if Microsoft was deliberately leaking for some reason? (Laughs) I don’t think it makes sense, but it makes you think. ”