Rare Devs Still Playing Xbox’s Unannounced GoldenEye 007 Port

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A few employees still appear to be unlocking behind-the-scenes achievements for an unannounced Xbox port of GoldenEye 007.

Earlier this year, the developers were first spotted apparently playing an Xbox version of the classic N64 shooter, as their progress was recorded on tracking sites.

Now, TrueAchivements – a site that syncs and tracks achievement activity – has recorded other recent activity, showing that a Gamertag associated with a rare engineer unlocked another GoldenEye achievement this week.

According to the site, user “BigSheep” unlocked the achievement. The Gamertag appears to belong to Rare lead engineer James Thomas, who previously worked on N64 ports for Rare Replay in 2015.

It was reported earlier this year that GoldenEye 007 for Xbox could be announced imminently – a claim that VGC’s own sources had corroborated. However, it is likely that Russia’s invasion of Ukraine altered the timelines, due to the heavy Soviet themes of the N64 game.

Goldeneye 007 has faced numerous legal issues when a re-release has been attempted in the past, with rightsholders Nintendo, Microsoft, and MGM theoretically all required to approve a new version of the game.

However, 2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the James Bond franchise, suggesting that the most iconic video game in franchise history could finally be re-released as part of the celebration.

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And there’s evidence it could happen: A brand that allows the term Goldeneye to be used for “downloadable electronic game software” got a second expansion in March.

Last year it was confirmed that Microsoft was to shelve an already completed remaster of the classic N64 game for the Xbox 360, following licensing issues and miscommunication between licensees and a young team. who rushed to create it, despite a deal for the game never having been signed.

A working version of the canceled Xbox 360 remaster of GoldenEye 007 was leaked on file-sharing sites in early 2021, allowing those with access to the files to play it through a modded console or PC emulator. At the time, VGC reviewed the leaked Xbox GoldenEye build and called it “the greatest remaster you’ll likely ever play.”

Speaking to VGC for the first time in a GoldenEye Xbox interview last year, the canned remaster’s co-directors said they don’t think it will ever be officially released.

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