In 2002, Rare was bought by Microsoft, who continued developing games for other platforms, and then started developing Viva Pinata and Kinect games for the Xbox 360. It wasn’t until the Xbox One was released that we got an awesome collection of Rare titles in the Rare Replay. However, one game was missing, and that was Goldeneye. Due to licensing issues, it was never to be, but it was apparently meant to get a release on Xbox 360. Here’s some footage of it in action.
The game would have been a HD remaster, with a feature allowing you to switch the graphics style between modern and Nintendo 64, the original release. Similar to the Halo Anniversary versions, this would have been an awesome experience, especially for someone like myself who loved Goldeneye more than anything at the time, and even completed it with and all of its challenges.
New multiplayer maps were also on the list of features, so you could fight on Dam, Frigate and Depot. I’m sure Frigate was already available, but then again, it’s so long ago, I’m probably just confusing it with the awesome single player campaign.
It was due to be released via Xbox Live Arcade (XBLA) as a digital release, and would have offered 60fps gameplay.
If you never played Goldeneye 007 on the N64 and don’t know what all the fuss is about, read about it in more detail in our Retro Corner. It was a superb game, which eventually saw a future in Perfect Dark.