History tends to repeat itself, and when it comes to the gaming industry, those repetitions are reduced to annual occurrences. For example, gamers can always count on several The Sims DLCs being released in a single year, at least one Assassin’s Creed and Call of Duty game a year, Electronic Arts ruining a game every two years, and yet another rumor about GoldenEye 007 remake every 6 to 12 months. Well, it’s that time of the year again, and yet another GoldenEye 007 remake is on the way.
The news comes from IGN, and just like the previous time, it suggests that the 1997’s Nintendo hit GoldenEye 007, deemed the best James Bond video game ever, is being remade. However, unlike previous reports, which concerned annual trademark filings by Danjaq LLC, the trademarks owners of the James Bond franchise, this time, the gaming community has irrefutable proof in the form of leaked in-game achievements — just like the same irrefutable proof regarding the same, or perhaps similar leak that happened in January this year.
Well, as it turns out, there’s no need for sarcasm because there appears to be some movement behind the curtains that fell over GoldenEye 007 more than two decades ago. According to previous reports, Xbox achievements for GoldenEye 007 leaked, and the gaming community deduced that these had nothing to do with the canceled remaster for Xbox 360, which was never released due to challenging IP rights issues.
Following the said leak, Danjaq LLC changed its original trademark filing category to “downloadable electronic game software,” which also suggested that a remake was in progress, considering that the original GoldenEye 007 wasn’t downloadable at the time of its release. So, unless Danjaq LLC has granted the license to a gaming company that’s developing the game as modern, downloadable software, what was the point of category change?
So, what’s exactly the news here? Well, the Xbox Achievements haven’t changed; they’re still the same achievements that were leaked in January, which would grant the usual 1,000 Gamerscore. However, this time, they’re listed on Microsoft’s official website, adding some weight to the situation with leaked achievements and Danjaq’s license renewal. However, the weight it adds is negligible without an official confirmation about GoldenEye 007 remake being in development.
We would like to point out, yet again, that the remake/remaster of the game has been long- and frequently rumored, and all but confirmed time and time again. The closes thing the gaming community ever got to an actual remaster/remake of the game happened last year when someone recreated GoldenEye 007 in Far Cry 5’s level editor. The fan-made remake was distributed as a custom mission for Far Cry 5 via PSN for PlayStation 4.
Surprisingly, the fan-made remake wasn’t removed by Nintendo, who’s being introverted regarding its releases and event attendances as of late, and has no issues with removing its content from various events and storefronts left and right. This is especially surprising, considering that the company prevented Microsoft from releasing the official GoldenEye 007 remake the tech giant had developed for Xbox 360.