Rumours are swirling about a potential remaster of the classic shooter GoldenEye 007, which is reportedly set to be unveiled soon. According to VentureBeat journalist Jeff Grubb, the remaster will be announced in the next few weeks, but it won’t be by original publisher Nintendo but rather Xbox.
Speaking on his Giant Bomb show GrubbSnax, Grubb stated that Microsoft is likely to reveal the GoldenEye 007 remaster in the next few weeks. Additionally, he also mentioned that the game will be released fairly soon too. However, he fell short of mentioning any other details.
Grubb’s full statement on the GoldenEye 007 remaster reads:
“I think that Microsoft is going to be the one to announce that first. I think this game is probably coming pretty soon, I’m thinking next couple of weeks.”
Microsoft unveiling the remaster makes sense, as the original GoldenEye 007 game was developed by Rare, who are currently one of Xbox’s studios. However, attempts to rerelease the game in the past have been troublesome, with rights theoretically shared between MGM, Nintendo and Microsoft who all need to approve a new version.
Goldeneye 007 was developed by Rare and first released on the Nintendo 64 in 1997, loosely based on the 1995 James Bond movie GoldenEye. The first-person shooter was applauded because it showed the viability of the genre existing on consoles at the time. All first-person shooters were predominantly limited to PC before its release, which included Doom and Quake.
It’s likely that the GoldenEye 007 remaster will be multiplatform – or at least for Nintendo Switch too – given that Rare has primarily developed games exclusively for Xbox consoles since their acquisition. However, the strange ownership of the IP between numerous publishers could be the reason it doesn’t remain an Xbox exclusive.
We’ll just have to wait and see if these rumours turn out to be true, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it does end up being announced soon.
Source: Jeff Grubb