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GoldenEye 64 re-release is unlikely

GoldenEye 64 re-release is unlikely

According to Rare, the rumoured deal between Rare, Microsoft and Nintendo for a GoldenEye re-release has fallen apart.

Rare, the Microsoft-owned studio behind one of the best licensed games ever made, has said that the chances of GoldenEye 64 getting a re-release on modern consoles is now very, very slim.

Rumours of a deal between Microsoft and Nintendo and Rare started doing the rounds a while back, but have now been quashed in full. Both Nintendo and Microsoft had wanted to re-release the classic James Bond game, GoldenEye 64, for their consoles, but the issue was complicated by the fact that both console manufacturers held a stake in the license and neither wanted to relinquish it to their rival.

Released in 1997 on the Nintendo 64 by a then-independent Rare Studios, GoldenEye 64 is still a much-loved classic and Rare's proven success with console FPS games was probably a big factor in Microsoft's decision to buy the studio.

Addressing a reader question for Nintendo Everything though, a Rare spokesperson confirmed that the deal had pretty much fallen apart.

"That was some time ago, my friend. Fate was against us that day," he said. "Destiny conspired to raise the hurdles even as we attempted to clear them, resulting in unpleasant groinal injury. I suspect we're long past the stage where an agreement was on the cards, but you never know. Stranger things have happened… somewhere … probably."

It's a shame - there's a whole generation of people out there who haven't played GoldenEye 64. Let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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TWeaK 21st September 2009, 14:22 Quote
Goldeneye was great, but I always preferred Perfect Dark. Conker's Bad Hair Day was a masterpiece!
cjoyce1980 21st September 2009, 14:22 Quote
nintendo, microsoft......... just sort your sh!t out please
ChaosDefinesOrder 21st September 2009, 14:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
Goldeneye was great, but I always preferred Perfect Dark. Conker's Bad Hair Day was a masterpiece!

oh unholy crap Conker BHD was a freaking hilarious game!

"Feck Off Crows"
Combinho 21st September 2009, 14:34 Quote
Goldeneye was what got me into gaming (along with Duke), so it is a shame that there will not be a re-release. But, then again, maybe it is best left as a happy memory, rather than seeing its flaws through modern eyes.
mi1ez 21st September 2009, 14:43 Quote
What a terrible interviewee!

Guess I'll just have to stick with Goldeneye:Source!
valmadasss 21st September 2009, 15:38 Quote
they must agree. i want to see golden eye and perfect dark on both consoles... perfect dark is SUPER!!! if they don't know how to make a worthy sequel or something... then rare try to do a good remake (PDZero is a good game but it would be a thousand times better if you had done a remake)
SpeedLegion 21st September 2009, 15:41 Quote
Anyone know if there is a N64 shaped controller for the PC? Would be great for using with modern games :D I always loved the central trigger under the analogue stick :P
valmadasss 21st September 2009, 15:46 Quote
original perfect dark has: super scenario, real action, horror, strategy, and unlimited features that will need for me days to write... that why it's the best game ever...
valmadasss 21st September 2009, 15:50 Quote
i don't think there is any... i use the xbox360controller it's great... oh now that i remembered it. the double controller use of perfect dark was very cool
13eightyfour 21st September 2009, 16:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combinho
Goldeneye was what got me into gaming (along with Duke), so it is a shame that there will not be a re-release. But, then again, maybe it is best left as a happy memory, rather than seeing its flaws through modern eyes.

This^^

I loved goldeneye, i spent hours trying to unlock everything, I think it still is the only game ive completed 100% and unlocked everything in the process.

I still have an occasional dabble on the source version, and even had an N64 emulator on my old PC just to play it.

Dispite my love for the game, id rather it didnt get a rehashed re-release. If they remade it EXACTLY as the original i might be interested but we all know that wouldnt be the case.
HourBeforeDawn 21st September 2009, 16:25 Quote
okay if they do make a remake I dont want them to touch a thing not even the graphics or if anything have a classic graphics version and then the new version as options. That would be awesome and probably cause me to buy a Wii again or a 360 for this game ^^
roblikesbeer 21st September 2009, 16:26 Quote
Noooooooooooooo... my friends and I must have played hundreds of hours of Goldeneye multiplayer - an online version would have been fantastic!
Altron 21st September 2009, 16:44 Quote
I liked Goldeneye back when I played over at friends' houses, but when mom got Altron and his little brother a Nintendo 64 for xmas one year, we both went crazy for Perfect Dark. It had a cool single-player plot, (remember Elvis?), co-op was excellent because it let you enjoy the plot as well as play with a friend (I wish more games had co-op) as well as having a really fun multiplayer arena, interesting levels (several of the best Goldeneye maps stayed for PD). THe flexibility of multiplayer was great, too. You could customize which weapons spawned where, and make some really cool options witht hat. I had like 4-5 different custom combinations saved, ranging from normal to way out-there. Ever play a FPS where everyone had a rocket launcher? Or one where everyone had only throwing knives and crossbows? Or having all the weapons be mines and grenades? I liked the game modes too, like King of the Hill. Plus, then it had the Sim players, which could range from "dumb as a brick" to "headshot machine". It's rare that even after hundreds of hours of playtime, DarkSims were still challenging. Very good scalability on the difficulty level.
Silver51 21st September 2009, 16:56 Quote
Well, there's always Goldeneye Source.
1ad7 21st September 2009, 17:04 Quote
If you havnt played golden eye 64 then your just not a gamer. We spent every summer running to eachothers houses playing 4 player golden eye. That was until runescape....
BioSniper 21st September 2009, 17:18 Quote
I'm actually glad (flame proof suit on here btw). Re-played it at work recently over lunches and by modern standards the gameplay really is rather bad.
I never played it back when it was released as I was born and bred on PC anyway so never saw the attraction anyway.
centy 21st September 2009, 18:31 Quote
They both have a share? So how about 50/50 on the profits, or whatever share they have.

Talk about stubborn, both parties will be losing millions surely?
Orothe 21st September 2009, 19:02 Quote
Yay my first comment! (Sorry, I've read Bit-Tech for a while now at work but only recently have I decided to post)

Goldeneye 64 WAS a pretty awesome game. But I have to admit, Perfect Dark was my favorite.

It saved your stats, kills, accuracy, total ammo used, LOTS of weapons (Heck I think it had more weapons than even Fallout 3.) Not to mention EVERY weapon had a SECONDARY mode. Slash with a knife, or throw it? Conserve your fire with the Cyclone or fire off an entire clip at once?

And there was even plenty of fun to have outside of the main story line. Setting up your own matchs with basically game-creator powers. Set the AI, set how they fight (Do they prefer explosives, fight with their fist, or have a regenerating shield?) And yes, DarkSim was a huge challenge. Faster, deadly accuracy, AND has the internal ability to cloak.

My fav was to set up all FistSims, so they'd charge at you trying to hit ya, which made you extremely dizzy.. It was kinda like a zombie survival game, or at least I pretended it was at that time lol.

Unlock 2nd player characters, cheats, weapons, missions.

Seriously.. Goldeneye 64 would be a fun remake, but I think they should remake Perfect Dark more.. .. .. and make it Online. >.>
Joeymac 21st September 2009, 19:03 Quote
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Originally Posted by centy
They both have a share? So how about 50/50 on the profits, or whatever share they have.

Talk about stubborn, both parties will be losing millions surely?

Online Goldeneye death matches? They are losing billions!... probably. Nintendo should just relinquish and let them put it on the arcade, with a little resolution update it would sell like warm buns.
MErchunter 21st September 2009, 19:21 Quote
Goldeneye is the best game i have ever played, it was such a classic on the N64, and i'm glad they aren't remaking it. They just wouldnt be able to capture the magic with a newer version.
samkiller42 21st September 2009, 20:11 Quote
Wait, Rare, a company owned by Micosoft failed to reach a deal with Microsoft? Confused i am yes...

Sam
ZERO <ibis> 21st September 2009, 20:37 Quote
They probably could not figure out how much to pay themselves...

Too bad, that game was awesome. Luckily we still have the mod version on the pc :D
Combinho 21st September 2009, 21:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by samkiller42
Wait, Rare, a company owned by Micosoft failed to reach a deal with Microsoft? Confused i am yes...

Nintendo co-own the rights to Goldeneye 64...
Combatus 21st September 2009, 23:45 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
Goldeneye was great, but I always preferred Perfect Dark. Conker's Bad Hair Day was a masterpiece!

Golden Eye was a classic, I enjoyed the singleplayer (especially getting the cheats!) as much as the multiplayer. Perfect Dark was Awesome on multiplayer but I never got into the singleplayer. I think I've probably played these two games more than any others.

Online Goldeneye Deathmatched would be freaking awesome, although I played it about a year ago and the graphics are now upsettingly crap :(
mute1 22nd September 2009, 00:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by BioSniper
I'm actually glad (flame proof suit on here btw). Re-played it at work recently over lunches and by modern standards the gameplay really is rather bad.
I never played it back when it was released as I was born and bred on PC anyway so never saw the attraction anyway.

I agree with you. If it was a PC game, I doubt it would have the same reputation. I tend to think that some of these games wouldn't have dared to test themselves against PC rivals, even if they had not been purposely tied to a console.
That's not to say that they have no merit, merely that they seem to be over-rated, especially by console gamers.
docodine 22nd September 2009, 01:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by Silver51
Well, there's always Goldeneye Source.

+500

Goldeneye sucked, Source saved it for me.
l3w1z 22nd September 2009, 03:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by docodine
+500

Goldeneye sucked, Source saved it for me.

Finally, someone who saw what goldeneye was really like.

To me, it's like the santa claus that raped me instead of the whole present giving thing that everyone else saw.
docodine 22nd September 2009, 06:23 Quote
It wasn't quite that bad, but coming from someone who grew up with newer games, I could never really see how it was fun.. Too primitive for me? I can barely play console shooters anyway. Halo 3 or CoD on a huge TV is cool, but only with my friends, and not with serious rules.

Goldeneye Source is great, especially the beta builds. It rules having a friend on the beta testing team. :D
azrael- 22nd September 2009, 06:56 Quote
Never played Goldeneye due to me never having owned any console (something I intend to stick by), but it's certainly a wellknown title. May have to check out the Source version...
Hasney 22nd September 2009, 10:31 Quote
All you guys asking for a Perfect Dark remake realize one is coming for XBLA, right? :D
fargo 22nd September 2009, 14:27 Quote
I have a solution, let rare port goldeneye to the pc and give ms and nintendo equal shares of the
profits. thats one game I could never get enough of!!
sc.uk^cRoSsFir3 22nd September 2009, 16:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
Goldeneye was great, but I always preferred Perfect Dark. Conker's Bad Hair Day was a masterpiece!

It was Conkers Bad Fur Day :D

That game was so damn funny. *I am the great mighty poo.....*
valmadasss 22nd September 2009, 16:31 Quote
and please rare don't destroy the game... (don't make it lego or something)
Timmy_the_tortoise 22nd September 2009, 23:32 Quote
I've not been bothered by this at all since the announcement of Perfect Dark on XBLA.

PD always had the best multiplayer.. plus it had Co-op.

I have to pinch myself sometimes to remind myself it's not a dream, and that PD is actually going to be released on XBLA.
speedfreek 23rd September 2009, 03:42 Quote
Am I the only one here who still keeps their vintage consoles hooked up and plays them, even if its only a few times a year. You have to do something with all those analog jacks on the back of your receiver.

Also how is Goldeneye Source? I haven't tried it in over a year now and it was just too unfinished the last time.
Timmy_the_tortoise 26th September 2009, 02:08 Quote
Goldeneye Source has come along leaps and bounds...

It's still in Beta last time I checked (which was a month or so ago), but it's changed a lot over the last year.. It's actually a really fun game.. Unfortunately not too many people play it.
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