Rare on GoldenEye 007’s comeback: “We kept talking until we made it”

Golden Eye 007
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The planets aligned a few weeks ago: Nintendo announced that the N64 classic GoldenEye 007 would be re-released on modern platforms. It is about a miracle, considering how long the game has been stuck in licensing hell.

Rare boss Craig Duncan has now shed some light on the situation behind the scenes at a GI Live panel. The team actually tried to get the game out on rare repeat in 2015 for the company’s 30th anniversary, but licensing issues got in the way. In the end, Rare just persisted and was able to make it happen:

Craig Duncan: “To be honest, it took us longer than I wanted. We tried to line it up for when we did Rare Replay in 2015, which I guess was Rare’s 30th anniversary.

“As you can imagine, things around licensing and published games just have complexities… there was a lot of talk, a lot of talk with our friends at Nintendo, the people at MGM, the people at Xbox, and we kept talking until it made happened. We made it happen, so I’m proud of that.”

The Switch didn’t even come out in 2015, so perhaps this outcome worked out better for Nintendo. Ultimately though, GoldenEye 007 is making a comeback! When it lands on the Switch, Nintendo gamers can expect to relive the game’s single-player and multiplayer modes. There’s even an online mode for the Switch Online version of the game.

An Xbox version will also be released, which includes achievements, native 16:9 resolution up to 4K Ultra HD, and smoother frame rates (via Pure Xbox). It will also be available on Game Pass.

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