GoldenEye Xbox Remaster Leaks, Is Fully Playable On PC

An unauthorized build of the cancelled GoldenEye 007 remaster for Xbox 360 has leaked online, and it's fully playable.

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The ill-fated GoldenEye 007 Remaster for the Xbox 360 was canceled back in 2008, but a nearly-complete build of the project has now leaked online (thanks, VGC). Fans of the classic game are posting screenshots and footage of the unauthorized leak all over social media, and it looks quite impressive.

A video showing off the leaked build was posted online a few days ago, triggering a surge of interest in the cancelled game. Like other remasters such as Halo: The Master Chief Collection, it gives fans the option of switching between the revamped graphics and the N64 original. The gameplay remains unchanged, as do the sound effects. They are pretty unmistakable, with loud explosions when everything from explosives to tables are shot. Does it make any sense? No, but at this point, changing something so iconic would be more jarring than it was originally when we shot a table and saw it explode into a massive fireball.

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However, the online multiplayer mode that was supposed to be included isn't in the build. GoldenEye multiplayer was a huge success on N64, offering four-player split-screen matches. The character Oddjob was something of a nuisance, as his short height made him difficult to hit.

Despite its status as one of the most beloved console shooters of all time, GoldenEye 007 has never been officially remastered. GoldenEye composer Grant Kirkhope--who wasn't involved in the project, but was at Rare during its development--told VGC last week that the Xbox remaster was cancelled due to the multiple stakeholders involved in the project, which include Activision, Microsoft, and Nintendo. A Wii reimagining of the game was released in 2010, but it changed almost every aspect of the game, including changing Bond from Pierce Brosnan to Daniel Craig.

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