The game files for Rare’s cancelled GoldenEye 007 Remaster have been shared onto the internet.
The remaster, originally planned for release on Xbox 360 via XBLA but eventually cancelled due to a rights issue, was brought to everyone’s attention once again last month via a video showing a full playthrough. But now the files have been posted to archive and sharing sites on the internet, allowing the public to get their hands on the doomed project.
As demonstrated by the video uploaded to YouTube, this remaster allows you to swap between original and upgraded visuals, much like the Halo remasters. It runs at 60FPS and can be played at 4K, which is quite a leap beyond the capabilities of the Xbox 360 console for which it was built.
In the YouTube video of the remaster, uploader Graslu00 says that they were told the game would be possibly released in some form to the public in 2021. It appears that release has come very quickly.
Playing this version requires the use of an emulator or a modded Xbox 360, so it’s important to note that anyone wishing to seek the files out will be dabbling in murky legal waters, not to mention the fact that the game itself has likely leaked from within Rare and can thus be considered stolen property.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer.