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