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Cancelled GoldenEye Xbox Remaster Build Leaks

GoldenEye 007's planned remake has leaked online.
GoldenEye 007's planned remake has leaked online. / Photo courtesy of Rare/Nintendo

A playable build of the planned GoldenEye 007 remake has leaked online, allowing players to try out an unfinished version of the cancelled remake. This is the first time the remake has been made available to the public since a UK magazine revealed its existence in 2008.

GoldenEye 007 first arrived on the Nintendo 64 in 1997, where it became a landmark of multiplayer video game design. The remake was originally set to be released digitally via the Xbox Live Arcade in 2008. Problems around securing the rights to the game prevented it from being released despite being nearly complete.

Now, a ROM of the almost finished game is floating around file sharing websites. It reportedly includes the fully remastered single-player campaign and multiplayer, but lacks the online multiplayer component the finished remake would have included. It also allows players to swap between the original N64 visuals and the updated graphics at will.

The leak of the ROM itself comes on the heels of a two-hour video showing content from the remaster released Jan. 29.

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