Rare: XBLA GoldenEye 'locked in no man's land'

Speaking to at last week's Develop conference in Brighton, Rare senior software engineer Nick Burton has expressed his own disappointment regarding GoldenEye for Xbox LIVE Arcade.

"That was a tricky one. To be fair, I kind of wished that the differences got sorted out, but obviously there's the licensing issue for Bond, even if it's something that's already come out," said Burton. "It's incredibly hard to solve because there's so many licence holders involved. You've got the guys that own the license to the gaming rights now, the guys that have the licence to Bond as an IP, and there are umpteen licensees."

Burton continued: "... but for me I just kind of thought that we'd never manage it, never quite make it. But the feeling's not too bad really. It's what it's like as a games developer. You have to treat something that's not seen the light of day as a prototype. I've had, what, four or five things that never happened. It's funny that we don't even talk about them a lot of the time, because you think, well, we might revisit it."

So what of the future regarding a possible release? Burton says it's not in Rare's hands.

"The ball's not in anybody at Rare's court really. It's squarely in the license holders' courts. It's a shame. It's kind of locked in this no man's land. There's nothing on LIVE Arcade, there's nothing on Wii," he explained.

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yankespawn3781d ago (Edited 3781d ago )


whoelse3781d ago

Bring it to the PSN :)

At least Sony owns the rights to the franchise (although not game publishing rights)

Superfragilistic3781d ago (Edited 3781d ago )

Actually MGM owns the Bond film rights, whilst Activision owns the Bond game licence. Nintendo owns the rights to the game Goldeneye, whilst Microsoft owns the rights to all of Rare's other titles. So the only one not involved is in fact Sony! ;)

It's a complicated licensing mess, but all the rumours point to Nintendo stonewalling despite MS offering the revamped Goldeneye for the Wii's Virtual Console in addition to XBLA. :)

whoelse3781d ago

Well Sony owns part of MGM.

Superfragilistic3781d ago (Edited 3781d ago )

"Well Sony owns part of MGM."

Yes true, but only 20% which means it has no direct control over MGM's licensing and film rights business. In the case of the Bond films Sony acts as distributor, but has no ownership of the licence... therefore it has no seat at the bargaining table when it comes to Goldeneye. :)

Relcom3781d ago (Edited 3781d ago )

Nintendo is being such A-holes not letting this game come out. I mean its done, why not just let it release on Wiiware and Xbox live then everybody is happy(except me,PS3 only :( ).

Spydiggity3781d ago

Did you even read the article?

kevnb3781d ago

a re-release of a very dated game isn't something to get worked up over.

Rock Bottom3781d ago

All the hype around this game and Perfect Dark was caused by Nintendo fanboys who never played a proper PC FPS at the time, good games? yes, but nothing close to the "best" FPS ever, I can name at least 5 PC fps which came out between 1997 and 2000 and are way better than those two.

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