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GoldenEye 007 is one of the great co-op shooters of the 1990s. Rare's 1997 James Bond adaptation may have impressed with its eye-popping visuals and single-player campaign, but it really came alive with its multiplayer.
You have to understand that nobody was particularly convinced that first-person shooters could work on consoles around this time. The fact Rare nailed it, much less managed to incorporate four-player local multiplayer, is nothing short of a miracle. GoldenEye 007 will forever be remembered for its frantic action and wide variety of modes, characters, and weapons that ensured you'd be playing with friends until four in the morning.
It's little surprise, then, that fans everywhere are still praying for a modern remaster or remake. We've had some gorgeous looking fan projects, and even one official remake that was ultimately cancelled. A GoldenEye 007 remake has always remained just out of reach. Now, at last, there may be light at the end of the tunnel.
It appears that Danjaq, LLC has renewed the trademark for GoldenEye with the intent to use for "electronic game software." For those who don't know (because why would you?), Danjaq is the holding company "responsible for the copyright and trademarks to the characters, elements, and other material related to James Bond on screen".
The trademark renewal was spotted and shared by XboxEra.com co-founder Nick "Shpeshal Ed" Baker. It looks like it was first filed back in August last year, and approved last month, on March 16. There's no way to know for sure what Danjaq is planning to do with the trademark, but even the whiff of a Goldeneye remaster, remake, or port is cause for celebration among fans.
Baker also stressed that this renewal is unlikely to be in reference to the rumoured upcoming partnership between Nintendo and Xbox, but did claim that Danjaq has been the only thing holding back a GoldenEye 007 remake all these years. That definitely does make this renewal much more interesting.
While we patiently wait for news of a GoldenEye 007 remake that may or not happen (please happen), we do know that there's a brand-new James Bond game in development right now at Hitman studio IO Interactive. A sign that Bond is once again dipping his toe back in the video game waters in a big way? Let's hope so.
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