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Ubisoft Forced To Pull 'GoldenEye 007' Fan Maps From 'Far Cry 5'

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Ubisoft Forced To Pull 'GoldenEye 007' Fan Maps From 'Far Cry 5'

The Far Cry 5 community are a creative lot, and the maps they make for the Arcade mode are amazing. Unfortunately, one GoldenEye 007 themed map has been struck off as per MGM.

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Once you're through with the story of Far Cry 5 and Hope County has been blown to smithereens, the Arcade allows players to continue to hone their skills in new arenas. There are solo, two-player, and multiplayer maps on offer, with objectives like Assault, Outpost, Journey, Bounty Hunt, Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch. However, with a library of over 10,000 objects from Far Cry 5, Far Cry 4, Far Cry Primal, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag and Assassin's Creed Unity, a fair few players push aside chasing glory and focus on creating something interesting that they're happy to share with the community. For example, a player has made the Razor Crest from The Mandalorian, Nook's Cranny from Animal Crossing, and of course, this map modelled after GoldenEye 007.

Watch gameplay of the upcoming Far Cry 6 here, featuring the gorgeous island of Yara and the volatile political situation that is one spark away from total combustion.

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When fans of their GoldenEye 007 map informed them that the project was no longer available in the library in Arcade, creator Krollywood was well aware of the omission. "Yes, unfortunately Ubisoft deleted all my maps because of a mail from MGM," they replied on YouTube. They then shared the full notice sent to them from Ubisoft on behalf of MGM, the studio that owns James Bond.

"It has been brought to my attention that your company currently hosts a remake of the 18 levels of the "GOLDENEYE 007" (1997) videogame crafted by Krollywood in the Far Cry 5 Arcade Mode. Exploiting our Bond Properties whether by you directly, or by a third party user, is unequivocally not admissible nor protected," explained the notice. "Krollywood's GoldenEye 007 remake makes unduly use of our trademarks, US TM No. 2957173 (GOLDENEYE) and EUTM No. 2045473 (GOLDENEYE Stylized and Design). Further, the cited remake inescapably benefits from our famous 1995 motion picture of the same name, protected under U.S. Copyright registration No. PA 1-397-651."

Far Cry 6 / Credit: Ubisoft
Far Cry 6 / Credit: Ubisoft
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Blimey. Expectedly, the response from the community has been an emotional one. "I hope your craftsmanship can be channelled elsewhere in the future for the gaming world to experience and enjoy," said KBL1974. It does look like Krollywood would be in the clear if they made some small changes, however. "Thank you, man. Yes, they had to delete the levels. But maybe a re-release is possible, just with some little changes in names like "GoldenEye", "Natalya" etc," they explained.

Regrettably, this isn't the first instance that this has happened and it's likely not to be the last. GoldenEye 25 was a fan remake of GoldenEye 007 from two developers who loved the original game to bits and wanted to honour its anniversary with a renewed release."We thought maybe MGM would accept these sorts of things when it's made clear that it doesn't yield any money," said one of the team members in an interview with us. "And especially after years of development and plenty of news coverage, we thought someone must have got the hint that we're working on something." Get the whole story here.

Featured Image Credit: Rare, Nintendo

Topics: News, Far Cry, Ubisoft

Imogen Donovan
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