Posted on August 7, 2008,

Rare Says GoldenEye XBLA Stuck in "No Man's Land"

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There are those like myself who still cling to the hope that Rare will one day be able to release GoldenEye on Xbox Live Arcade. It seems extraordinarily unlikely that we’ll ever see that happen, as the game is currently “locked in no man’s land” according to Rare’s Nick Burton.

Speaking with at the Develop conference last week, Burton talked about the difficulties the game has faced. “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,” he said. “It’s incredibly hard to solve because there’s so many license holders involved. You’ve got the guys that own the license to the gaming rights now, the guys that have the license to Bond as an IP, and there are umpteen licensees.”

Earlier this year, sources told 1UP that the game was killed because Microsoft and Nintendo couldn’t come to terms financially. Burton explained that there’s really nothing that Rare can do, which certainly supports the earlier story. Burton explained, “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.”

It simply wasn’t meant to be.

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10 Comments on Rare Says GoldenEye XBLA Stuck in "No Man's Land"


On August 7, 2008 at 5:03 pm

cmoe to xbox a system for tru fps
or wii because the controls are awesome for fps
ps3 is utter crap becasue of its effort lessly made controller
man but i must admit that its gonna feel weird playing this game with single stick


On August 7, 2008 at 5:11 pm

Microsoft should of never bought rare imo.


On August 7, 2008 at 5:21 pm

ps3 controller is not effortlessly made, they didnt need to change it because it has been the same design for the last 15 years, people have always liked the dualshock design, so you simply cant call such thing “effortlessly made”.

also IMO, real fps are on PC. mouse-keyboard > controller.

PS: you can install mouse and keyboard on ps3, you cant on 360.


On August 7, 2008 at 5:25 pm

It just occurred to me that MGM are co-owners of the James Bond ip and Sony bought them 3 years ago.

I imagine that may be relevant to this :wink:


On August 7, 2008 at 7:52 pm

u would need a mouse and keyboard t play fps on ps3
ps3 controller is for playing fps


On August 7, 2008 at 8:00 pm

i own a 360 wii and ps3 and i must admit that ps3 sucks ass when it comes t shooters
ps3 controller is good for games without any action like rpgs

and when it comes t fps, 360 controller just fits right in ur hand
and wiimote fps works like a magic wand
too bad wii has crap games though so that just kills the awesome controller


On August 8, 2008 at 1:22 am

Great, so because suits can’t come to agreements on who takes how much of the profit the customer won’t see the game. Fantastic.


On August 8, 2008 at 4:02 am

They donĀ“t have any imagination – call it “008 – BlueEye”, change some textures, release it .. DONE


On August 8, 2008 at 12:19 pm

____GoldenEye was surpassed by the UT2004 Ballistics Mod ages ago! Do this… Just take your trusty copy of UT2004, patch that sucker, and then download the Ballistics 2.0 mod along with TweakTools for some one-hit kills shenanigans. GoldenEye didn’t have vehicles, martians, maps the sizes of small cities or a whole world full of more mutators than you can shake a Golden Gun at. GoldenEye was good in its day. That day has gone. Other games have come along–great ones. Try the above-mentioned to see my point.

_____I’ve been playing UT2004 for four years now and the game still rocks my socks. It’s also rocking other people’s socks–according to the stats at For a game to last that long is amazing. More amazing still is how UT2004 won’t be tied up for fifty years in licensing boondogles and backroom bungholery with coke-snorting business-executives who don’t do anything for anybody unless you’re a relative or willing to drop trou…if not both. Folks, GoldenEye is deader than disco. Long live UT2004.


On August 8, 2008 at 6:58 pm

@Egglesplork: You ignorant son of a .