GoldenEye Remake Reportedly ‘In Limbo’ Due to the War in Ukraine

GoldenEye 007 for the Nintendo 64 is an iconic 90s release. However, the era doesn’t translate well for modern gamers due to its blocky 3D graphics, lack of online multiplayer, and general unavailability. So when there were rumors of an updated remake of GoldenEye 007 made by the game’s original developer, Rare, anticipation started to grow. Sadly, the GoldenEye 007 remake has largely disappeared despite evidence of an announcement coming, with a new report shedding light on why that is.

Jeff Grubb of GamesBeat recently shared some information about the development of GoldenEye 007 on Twitter. A conversation had started about what was going on with GoldenEye 007 and Grubb casually intervened with a response. According to Grubb, GoldenEye 007 is currently “in limbo”. He also shared a general explanation why, stating that it’s in limbo because of the “war.” Grubb gives no further details, but seems confident to report on the subject.

While Grubb doesn’t say it explicitly, it’s safe to assume he’s referring to the ongoing war in Ukraine. GoldenEye 007 is set partly in Russia and involves a variety of intrigue and conflict, which could explain why Microsoft has decided to pause the game. It could also simply be a matter of gun violence holding the game back, although that was hardly an issue for the video game industry in the past.

What is unfortunately unclear is the state of development of GoldenEye 007. Grubb left this topic ambiguous, perhaps intentionally. GoldenEye 007 could still be somewhere in the middle of development, with the project shut down due to the Ukrainian conflict. Alternatively, GoldenEye 007 development may be nearing completion or near completion, with Microsoft simply waiting for a more opportune time to announce and release the game.

To be clear, while the new GoldenEye 007 game is being talked about as a real game, it has not been officially announced or confirmed. There is always a possibility that the subject is confused, or that there is more or less to the project than meets the eye. Grubb’s casual statement about the game’s development is certainly affirmative, but fans of the original GoldenEye 007 should definitely remain a little skeptical until more information is available.

The best answer anyone can give right now is that regardless of the status of GoldenEye 007’s development, everyone has hopes for the continued security of the Ukrainian people and a peaceful end to the war. This is probably exactly what Microsoft and Rare are hoping for as well.

GoldenEye 007 rumor has it that it is in development.

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