The N64’s GoldenEye 007 won’t be coming back in an official capacity anytime soon, but Xbox Live Arcade’s upcoming Perfect Dark remake will give a taste of what it would be like.
Current Microsoft Game Studios creative director Ken Lobb, who once worked on 1997 N64 shooter GoldenEye 007 while at Nintendo, has indicated that the game is not a property he has any say in bringing back as a remake. Instead, he’s been working on a remake of its spiritual sequel, the N64’s Perfect Dark, which will include a little of James Bond’s DNA, though not the kind he donates to saucily-named harlots.
The designers of Perfect Dark were able to add weapons and multiplayer levels from GoldenEye 007 when it released on the N64, and Ken Lobb confirmed to Kotaku that the same will be true for its Xbox Live remake. These multiplayer levels will be the Facility, Temple, and Complex; names that bring back some great memories. Weapons were not specifically listed, though they likely will include a version of the one-hit-kill Golden Gun and the Klobb, which is notorious for being a piece of junk but really fun to kill people with anyway.
The remake of Perfect Dark is coming to Xbox Live in March and will be priced at 800 Microsoft Points. While the game’s multiplayer was extremely fun back in the day thanks to its plethora of maps, modes, and weapons, I’m wondering how well it will hold up today. $10 is not a lot of money for a fun multiplayer game, so even if the gameplay ends up feeling slow compared to today’s fast-paced shooters it could be fun for a little fragging. Including GoldenEye nostalgia doesn’t hurt, either.