GoldenEye fever is once again sweeping the nation.
If you or a friend owned a Nintendo 64 console in the 90s, then no doubt you’ve played at least one round of GoldenEye 007 multiplayer. While certainly not the first first-person shooter game ever made, it was one of the first major home console ones and, more importantly, made a major contribution to the popularity of splitscreen multiplayer shooting. A fan-remaster of the original game using Valve’s Source engine is still regularly played online, and you can bet people still play the original when the opportunity presents itself. It’s been a hot minute since we got a new James Bond game (a notable one, anyway), but there may be a new one on the horizon, and with a rather fitting developer behind the wheel.
IO Interactive, best known for the stealth-assassin Hitman series, posted a teaser today for a brand new James Bond-themed project, tentatively titled “Project 007.” As it’s only a teaser, details are scarce, but what we do know is that it will be an entirely original James Bond story, not based on any existing film, and is being developed with all next-gen platforms and PC in mind. IO will be working in tandem with MGM, Eon Productions, and Delphi to make this ambitious game happen in the best possible manner.
Hitman developer IO Interactive's next game will be a James Bond origin story titled Project 007.pic.twitter.com/KLkdj2SkP5
— Okami (@Okami13_) November 19, 2020
In response to the teaser, “Goldeneye” has begun trending on Twitter, though some users seem to be under the impression that rather than a brand new game, Project 007 will be a modern remake of GoldenEye 007. Other users, including popular YouTuber Matt McMuscles, have shot down this theory, as the original GoldenEye 007 game license is in a complicated place.
Goldeneye is trending. So let me remind everyone:
EON Productions owns 007.
IO Interactive owns the video game rights to 007.
Nintendo published Goldeneye on the N64.
Goldeneye was made by Rare, who is owned by Microsoft.
A remaster of the N64 game ain't happening.
— Matt McMuscles (@MattMcMuscles) November 19, 2020
Nevertheless, if any developer can handle a stealth spy action game, it is most definitely IO Interactive. And if it happens to revive the GoldenEye multiplayer scene in the process, all the better.