A little over 25 years later, the classic shooter game has finally received its Last Dance moment. Officially titled GoldenEra, the Drew Roller-directed film chronicles all the behind-the-scenes drama of the development stage, waxes poetic about the sheer elegance and beauty of GoldenEye 007, as well as illustrates how a relatively small studio like Rare managed to create something so… impactful.
Here’s the synopsis courtesy of Altitude:
‘GoldenEra’ tells the incredible inside story of the creation and legacy of ‘GoldenEye 007,’ celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.
One of the greatest video games ever made, ‘GoldenEye 007’ was released for the Nintendo 64 in the summer of 1997 after two and a half years of gruelling hours, missed deadlines, and an unwavering commitment to perfection.
Developed in a farmhouse in Warwickshire by a small ragtag team of university graduates, most of whom had never worked on a game before, this iconic first-person shooter surpassed all expectations and went on to change gaming forever.
Told through interviews with the very people who created the revolutionary game, along with leading game journalists and industry professionals, ‘GoldenEra’ captures an unmissable moment in the history of gaming.
A good deal of netizens has come to believe the upcoming GoldenEye 007 documentary could in fact be tied to the long-rumoured remaster.
For context, a revamped edition of the classic Nintendo 64 title by Rare was originally slated to hit shelves in 2007. Due to licensing complications surrounding the Bond intellectual property, however, the studio – which is now owned by Microsoft – never delivered the promised remaster. And just to really rub salt into the open wound: the entire project was mostly finished with less than two months of work left.
In the past year, several leaks have made headlines, suggesting 90s kids and beyond were once again on the precipice of greatness. Last year, YouTube account Graslu00 decided to upload hours of gameplay with clarity like never before (4K resolution and 60fps thanks to the Xenia emulator), as well as to offer some unverified intel.
The playthrough showcased the following tried-and-true levels:
Graslu00’s footage also previewed the multiplayer aspect which, if you’re not fully prepared for, is likely to send you back in time.
Check out the FAQ attached to Graslu00’s leaked gameplay below:
- Is this related to the 4Chan leak earlier last month?
“No, not at all. That file is a dead weight that cannot be cracked. We’ve known of people with these builds for years before now from partnernet/pnet. It was just a matter of time.”
- How did you get hold of this?
“I can’t say. Patience is key.”
- Is this releasing soon/someday?
“Release is not on me, I cannot publish this. I’ve been told it’ll be released in 2021.” Side note: lol.
- Does this mean it’s being hoarded?
“No. Patience is key. I’ve been told it’ll be released eventually in 2021. I can’t and won’t take the risk of doing so.” Side note: lol x 2.
- Can I use this video footage for my news site/video review?
“Yes, but please credit me for the footage and do not modify the watermark. Do not straight up re-upload my video, either.”
- How do you feel about Nintendo cancelling this remake?
“Nintendo did not cancel this, they’re not the owners of the license. If you want GE back, ask the IP holders, not gaming companies.”
Fingers crossed we hear something soon.
The GoldenEye documentary, on the other hand, is already available to experience – check out the trailer above, and hit the link below to actually watch GoldenEra.