It was less than two weeks ago that we were talking about GoldenEye: Source, a fan-made HD remake of the original Nintendo 64 classic GoldenEye: 007 that’s been in the making for the past 10 years. One of the main reason that project even exists is because Rare never got around to remastering the original... except, they did.

As the story goes, Rare actually developed a remastered version of GoldenEye: 007 for the Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360 around 2008 or so. Just a few months before completion, however, the project was reportedly derailed due to a licensing dispute.

Rather than try and settle things, the near-complete game was apparently set aside to never see the light of day. Until now.

YouTube user Rare Thief has uploaded roughly half an hour of footage purportedly from the lost GoldenEye: 007 Xbox Live Arcade remake. There’s really no way I can think of to verify its authenticity but it certainly looks like the real thing.

As you’ll see, the player uses the rumored feature of switching between the original graphics and the remade textures on-the-fly. Based on wording used on the Rare Thief website (which the YouTube video links to in its description), it doesn’t sound as if the YouTuber actually played the game / recorded this footage himself.

Near the end, we're also treated to some footage from the multiplayer mode which, if we're being honest with ourselves, is what really made this such a great game.