The developers of Goldeneye 25, a fan remake of the Nintendo 64 best-seller, have been ordered to cease development.
In a statement shared via Twitter, the team said it had been "kindly asked" by MGM Studios and license holder Danjaq to shut down their project, and will be complying.
Goldeneye 25 aimed to recreate the single-player missions of the original game on PC in Unreal Engine 4, with plans to launch around its forebear's 25th anniversary in August 2022.
It would have been a free release, but MGM and Danjaq have still decided to protect their rights.
"This was always in the back of our heads as a possibility, but we've tried our best to keep going," the team wrote. "We cannot do a Bond game but we can still do a great game with all the beloved aspects of our favourite '90s action shooter."
Work on the game will now be redeveloped into Project Ianus. The original Goldeneye 25 Twitter account will be deleted later this week, replaced by one for the new project.
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