Recreations of levels from N64’s GoldenEye created using Far Cry 5’s level editor have been removed following a copyright claim.
Games like PlayStation’s Dreams and Super Mario Maker allow players to get creative. People can design their own levels and have even been known to recreate other games inside of those ones. That’s where problems can arise. Recreating a game inside of another, especially if that game was originally created by a rival studio, can ruffle certain people’s feathers.
That has been demonstrated by the removal of some fan made levels in Far Cry 5 this week. YouTuber Krollywood spent two and half years meticulously recreating all 18 levels from the Nintendo 64’s GoldenEye using Far Cry 5’s level editor. However, all of Krollywood’s Bond-themed creations have now been removed by Ubisoft thanks to a copyright claim made by James Bond studio MGM.
“This matter is currently with the map’s creator and the rights holder and we have nothing further to share at this time,” Ubisoft told Kotaku. Even though Ubisoft doesn’t explicitly say MGM is the studio that filed the copyright complaint, Krollywood has revealed that was the case in a statement of their own. They also revealed that the levels are not gone forever as they are saved on their console, but it’s unclear whether they will ever be able to return to Far Cry 5.
GoldenEye is arguably one of the most popular games of all time, with those who played it having fond memories of its multiplayer. However, the tangled web over who owns the rights to it means an official remaster might never happen. Xbox boss Phil Spencer previously told those asking for a remaster there are “lot’s of different parties to work with, we’ve always given up.”
It’s unclear why MGM has chosen now to take action against the levels. Krollywood believes the coverage their work has received through major outlets in recent months might be the reason why, making their maps known to a far wider audience. It could also be Amazon taking stricter measures over unauthorized use of James Bond IP. Amazon bought MGM, including the rights to Bond, for more than $8 billion earlier this year.
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