May 28, 2022

Ubisoft Has Been Forced to Remove Those Goldeneye Levels From Far Cry 5.

This is why we can’t have nice things

Remember three weeks ago when the story broke that a Far Cry 5 player had made the entire N64 Goldeneye game in Far Cry 5’s Map Editor? Well, now you can’t play them thanks to a cease and desist from MGM.

After spending thousands of hours painstakingly recreating the levels, It’s such a shame that they’ve had to be removed, and to be honest the reason pretty petty as the levels were amazing to play.

Posting on Reddit, the level’s creator Krollywood went into detail:

Far Cry 5

Posting further, the full notice came to light:

On 6/23/2021, we received a notice from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, Inc. (“Complainant”) that Complainant believes the Goldeneye fan made mod in FC5 (detail below) infringes its intellectual property rights. In particular, Complainant believes you are infringing its copyright and trademarks

Comments from Complainant: It has been brought to my attention that your company currently hosts a remake of the 18 levels of the “GOLDENEYE 007” (1997) videogame crafted by Krollywood in the Far Cry 5 Arcade Mode. Exploiting our Bond Properties whether by you directly, or by a third party user, is unequivocally not admissible nor protected. Krollywood’s GoldenEye 007 remake makes unduly use of our trademarks, US TM No. 2957173 (GOLDENEYE) and EUTM No. 2045473 (GOLDENEYE Stylized and Design). Further, the cited remake inescapably benefits from our famous 1995 motion picture of the same name, protected under U.S. Copyright registration No. PA 1-397-651.

User Krollywood is not authorized to use any JAMES BOND/007 indicia, much less provide a video game to the public using your in-game map editor as the driver. In doing so, Krollywood develops an implied association to the Bond franchise. Kindly note that only the MGM Parties are authorized to grant licenses to third parties on the JAMES BOND properties thus, this misuse of our IP generates confusion among the public as it gives the impression that Krollywood’s remake is a licensed collaboration with Ubisoft and thus constitutes an act of free riding on the prestige of our franchise. I appeal to you to immediately remove this content from your servers and relinquish any and all public access via all pertaining gaming platforms (i.e. PC, XBOX ONE, PS4 and Amazon Luna).

In short, MGM has spoilt all the fun because they can’t be bothered to bring out an up to date version and so fans have to recreate (not as they say ‘remake’) the levels any way they can. It’s a bit shitty if you ask me

Thankfully Krollywood was able to back up the levels so they may return in some form or another.

Did you manage to play them? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!


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