Rare has said the chances of striking a GoldenEye revival deal with Nintendo are slim, and have been for quite some time.
"That was some time ago, my friend," the developer told an inquiring fan for a Q&A on its official website.
"Fate was against us that day. Destiny conspired to raise the hurdles even as we attempted to clear them, resulting in unpleasant groinal injury.
"I suspect we're long past the stage where an agreement was on the cards, but you never know. Stranger things have happened... somewhere... probably," added the developer.
Rumours of a GoldenEye revival for PSN, WiiWare and XBLA rose and sunk early last year, as talk of an agreement swirled around the internet, only to be crushed by a flattered Microsoft.
Exactly what Rare is up to at the moment is unclear. Banjo-Kazooie and Banjo-Tooie were regurgitated onto XBLA, as will be Perfect Dark later this year. Rare is also knee-deep in Xbox Avatars and presumably Project Natal for Microsoft, although on what specifically we do not know.