The classic Nintendo 64 sniper GoldenEye is coming to Xbox and Nintendo Switch, but it will be missing an important feature on Microsoft’s platform.
Coinciding with the game’s 25th anniversary, a remastered version of GoldenEye is scheduled to release on Xbox Game Pass and the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack tier soon. According to a post on the official website James Bond website (opens in new tab)its online multiplayer mode will only be available on Nintendo Switch.
Both versions of the game will include four-player local multiplayer as well as the original single-player campaign. The remaster will also support resolutions up to 4K, smoother frame rates, and improved control options that take advantage of dual analog sticks – after the original game used the Nintendo 64’s single thumbstick.
Some Xbox Series X Players | S and Xbox One will see the omission as a huge loss. After GoldenEye’s original release in 1997, it quickly gained praise for its competitive online deathmatch that included a variety of modes and maps. Each one can be customized and more levels and characters unlocked as you progress through the main campaign.
The game set a model that was followed and expanded upon by many multiplayer shooters in the following decades. Elements of GoldenEye’s frenetic gunplay, map variety, and barebones progression system can still be seen in the largest of them. It’s likely that today’s best FPS games would look very different if Rare hadn’t tried to compete in deathmatches.
Fans have been waiting to return to GoldenEye multiplayer on current-gen consoles for years. While an HD remaster was in development for the Xbox 360, it was never officially released, and a 2010 Nintendo Wii remaster made some significant changes to the original game. Up until this point, players have had to rely on fan-made remakes and legally troubling ports to catch a glimpse of Rare’s original.
You will not need to be a paid Game Pass or Nintendo Switch Online member to experience this new remaster. If you own a digital copy of Rare Replay – a compilation package that brings together 30 games created by the titular development studio – you will be able to download the new version of GoldenEye for free.
In addition to announcing the GoldenEye remaster, Nintendo also revealed that it is picking up a Foxy game from Xbox and has finally revealed a release date for Breath of the Wild 2.