Classic Nintendo 64 stealth shooter GoldenEye is coming to Xbox and Nintendo Switch, but will miss a major feature on Microsoft’s platform.
With the game’s 25th anniversary coming up, a remastered version of GoldenEye is set to launch soon on the Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack tiers. According to a post on the official James Bond website (opens in new tab)Its online multiplayer mode will only be available on the 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 4K resolution, smoother frame rates, and improved control options that take advantage of two analog sticks – the Nintendo 64 controller’s single thumbstick modeled after the original game.
Some Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One players will view the omission as a major loss. Following the original 1997 release of GoldenEye, it quickly gained praise for its competitive online deathmatch that included a wide variety of modes and maps. Each can be customized, and more levels and characters are unlocked as you progress through the main campaign.
The game has established a template that has been followed by many multiplayer shooters over the decades. Elements of GoldenEye’s frantic gunplay, map diversity, and barebones progression system can still be seen in the biggest of them all. It’s likely that today’s best FPS game would have looked very different if Rare hadn’t tried his hand at a competitive deathmatch.
Fans have been waiting for GoldenEye to dive back into multiplayer on current-generation consoles for years. Although an HD remaster was in development for the Xbox 360, it was never officially released, and the 2010 Nintendo Wii remaster made some significant changes to the original game. Up to this point, players have had to rely on worrying fan-made remakes and ports to legally watch Rare’s original.
You don’t need to be a paid member of Game Pass or Nintendo Switch Online to try out this new remaster. If you have a digital copy of Rare Replayy – a compilation pack of 30 games created by Titanic Dev Studios – you will be able to download the new version of GoldenEye for free.
As well as announcing the remaster of GoldenEye, Nintendo also revealed that it is holding a Fox Xbox game, and finally revealed the release date for Breath of the Wild 2.