Nintendo confirmed it GoldenEye 007 came to Switch during the September 2022 Direct, which was then followed by a message indicating that it was also on its way to Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S. And now, after a long wait, Xbox and Nintendo have finally announced its release date: January 27th.
Golden Eye is released as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack. This version will have online multiplayer in addition to widescreen support, as shown in the trailer Nintendo released.
And while they’re scheduled for the same day, the Xbox versions are a bit different. It only supports split-screen offline multiplayer, so those looking to play online are out of luck. However, it will come to Xbox Game Pass and will support alternative control options and achievements, and run in 4K at a native 16:9 resolution. Those who own a digital copy of the 2015s Rare recurrencea collection full of the team’s games will also get GoldenEye 007 free of charge.
Rare originally created GoldenEye 007 and released it in 1997, which was only five years before Microsoft bought the studio. Eurocom reimagined the shooter in 2010 for the Wii, then released an enhanced port for the PS3 and Xbox 360 a year later. A remaster of the N64 game was due for release in 2007 on Xbox Live Arcade, but was cancelled. Footage of the unreleased title was later leaked online in 2021, which was quite a bit earlier an achievement list hit the Xbox servers. This port has reportedly also been a long time in the making, as evidenced by Head of Xbox Phil Spencer’s latest tweet about this trailer.