Update (September 13, 2022): Microsoft confirms that GoldenEye 007 will not feature online gaming on Xbox.
what you need to know
- The rumored GoldenEye 007 remaster has been officially confirmed for release in today’s Nintendo Direct.
- Rare has made a statement on Twitter revealing that it will be coming to Xbox Game Pass as part of Rare Replay.
- The remaster will include improved graphics and split-screen local multiplayer, but no online multiplayer for the Xbox launch.
After months of speculationrumors and a leaked achievement listToday, Rare has finally confirmed the arrival of a GoldenEye 007 remaster. Today’s Nintendo Direct showed an official trailer for the long-awaited release, followed by a tweet from Xbox studio Rare confirming that the game is also coming to Xbox Game Pass. However, the tweet doesn’t mention that the Xbox edition will be No receiving online multiplayer, which has been confirmed for the Nintendo Switch.
25 years after its original release, experience GoldenEye 007 faithfully recreated for Xbox consoles. Includes achievements, 4K resolution, and a smoother frame rate, even in split-screen local multiplayer! Coming soon to @XboxGamePass. pic.twitter.com/kpBlJKqFR9September 13, 2022
The remaster will feature improved graphics, increased frame rates, and 16:9 native 4K resolution on Xbox. Local split-screen multiplayer will also be a feature for up to four players, but online multiplayer has so far only been announced for the Nintendo release. Online multiplayer on Nintendo Switch Online is a system-level feature that allows any classic game in the N64 library that had local multiplayer features to play online through virtualized emulation.
No release date has been confirmed as of yet, but this announcement comes 25 years after the original release, and fans will be excited to have all the speculation from the past few months confirmed by official sources. The announcement has been somewhat clouded by the fact that online multiplayer is a Nintendo Switch exclusive. Bringing virtualized online multiplayer features to classic games on Xbox would require additional investments in the Xbox backwards compatibility system, which has been paused for now.
Given the curious situation of the intellectual property rights of the video game GoldenEye 007 being divided between Microsoft and Nintendo, porting the game to modern systems was probably not an easy task. Phil Spencer has previously spoken of having a “ton of respect” for Nintendo even though they are competitors in the console market. with rare Banjo-Kazooie Having come to Nintendo Switch Online this year, this is one of several recent collaborative efforts between the two studios.
GoldenEye007 is coming to Xbox Game Pass as a day one release, and owners of the Rare Replay game compilation will receive a free copy of the game.
A Microsoft spokesperson reached out to confirm that the GoldenEye 007 remaster will not feature online play on Xbox.
“Xbox is excited to bring GoldenEye 007 to Xbox Game Pass for the first time – a faithful recreation of an iconic and much-loved title. While there are no plans to include online multiplayer as part of GoldenEye 007 on Xbox Game Pass, Xbox is focused on bringing this title to gamers the way they fondly remember it, including local multiplayer, which allows up to four players to sit on the couch in a battle of wits and skill,” said the spokesperson.