GoldenEye 007 is out on Friday for Xbox & Nintendo Switch!

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It’s happening! The GoldenEye 007 release date for Xbox and Nintendo Switch Online has been confirmed, and it’s Friday 27th January. That’s two days away!

Both Rare and Nintendo have released their individual trailers, so here’s Rare’s first:

And then Nintendo’s:

GoldenEye 007 will be available across Nintendo Switch, Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One. It will be a part of Xbox Game Pass and Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription service libraries, but owners of the Rare Replay collection digitally on Xbox will be able to download it for free regardless of whether they have an active subscription or not.

The Switch port was made in collaboration with Rare, with varying perks depending on the platform. On Xbox the game will have dual analogue stick support, native 16:9 up to 4K Ultra HD, and come with Xbox achievements to unlock. There will also be local four player split-screen multiplayer.

The Switch version will let you play in 4:3 or with widescreen, and has all of the local multiplayer options as well, but it gets a unique perk. Thanks to the way that Nintendo has been able to retrofit online multiplayer into their games on Nintendo Switch Online, the game will feature online play on Nintendo Switch.

There had been some very, very persistent rumours that Goldeneye would be revived for modern systems, but this is the first time that it’s been confirmed and publicly acknowledged. A playable version of an Xbox GoldenEye HD remaster actually leaked last year and was thrown up onto file sharing sites. Dating back to 2007/8, the remaster was intended for Xbox Live Arcade on the Xbox 360, but ended up being bogged down by licensing issues as Microsoft, Nintendo and the various screen rights holders couldn’t agree terms. In the end, it was Perfect Dark, Rare’s second N64 FPS, that was remastered and released to Xbox Live Arcade, before being included in the Rare Replay collection on Xbox One.

It took a long time, but finally those licensing issues were finally resolved last year, and now we have one of the all-time video game greats on modern consoles.

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