During the last Nintendo Direct, Microsoft announced the release of a re-release of Goldeneye 007 on Switch and Xbox One/Series. Released 25 years ago on the Nintendo 64, this Rare classic initiated the arrival of first-person shooters on game consoles. Until then, the genre was mainly on the PC, with classics like Doom, Duke Nukem or Quake. Goldeneye 007 opened new doors, as it was the first FPS – or first-person shooter – designed specifically for a game console – and therefore playable on the pad instead of the inevitable keyboard / mouse combo.
Developed at the time by Rare, a British studio which was owned by Nintendo at the time, the title had so far never been entitled to a reissue. For several reasons. First of all, because it was a licensed game, not easy to resuscitate since the operation involves several actors, including the owners of the license. Then, because two publishers were concerned: Microsoft, new owner of Rare, and Nintendo, which had published the title at the time. Finally, because until very recently, the license was “rented” for periods defined by publishers, who refused to share the rights. For a very long time, EA and Activision were the main license holders.
To celebrate the title’s 25th anniversary, Microsoft therefore had to make some concessions, and most likely agree to develop a Switch version of the game, to get the green light from Nintendo. Another concession: there is no question of a remake or even a remaster but of a port. As we know, Microsoft had nevertheless developed a complete remaster of the game internally, with a complete overhaul of the graphics… The publisher would have finally backtracked and will only offer a simple reissue of the game, identical in all respects to the original. , except for a few pad controls.
On Switch, it will be possible to play it on Switch thanks to the console’s emulation features. On Xbox, the game will be integrated into Gamepass and offered to owners of the Rare Replay compilation. However, it will not include a native multiplayer mode.
GoldenEye 007’s online mode is exclusive to Nintendo Switch and will not be released on Xbox
These were more than rumors. GoldenEye 007 is back on modern systems, but with two slightly different versions. During the Nintendo Direct, Kyoto announced the return of the James Bond classic as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack service. In parallel, Microsoft did the same with another version for Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series X and Xbox Game Pass.
“While there are no plans to introduce online multiplayer in GoldenEye 007 for Xbox Game Pass, Xbox is focused on delivering GoldenEye 007 to players the way they remember it, including the local multiplayer mode that allows players to engage in a battle of ingenuity and skill. »
Free with Rare Replay
GoldenEye 007 has been remastered on Xbox with more control options, such as the ability to use dual analog sticks. Moreover, the native resolution is up to 4K Ultra HD at 16:9, better framerate and achievements. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to access it from launch day, which will be “soon”, although they didn’t provide a more specific date. On the other hand, those who own a digital or physical copy of Rare Replay will be able to download it for free when it is released, at no additional cost.
In this video game based on the film of the same name, James Bond goes undercover to destroy a satellite that endangers the future of the world. To the campaign that is remembered, it is necessary to add a multiplayer mode, which at that time was distinguished by the possibility of using traps and tricks to defeat opponents.
TUNIC GETS A PORTAGE ON NINTENDO SWITCH
Available since the beginning of 2022 on Xbox One, Xbox Series and PC, the title of Andrew Shouldice and FINJI, Tunic, is about to land on other game platforms. Indeed, during the June State of Play, we learned that Tunic is coming on September 27 on PlayStation consoles (PS4 and PS5). But that’s not all.
During the Nintendo Direct on September 13, the publisher in charge of the software announced that Tunic will be available on Nintendo Switch, also on September 27. It is, moreover, already possible to pre-order the title, on the Nintendo eShop. Therefore, at the end of this month of September, the majority of players will be able to discover this Zelda-like, featuring a young fox having to explore a foreign land, face many enemies and solve various puzzles.
It’s often hailed as one of the best Nintendo 64 titles of all time, one of the best first-person shooters of all time – and also one of the best games of all time. We’re talking about the Rare classic GoldenEye 007, which was confirmed during today’s Nintendo Direct to come to the Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription.
But that wasn’t all the GoldenEye 007 love awaiting us today, as Rare confirmed on Twitter that Xbox is also getting a 4K version of this classic, including achievements, smoother framerates, and a local split-screen multiplayer. Something to look forward to indeed. Rare says it’s “Coming Soon” Game Pass, and hopefully we’ll have the first screenshots and a proper trailer soon enough.