The Switch version of Goldeneye 007 will be the only platform with online multiplayer; Xbox will only have local multiplayer

When it comes to online multiplayer, only the Nintendo Switch version of Goldeneye 007 will be available on Xbox and Switch consoles.

The Switch version of Goldeneye 007 will be the only platform with online multiplayer; Xbox will only have local multiplayer

Despite the conflict in Ukraine, Goldeneye 007, a 1997 Rare game that revolutionized the first-person shooter genre and was the third most popular Nintendo 64 game, is now available for Xbox and Nintendo Switch. But in a peculiar way.


In their Nintendo Direct event, Nintendo revealed all. One of the games that will be added to the Nintendo 64 library for subscribers to the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack is Goldeneye 007.


Soon later, Microsoft announced that Goldeneye will also be available on Xbox Game Pass, which made sense given that Rare is now a Microsoft-owned studio. The Xbox version will, however, be missing one essential feature: online multiplayer.

The Switch version of Goldeneye 007 will be the only platform with online multiplayer; Xbox will only have local multiplayer

Goldeneye is not an Xbox Live remaster and will not include online functionality.

Online multiplayer for Goldeneye was already announced in the Nintendo Direct presentation (like all the games included in the catalog of NES, SNES or Nintendo 64 classics on Nintendo Switch Online).


The press statement from James Bond's official website says that "Online play, allowing 007 fans across the world to take part in the popular four person multiplayer mode together, will be exclusive to the new Switch version of the 1997 classic."


On the other hand, the Xbox Wire news release mentions "as will the classic split-screen local multiplayer option, allowing up to four players to take to the couch in a fight of wits and skill," but makes no mention of an online mode.


Certain features, like 4K Ultra HD quality (which is obviously not achievable on Switch), and achievements will only be available on the Xbox version (which were leaked in January of this year ).


Improved controls (with dual sticks) and native 16:9 resolution are mentioned in the Xbox press release, but these features have not been confirmed (or denied) in the Switch version, about which they provided no information.


It is also confirmed that it is a direct version of the Nintendo 64 game, not the Xbox Live remaster that several Rare staffers developed for that platform but was reportedly abandoned by Nintendo and never released, despite being completely leaked a year ago.

The Switch version of Goldeneye 007 will be the only platform with online multiplayer; Xbox will only have local multiplayer

In what ways will GoldenEye 007 be released? It appears that the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack subscription, which is part of the Nintendo 64 Games app, is the only method to obtain it on the Switch (ie, not a separate program).


For Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S, it will only be made available through Xbox Game Pass (no PC or Cloud). Of course, even if you don't have Game Pass, you can still download Rare Replay for free if you already own it in digital form.


The two versions of GoldenEye have not yet been given a release date, but given that the game has been put on hold indefinitely for months in order to avoid releasing it during the Ukraine War (the game's plot), it shouldn't be long until we see it.

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