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Tears of the Kingdom, the most current installment, was undoubtedly one of the highlights of the most recent Nintendo Direct. Another highlight was the official reveal possibly one of gaming’s worst-kept secrets. Goldeneye coming back.  This was due to the developer’s unlocking achievements in a GoldenEye Xbox edition. However, during the direct, a Switch release was also made known and was also formally announced for Xbox with an announcement on Xbox Wire and the 007 websites.

Neither the GoldenEye Xbox edition nor the Switch edition has a release date as yet and the trailers below don’t give us much to go on.

We see the iconic James Bond intro with the theme and before we see the famous turn and shoot towards the camera it switches to a coming soon. One thing to note is what is said about the Switch edition by the official 007 websites.

Exclusive to the new Switch version of the 1997 title will be online play, allowing 007 fans across the world to take part in the popular four person multiplayer mode together.

GoldenEye Xbox Edition Vs Nintendo Switch Edition. The difference.

Online play was the first significant feature that was showcased at the Nintendo Direct. “The Nintendo 64 classic is coming shortly to the console’s Nintendo 64 – Nintendo Switch Online service,” the 007 websites also announced. Therefore, it appears to be an online-enabled emulation of the original 1997 game. The Xbox release, however, is unique. According to Xbox Wire’s statement

The original experience has been updated with improved control options (including dual analogue stick support), native 16:9 resolution up to 4K Ultra HD (where supported), a consistent refresh rate and a full complement of achievements to unlock.

It will also come to Xbox Game Pass and if you own Rare Replay digitally you get GoldenEye free

Online Play On Xbox

The natural assumption for everyone on this was yes, after all the Switch release will have it. However, the Xbox release does not feature online multiplayer. The statement on the Xbox Wire announcement mentioned nothing in regards to online play

The classic campaign mode, transformative difficulty levels and havoc-inducing cheats will all make their return – as will the iconic split-screen local multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players to take to the couch in a battle of wits and skill.

Xbox gamers who want to multiplayer can only play it the way it was played back in 1997. Local multiplayer. Personally when online gaming is more a thing, I find this a little disappointing. Microsoft has confirmed no online play for Xbox in a statement to VGC.

Xbox is excited to bring GoldenEye 007 to Xbox Game Pass for the very first time – a faithful recreation of a much-loved and iconic 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 players in the way they fondly remember, including local multiplayer mode, allowing up to four players to take to the couch in a battle of wits and skill.

However, what are your thoughts on this news? I’m excited to play this again for the first time in many years. That excitement was however dulled by the fact on Xbox we have no online PLAY. Maybe this can change and be added later on. Unfortunately, as it stands, it’s local online play only.

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