It's Finally Here
25th January 2023
The remastered edition of GoldenEye 007 is coming to Xbox and Switch this Friday
By MI6 Staff
The long-awaited remaster of the classic 1997 best-selling game 'GoldenEye 007' will be launched for Microsoft Xbox and Nintendo Switch on January 27th, 2023. Dubbed one of the best and most influential videogames ever made, the classic Nintendo 64 title sold over 8 million units and defined Bond gaming for a generation. MI6 learned early last year that the launch was originally planned for March 2022, but the Russian invasion of Ukraine delayed the release out of sensitivity for the situation.
Rare, the original developers of the game (and long since part of Microsoft), announced their trailer of the Xbox remake simultaneously with Nintendo's trailer for the Switch version.
The game is remastered in 4K for Xbox Game Pass customers and in HD for Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack members. The Switch will feature online mulitplayer, whereas the Xbox will have local split-screen. The Xbox version will also feature achievements, which is how the existence of the game was first confirmed.
It seems the original team behind the game was not invited to take part in the remake or launch. Game designer David Doak, who famously appears as Dr. Doak in the Facility level, took to Twitter: "Obviously marvelous to see GE007 re-released and I hope people have a lot of fun with it! But yeh, bit shabby all round that we weren't invited."
Microsoft previously worked on an ill-fated HD remake some years ago for Xbox Live Arcade, but this version was never officially released. Back in February 2021, it finally leaked and fans have been able to play the 99% completed remake on emulators or modded Xbox consoles.