The classic N64 first-person shooter is back at last as GoldenEye 007 is being re-released on modern platforms. Splitscreen multiplayer is back.


Better yet, the game is a remaster and will feature online multiplayer for the first time. On Nintendo Switch, anyway. This major addition should help ensure this is the GoldenEye comeback fans have been longing for.

What's more, GoldenEye 007 Remastered is on the way to Xbox consoles via Xbox Game Pass and as part of Rare Replay. In a shaking, not stirring twist, both versions of the game look to feature different additions and changes based on the original.

Read on to discover everything there is to know about the GoldenEye 007 port to modern platforms including its release date, gameplay changes, and more.

When is the GoldenEye 007 Remastered release date?

GoldenEye 007 is releasing on Nintendo Switch on Friday, 27th January 2023, it has been confirmed by Nintendo.

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This is the version of the game that features online multiplayer. It's worth noting that it is launching as part of the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscription and features online multiplayer in the same way other N64 games on the service do.

The GoldenEye 007 Remastered release date on Xbox is also Friday, 27th January 2023, it has been confirmed by the developer. This version includes upgraded visuals, framerate, and achievements but doesn't seem to have online multiplayer.

Can I pre-order GoldenEye 007 Remastered?

There's no need to pre-order GoldenEye 007 Remastered because this new version of GoldenEye will come included with two key subscription services.

On Xbox consoles, you'll be able to access GoldenEye 007 Remastered with an Xbox Game Pass subscription. You can subscribe using the offers below. You can also play it as part of a free update to Rare Replay.

What's more, the game is being added to Rare Replay for free. Anyone who owns that compilation game will be given a copy of GoldenEye 007 Remastered for free, regardless of having a Game Pass subscription or not.

If you're planning to play GoldenEye 007 Remastered on Nintendo Switch, the game will be available through the Nintendo Switch Online Expansion Pack subscription. Click that link to sign up if you haven't already!

Pierce Brosnan's likeness in the GoldenEye game.
The uncanny likeness of Pierce Brosnan in GoldenEye. Rare

What's new with GoldenEye 007 Remastered gameplay?

Way back in 1997, the game GoldenEye 007 was released on the Nintendo 64. It had been developed by Rare and published by Nintendo, and its multiplayer mode went on to achieve cult-classic status. The game is still widely adored by many.

Numerous attempts have been made over the years to recapture the magic of the original GoldenEye game, including the Activision-published version of GoldenEye 007 that launched on Wii, Nintendo DS, Xbox 360 and PS3 in 2010. That particular game made the surprising choice of swapping Pierce Brosnan out for Daniel Craig, though, and did not receive quite as much love as the original.

For years now, rumours have suggested that the developers from Rare (now owned by Xbox) have recreated the game for modern systems, but it seemed to be taking a while for anything to be announced through official channels. But now it has been!

Interestingly, two different announcements have been made here, and they don't match up: Nintendo has been touting the online play element, while all of the Xbox communications have been mentioning achievements, 4K resolution and a smoother frame rate (while not mentioning online play at all).

The Switch version of the game is a straight up port to the N64 games section of the Switch Online Expansion Pack service. As with most other multiplayer games in the subscription service, you will be able to play online splitscreen multiplayer with people on your friends' list. Interestingly, widescreen support has been added to the game as well. You can see it in action in the release date trailer below:

The Xbox version is the remastered game. This features upgraded 4K visuals, a smoother framerate, and achievements. Time will tell if this version of the game features online multiplayer or not. We'll be sure to update this page if/when clarity becomes available on that.

Which platforms can play GoldenEye 007 Remastered?

GoldenEye 007 Remastered will be available on Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and Xbox Series S. Those are the platforms that have been confirmed thus far, so maybe you shouldn't expect to see the game on PS4, PS5 or PC. We'll let you know if we hear anything, though.

GoldenEye 007 Remastered trailer

The GoldenEye 007 remaster was revealed with a short but sweet trailer, which you can watch below! While you wait for the GoldenEye 007 Remastered release date to be confirmed, take a look here and feel your hype levels grow.

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