Anyone Up For Some Slappers Only?
After announcing that Goldeneye, the 1997 N64 shooter which redefined console first person shooters, was coming to modern platforms last year, news about the rerelease went awfully quiet for awhile. Thankfully, that ended this morning. Both Nintendo and Microsoft separately confirmed that the game will be releasing on their platforms January 27th.
It’s worth keeping in mind though some of the strangeness over these releases. A full remake of the game that was seemingly all but done and would have featured online play was once made for the Xbox 360 and while it was never actually announced, it leaked out in early 2021. When Microsoft and Nintendo finally came to an agreement to put the game back out, fans hoped that version is what we’d get. That’s not the case though. Instead we’re getting a slightly prettied up version, featuring modern control schemes, and achievements, but still fundamentally built on the original game. That means no online play, though it will have co-op. Those who own Rare Replay will be able to download it for free and it will release on Game Pass as well, but the excitement for that definitely takes a hit without online play.
Nintendo will strangely enough have the only version of the game which can be played online. It will release as part of their N64 collection on Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pass. Keep in mind though that this isn’t a newly built online mode, we’re still going to be playing the original game. All Nintendo Switch Online classic games feature the option to play online simply by fooling the game into thinking you’re on one system and while this is going to be available and will allow online play, it will mean you’ll need to find friends to play with and there won’t be lobbies or any sort of modern online system built around it. Better than nothing if you and the friends you used to play Goldeneye with are now spread apart, but not quite what one might expect from a modern release where Nintendo seems keen to emphasize the online option.
It seems this is the compromise these massive publishers came to in order to allow both versions of the game to release and while neither is perfect, they’re better than the game continuing to not be available on modern hardware. Still, its a shame that there still won’t be a true modern update for such a classic title.