GoldenEye Remake Hit By War in Ukraine?

GoldenEye on Windows

If you’ve been patiently awaiting the release of the long awaited GoldenEye remake for Windows and Xbox Live, there is more bad news.

So bad, that it might even impact the N64 version expected to land on the Nintendo Switch.

Games journalist Darren Unger (backed up by Eurogamer) has reported that delays to the game(s) are due to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

To be fair, it is a game littered with potential landmines, figuratively speaking – and that’s just getting it passed and approved by everyone concerned. That there is an issue linked to Ukraine is puzzling at this stage, and does perhaps indicate that there is more to the release than previously expected.

Which GoldenEye remake is this?

Currently, two versions of GoldenEye 007 are expected for release.

The first is the GoldenEye remake for Xbox. This was developed prior to 2010 and then shelved, but leaked online in early 2021. Our guide to installing GoldenEye on your PC shows you how to run the game in an Xbox emulator. This version of the game has original and updated graphics. Could the delay be for a completely modern graphical overhaul, making it a genuine GoldenEye remake?

We don’t know. But we do know that over the past few months, Xbox achievements for GoldenEye have been found online.

The other version of GoldenEye 007 that is expected is for the Nintendo Switch. Rumours that the original Nintendo 64 GoldenEye 007 would hit the Switch as part of the Nintendo Switch Online + Expansion Pack membership have swirled for months. However, this is also yet to appear.

Casualty of war?

The character of James Bond was borne out of war. Creator Ian Fleming based Bond on people he knew and some of his own exploits working in military intelligence during World War Two. It would be ironic if any GoldenEye remake or re-release were to be scuppered due to military action in eastern Europe, a region that formed the basis for many of Bond’s literary and movie adventures over the years.

Over the months there have been countless declarations that “GoldenEye is coming.” All of them have fallen flat.

Ultimately, the situation is simple: any GoldenEye remake or reissue will appear when it appears.