01 Nov 2021 10:22 AM +00:00 UTC

Goldeneye 007 Gets Unbanned in Germany, Raising Speculation About Switch Online Release

Goldeneye 007 remains an iconic multiplayer game to this day, and it looks like a release could be incoming. Following Nintendo's recent release of N64 games on Switch Online, we've now learned that Goldeneye 007's been unbanned in Germany after 24 years.

Previously been banned in Germany upon release back in 1997, Schnittberichte.com reports that this was recently lifted. As such, it can legally be advertised and sold in stores across Germany. Normally banned media is reviewed automatically after 25 years in Germany, but as its been 24 years, many speculate a company has lobbied for this.

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Goldeneye 007 Gets Unbanned in Germany, Raising Speculation About Switch Online Release

However, to get officially re-release, a much bigger rights issue now needs resolving, one that's previously held it back. Originally published by Nintendo, Goldeneye 007 was developed by Rare (now Microsoft owned), image rights for the actor's faces would need renegotiating, and the James Bond licence currently rests with IO Interactive on Project 007.

Of course, there's no guarantee a re-release will happen, though it's worth noting that the Nintendo eShop is based in Germany. Accordingly, it'd need to be available here to be sold digitally across Europe, a situation we recently saw with Dying Light's Switch port. Should anything happen, we'll keep you informed.