With the return of the in-person QuakeCon event scheduled for August 10th, id Software may celebrate the occasion with a surprise reveal. Rumor has it, according to credible leak source billbil-kun, that a revamped Quake II could be disclosed during the opening of QuakeCon next week. While specifics about the updated version remain under wraps, it is speculated that the classic sequel will be made available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch. The game would also be included with Microsoft’s Game Pass at launch.
As a potential preview of what’s to come, last year’s Quake remaster could offer some hints. This enhanced edition featured 4K resolution, redesigned character models, and updated visual effects like dynamic lighting, depth of field, and antialiasing. It also included every official extension and introduced a brand-new campaign designed by the creators of Wolfenstein: The New Order, MachineGames.
However, this won’t be a redux of Quake II RTX, assuming the speculation is correct. The 2019 upgrade was designed to highlight NVIDIA’s latest computer GPUs with ray-tracing lighting and improved textures, but didn’t provide new content or improvements that could be used across different hardware.
Quake II, originally launched in 1997, was a leap forward in technology and gameplay from its predecessor. The game featured a semi-open world, mission-driven gameplay, and advancements in visual effects like colored lighting. Initially, the game was heavily single-player-centric (even multiplayer matches were held on single-player maps), but soon became a preferred multiplayer choice due to updates and third-party enhancements like ThreeWave’s Capture the Flag.
The news about the Quake II Remaster won’t come as a shock as it was previously reviewed by South Korea’s game rating authority in June. Billbil-kun also noticed documents regarding North American (ESRB) and European (PEGI) ratings. Given the current scenario, id, Bethesda, and Microsoft would be motivated to continue producing Quake remasters as they help keep the first-person shooter genre relevant and compatible with contemporary platforms without the need for unauthorized modifications and ports.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Quake II Remaster
When and where might the ‘Quake II’ remaster be unveiled?
The ‘Quake II’ remaster is rumored to be unveiled at the in-person QuakeCon event, which is set to take place on August 10th.
Which platforms will the ‘Quake II’ remaster be available on?
The ‘Quake II’ remaster is expected to be available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch. It will also be accessible through Microsoft’s Game Pass upon launch.
What improvements can we expect in the ‘Quake II’ remaster?
While specific upgrades for the ‘Quake II’ remaster are yet to be revealed, it might include enhanced visuals like dynamic lighting, depth of field, and antialiasing, and possibly redesigned character models, similar to the improvements seen in the 2021 Quake remaster.
Is this ‘Quake II’ remaster the same as the ‘Quake II RTX’ from 2019?
No, the upcoming ‘Quake II’ remaster is not expected to be the same as the ‘Quake II RTX’. The 2019 version primarily focused on showcasing NVIDIA’s advanced GPUs, while the upcoming remaster may feature more comprehensive updates.
Has the ‘Quake II’ remaster been confirmed?
As of now, the ‘Quake II’ remaster has not been officially confirmed. However, it has reportedly been reviewed by South Korea’s game rating authority and documents related to North American (ESRB) and European (PEGI) ratings have also been noted.