Quake II is set to get the remaster treatment according to reports. The classic 1997 first-person shooter has just been updated for modern consoles and it is also available today for just $9.99 on PC, Nintendo, the PlayStation, and lastly, Xbox hardware.
Quake II Remaster Treatment
Two years after the surprise announcement as well as the release of a remastered version of the original Quake, Quake II is now getting a very similar glow-up in a bid to coincide with the start of QuakeCon. Its remaster in question, which is simply titled Quake II, is now available today for just $9.99 for PC, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, and PlayStation. And just so you know, it is available as part of a Game Pass subscription if it is you have one, and if however you already owned Quake II via the Microsoft Store, Steam, or on Good Old Games (GOG), then the new version should be available as a free update.
From the screenshots and trailer that was just released, developer id Software looks very much like it’s stuck pretty close to the 1997 original for its remaster. But the remaster in question is packed with modern conveniences, and this is including cloud saves, 4K Ultra HD resolution, and split-screen local as well as online co-op / multiplayer. There is also an FAQ as well as suite of accessibility options, which is inclusive of a handy guide to help players and gamers get the most out of the game.
Bethesda’s Press Release Announcing Quake II
“Enjoy Quake II’s legendary gameplay, preserved and complete with the original soundtrack by Sonic Mayhem, now enhanced with widescreen support, restored content previously left on the cutting room floor, visual and performance upgrades to make every muzzle flash and gib-plosion pop on-screen and even new levels,” Bethesda in the press release announcing Quake II wrote.
This release of Quake II is beefy, as it is inclusive of both original mission packs, “The Reckoning” and “Ground Zero,” which gets to add a combined total of 33 campaign levels as well as 21 deathmatch maps. And as if that wasn’t enough, you will also get a free copy of Quake 64 as well as a brand-new Quake II expansion that is reportedly developed by MachineGames, “Call of the Machine,” which gets to add another 28 campaign levels, a deathmatch level, and then a new story that pits players against a machine that threatens the very fabric of reality.
Nvidia’s Ray-Traced Version of the Game
This multiplatform Quake II remaster comes just a couple of short years after Nvidia released a ray-traced version of the game back in 2019 to showcase its then-fancy new RTX technology. But although Quake II RTX still looks very stunning by any measure, it is just playable on a comparatively limited amount of PC hardware. The new remaster, meanwhile, is available across basically every current as well as last-gen system.
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