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Potential debut of ‘Quake II’ remaster expected at QuakeCon next week

What To Know

  • QuakeCon is preparing to grace us with an in-person extravaganza on the auspicious day of August 10th, and id Software may have a remarkable re-release in store to commemorate this momentous occasion.
  • According to the credible leaker, billable-kun, it is poised to unveil a masterfully remastered rendition of the beloved Quake II as the curtain rises on QuakeCon next week.
  • Embracing a semi-open world design, objective-based gameplay, and impressive visual effects, such as the addition of colored lighting, it left an indelible mark on gaming history.
  • The anticipation of an introduction is further fueled by the discovery of a Quake II Remastered game undergoing evaluation by South Korea’s game rating authority in June.

QuakeCon is preparing to grace us with an in-person extravaganza on the auspicious day of August 10th, and id Software may have a remarkable re-release in store to commemorate this momentous occasion.

According to the credible leaker, billable-kun, it is poised to unveil a masterfully remastered rendition of the beloved Quake II as the curtain rises on QuakeCon next week.

Though details of the upgrade remain shrouded in mystery, this classic sequel is expected to find its way to numerous platforms, including PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, and Switch. To add to the excitement, the title will also be available through Microsoft’s esteemed Game Pass upon its launch.

Perhaps hints of what’s to come can be gleaned from the enhanced version of QuakeCon released in 2021. The remaster featured support for breathtaking widescreen resolutions of up to 4K, alongside new character models and elevated visual effects such as dynamic lighting, depth of field, and antialiasing.

Furthermore, the update bundled every official expansion, and a captivating new campaign crafted by the esteemed developers of Wolfenstein: The New Order, MachineGames.

It should be noted that this endeavor is not to be confused with Quake II RTX, as suggested by the rumor. The 2019 tweak served to demonstrate the prowess of NVIDIA’s latest computer GPUs through its ray-traced lighting and improved textures but regrettably lacked truly novel content or hardware-agnostic visual enhancements.

Harkening back to its original release in 1997, QuakeCon II marked a momentous leap forward in technology and gameplay compared to its predecessor. Embracing a semi-open world design, objective-based gameplay, and impressive visual effects, such as the addition of colored lighting, it left an indelible mark on gaming history.

While its initial release heavily emphasized single-player mode (with competitive online play even occurring on single-player maps), it swiftly became a multiplayer favorite, thanks to periodic updates and third-party contributions like ThreeWave’s captivating Capture the Flag mode.

The anticipation of an introduction is further fueled by the discovery of a Quake II Remastered game undergoing evaluation by South Korea’s game rating authority in June. Supporting this, billbil-kun also came across documents about North American (ESRB) and European (PEGI) ratings.

Id, Bethesda and Microsoft find compelling incentives to continue producing QuakeCon remasters; as such endeavors not only bask the first-person shooter in the limelight but also ensure its playability on modern platforms, without having to resort to unofficial modifications and ports.

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