After loads of rumours, the Quake II remaster has been introduced and launched throughout QuakeCon 2023, with a sweeping set of visible enhancements to the basic 90s FPS, and even a model new marketing campaign by Wolfenstein developer MachineGames.
Quake II is out now on PC, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Swap. PC and Xbox avid gamers can even seize it from Xbox Sport Move in the event that they’re subscribed, and anybody that owns the sport already through Steam, GOG and the Microsoft Retailer has a free improve to the improved version, and nonetheless play the unique model if they like.
Much like the Quake remaster from 2021, that is an all-encompassing launch that bundles the unique recreation with the 2 unique mission packs: ‘The Reckoning’ and ‘Ground Zero, as well as an all-new ‘Call of the Machine’ enlargement by Machine Video games. Between all of them there’s a pleasant spherical 100 marketing campaign ranges (not accounting for the way they’re typically grouped collectively in a non-linear style).
However wait, there’s extra! There’s additionally the marketing campaign from Quake II 64. This model of the sport for N64 had a brand new marketing campaign that blended new ranges and a few ranges taken from the PC mission packs.
All of this may be performed in each native and on-line co-op for as much as 4 gamers, with crossplay enabled by a room code system.
Unsurprisingly, the sport runs on the most decision of each platform it’s on, as much as 4K, and both 60fps on the final technology, or at 120fps on PS5 and Xbox Sequence X|S.
There’s been quite a lot of enhancements to the sport engine made in order that, whereas the visible fashion and core property are virtually the identical as the unique, the constancy is considerably improved. It stops wanting including in ray tracing, although, which was custom-built for Nvidia’s RTX GPUs.
You’ll be able to read all about it here, however the graphical enhancements embody:
- Improved Luxel Density
- Mild Grid Help
- Texture Impartial Lighting
- Baked Ambient Occlusion
- Phong Shading
- Translucent Supplies
- Lit Liquids
- New Skeletal Animation (from unique animation recordsdata)
- Top Fog
- Muzzle Flashes (alongside unique dynamic mild flashes)
- Improved Audio Code
- Per Materials Sounds
- Room Dimension reverb
- Improved AI Navigation
- Improved AI Resolution Making
- New Flying AI
- Restored Unused Animations for Berzerker, Parasite
- AI bots for Deathmatch and Crew Deathmatch
For modders, there’s additionally some new bot options, improved navigation and debugging instruments and debugging traces.
And there’s additionally a set of accessibility options that assist to make the sport a bit extra readable, can rebind and alter controls, change gameplay and multiplayer choices (like turning off cross-play), provides harm indicators and extra.