On the scale of 1-to-awesome, one of the finest first-person shooters of all time being given the real-time ray-tracing treatment some 22 years later has to be knocking around the top spot. Nvidia’s gone all-in with Quake II RTX having picked up development duties from the fan (and former Nvidia intern) created mod.
Team Green is collaborating with Bethesda for this one and they’ll be releasing Quake II RTX as a free download for all Quake 2 owners. For everyone else, the first three levels of the game will be available as a free demo, complete with the fully remastered ray-traced graphics among a host of other improvements.
Ray-tracing will be possible in Quake 2 RTX on RTX graphics cards, as well as any graphics card from the GeForce GTX 1060 6GB upwards following last month’s driver update. There’ll be various levels of quality for those who want to finetune performance, although it remains to be seen just how well the non-RTX graphics cards can handle themselves.
Quake II RTX Improvements
- Improved Global Illumination rendering, with three selectable quality presets, including two-bounce GI
- Multiplayer support
- Time of day options that radically change the appearance of some levels
- New weapon models & textures
- New dynamic environments (Stroggos surface, and space)
- Better physically based atmospheric scattering, including settings for Stroggos sky
- Real-time reflectivity of the player and weapon model on water and glass surfaces, and player model shadows, for owners of the complete game (the original Shareware release does not include player models)
- Improved ray tracing denoising technology
- All 3,000+ original game textures have been updated with a mix of Q2XP mod-pack textures and our own enhancements
- Updated effects with new sprites and particle animations
- Dynamic lighting for items such as blinking lights, signs, switches, elevators and moving objects
- Caustics approximation to improve water lighting effects
- High-quality screenshot mode that makes your screenshots look even better
- Support for the old OpenGL renderer, enabling you to switch between RTX ON and RTX OFF
- Cylindrical projection mode for wide-angle field of view on widescreen displays
“It’s rare that a PC game has the impact and longevity of Quake II, and seeing it reimagined with ray tracing 20 years later is something special for me," said Tim Willits, studio director at id Software. "Equally special is the relationship with NVIDIA, whom we have worked with since the early days of 1st-person shooters. Seeing how NVIDIA integrated modern features into this classic game is really exciting.”
Quake II RTX will be released as a direct download on Nvidia’s site on June 6th, at 6am PT. If you want the full package then Quake 2 is available to download right now on Steam for a very reasonable five bucks.