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Quake II Gets NVIDIA RTX Support, Time to Kick it Old School

Quake II

The classic 1997 first-person shooter, Quake II is getting the RTX treatment. Nvidia and id Software have teamed up to release Quake 2 RTX – a free enhanced download for Linux and Windows PC.

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The new enhanced Quake II will be available for free on 06 June 2019 for anyone who has a GeForce RTX graphics card, or other capable hardware.

Players will be able to experience the first 3 levels of the game for free, fully remastered with path-traced graphics and a variety of other enhancements. Those players who own a copy of Quake II will be able to play the campaign in its entirety and play against others in online multiplayer.

The enhancements added to Quake II include:

  • 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 and 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

Nvidia explains that the company was very eager to remaster the classic game, as many of its employees and executives are Quake II fans.

The minimum system requirements for this remastered version of the classic game are:

  • OS: Windows 7 64-bit or Ubuntu 16.04 LTS 64-bit
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-3220, or AMD equivalent
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or higher
  • Storage: 2GB available space

Will you be playing the remastered version of Quake II when it releases in June 2019?

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