Quake II RTX, the remastered version of the original 1997 classic Quake II game will be released on June 6, 2019. Nvidia via its official blog post announced that Quake II RTX will be released on June 6 and it will come with enhanced graphics with Nvidia Ray-Tracing support. It will also come with improved Global Illumination rendering, with three selectable quality, presets. The game will also include two-bounce GI, multiplayer support, time of day options as well as new weapon models & textures and new dynamic environments (Stroggos surface, and space).
- On June 6th, at 6am PT, we’ll release Quake II RTX as a direct download on our website. This will include the first 3 levels of the game, released freely in 1997 as shareware, plus all our new technological enhancements, updated textures, and enhanced models. Official Blog Reads.
As part of this, Nvidia has also released a brand new trailer for the new Quake II RTX remaster version that you can view below. Nvidia also said that anyone who has the GeForce RTX graphics card, or other capable hardware will be able to experience the first 3 levels of the game for free.
The following improvements have been done on the upcoming Quake II RTX remaster version.
- 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 a wide-angle field of view on widescreen displays
Quake II RTX will be available to download from Nvidia’s website on June 6th, at 6 am PT. Buyers will get the first 3 levels of the game, released freely in 1997.