Quake II Remaster will be unveiled at QuakeCon 2023

Recent online reports have revealed that the launch of “Quake II Remaster” is imminent. The game has already received ratings in South Korea, and based on documents from rating committees such as the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) and Pan European Game Information (PEGI), it is anticipated to make its debut at the QuakeCon 2023 event, scheduled for August 10th to 13th.

According to the relevant documentation, “Quake II Remaster” will be available on multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4/5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, Nintendo Switch, and PC platforms. Moreover, it will premiere as part of the Xbox Game Pass (XGP). The original remastered version of “Quake,” produced by Nightdive Studios, was released two years ago and featured additional content developed by MachineGames, the creators of “Wolfenstein: The New Order.” Several months later, new maps and tribal modes were added, and many players are hopeful that “Quake II Remaster” will receive similar enhancements.

“Quake II” is an epoch-making first-person shooter released by id Software in the winter of 1997. The game’s engine, completely rewritten by John Carmack, achieved effects unparalleled by its predecessor. Additionally, “Quake II” was the first to introduce colored lighting effects, allowing objects within the game to reflect varied color effects under different lighting. The level design, completed by Tim Willits, presented a style wholly distinct from the previous installment, with the single-player mode filled with traps and opportunities, offering players both dazzling visuals and thrilling carnage, along with the pleasure of solving puzzles.

“Quake II Remaster” can be seen as a way to breathe new life into the series. However, it’s worth noting that in terms of visual effects, this version is unlikely to surpass the previous “Quake II RTX,” a ray tracing version redeveloped by NVIDIA’s Lightspeed Studios.