Publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer id Software have released a remastered version of Quake II for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series, Xbox One, Switch, and PC. The game is available on the respective platforms' digital stores at a price of $9.99.
Quake II, originally developed by id Software in 1997, is a highly acclaimed first-person shooter that features a science fiction narrative and setting. The remastered version offers an enhanced and complete experience of the original game.
The remastered version of Quake II includes the original mission packs, “The Reckoning” and “Ground Zero,” as well as a new expansion pack called “Call of the Machine.” Players can also enjoy online and local multiplayer cooperative play, with support for cross-play.
The game boasts enhanced visuals, with up to 4K resolution and widescreen support, improved models, enemy animations, and gore. AI behaviors have been enhanced and restored, and there are improved cinematics, dynamic and colored lighting, anti-aliasing, and depth of field. The original soundtrack by Sonic Mayhem is also included.
In the campaign, players take on the role of a survivor in a war against the Strogg, a hostile alien race. They must navigate fortified military installations and disable the enemy's war machine to determine the fate of humanity.
The remastered version of Quake II also introduces an all-new expansion pack, titled “Call of the Machine,” which includes 28 campaign levels and a multiplayer deathmatch map.
Players can enjoy online and local multiplayer and cooperative play, with support for up to 16 players online or four players in local split-screen mode. Motion aiming is available for PlayStation and Switch platforms, adding gyro control for improved gunplay.
For Xbox and Windows users, the game supports xCloud portability, allowing players to enjoy Quake II on the go through Xbox's xCloud service. Maximum display resolutions vary by platform, and local multiplayer support differs between consoles.
The launch trailer provides a glimpse of the remastered version's enhanced visuals and intense gameplay.