Sat. Oct 1st, 2022

While earthquake IIThe fast-paced first-person shooter gameplay may be timeless, but the 22 years since the game’s release haven’t been kind to the muddy textures, jagged polygons, and extremely simple light modeling. Nvidia wants to fix that with an updated, real-time ray-traced version of the game called Quake II RTX

Windows and Linux users can download the first three levels of the graphically updated game as shareware starting June 6, Pacific Time. You can play the remaining levels and multiplayer if you point the installer to a legitimate copy of the full game on your hard drive. However, the source code for the Vulkan-based update will also be posted on Github earthquake II expansion packs are not supported without additional community effort.

“It’s rare for a PC game to have the impact and longevity of earthquake IIand to see it again 20 years later with ray tracing is something special for me,” id Software Studio director Tim Willits wrote in an announcement post.

While lone modders have worked to add raytracing to earthquake II in the recent past, Nvidia has put considerably more effort into this professional effort, which was previously shown as a demo at this year’s Game Developers Conference. The company touts features such as “two-bounce” global lighting, player reflections on water and glass, variable “time of day” lighting options, and over 3,000 enhanced textures (built on top of the existing Q2XP mod pack).

Nvidia’s development efforts are all geared toward promoting its RTX line of graphics cards, which the company has been pushing for months as the consumer-level entry point for real-time ray tracing. Unlike the pre-baked lighting systems used in the past, ray tracing simulates the actual path of multiple light rays from different surfaces to create more accurate color and brightness data for each object. You can tell the difference in the trailers embedded in this post or by using this Nvidia-provided comparison tool.

However, such lighting details are not cheap at the moment. The cheapest RTX cards Nvidia recommends for real-time ray tracing power start at a suggested retail price of $339.

Nvidia recommends the following minimum system specs to run: Quake II RTX

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

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