It’s time to rocket jump in 2021, as the original Quake has been remastered for PC and consoles and is available today. DOOM and Wolfenstein 3D are credited with creating the first-person shooter genre, but Quake brought the genre into the realm of 3D visuals, as earlier games (including Duke Nukem 3D) used 2.5D visuals to give the false impression of a 3D environment.
Quake was set in a dark fantasy realm that was filled with demons and eldritch abominations, which made it stand out when compared to the brightly lit space stations and colonies of the Doom franchise. Quake was an important game outside of its technical achievements, as it directly inspired the creation of games like Half-Life, as its atmosphere and visuals allowed for new kinds of storytelling in video games.
A new remaster of Quake was announced during QuakeCon 2021 and it’s available today on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4/5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S for $10 (or free for existing owners). The remastered version of Quake features a graphical overhaul, with new models, dynamic shadows, and improved lighting. The visuals also have 4K resolution and widescreen resolution support. One thing it retains from the original game is the soundtrack composed by Trent Reznor from the band Nine Inch Nails, which some feared was the reason the game hadn’t been remastered before. Quake has cross-play support across for its online multiplayer, which has dedicated server support for Deathmatch and co-op. Xbox Game Pass subscribers will be able to play Quake at no extra cost when it goes live later today.
The Quake remaster also contains the retail and digital DLC expansions for the game: Scourge of Armagon, Dissolution of Eternity, and Dimension of the Past. There is also a brand new episode that was created for the 25th anniversary of the game, called Dimension of the Machine, which was created by Wolfenstein remake developer MachineGames. Quake will also be receiving free add-ons in the future, including Quake 64 and its alternate soundtrack. The PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions of the game are currently running through backward compatibility, but they’ll receive dedicated upgrades in the future.
The positive reception to the Doom remasters meant that one for Quake felt inevitable. Quake deserves just as much attention from the fans as the Doom games, and a modern remaster that irons out the edges is just the thing to introduce this classic to new fans around the world.
Quake is available now on Nintendo Switch, PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.
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