Quake 2 Gets A Demo Re-Release For Modern Graphics Hardware

Quake 2 is a dark, flat game, and not the most obvious choice for a company wanting to showcase new graphics tech. But then, maybe that’s the whole point behind Quake 2 RTX, an updated demo version that’s got a lot of ray-tracing.

It’s out on June 6, covers the first three levels of the original, and exists mostly as a marketing tool for Nvidia to sell graphics cards with RTX tech. Here’s a trailer:

Those are some big changes, but they’re not all down to RTX; indeed a lot of the heavy visual lifting is being done by new textures and effects, all of which have been completely redone, and which aren’t getting mentioned in the trailer.

And while the new lighting effects are impressive—Quake 2’s spartan environments and clean lines really help show that off—I don’t think I like them more than the originals, which were moodier and more in keeping with the design and tone of the game.

But whatever! This is a glorified tech demo, not a heartfelt remaster, and the fact it’s free should make it at least worth checking out. It’ll be available here.


    it's like someone turned on the lights at the end of a concert and it's time to leave!

    Arguably most of it looks terrible. lol.

      They were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn't stop to think if they should.

    I don't remember the original game being anywhere near as dark as those "RTX Off" shots in the video.


    There, fixed it.

    The new textures aren't even discrete

    Still long live Quake 2, you were the best of best

    Urggggh, this could to lead to soo many dam RTX remakes...

    Similar to how the movie industry is starting to churn out remakes.

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