QuakeCon got off to a fantastic start today with the release of a remastered Quake, available on digital storefronts for just £7.99 – and free too those who already own it. Long-rumoured and much anticipated, this remaster comes courtesy of Machine Games Nightdive Studios, and id Software.
Machine Games had already proven their Quake bona fides with the 2016 release of Dimension of the Past, a third expansion pack to the original game that was released on Quake’s twentieth anniversary. That expansion pack is now available in the remaster package, along with plenty more to be excited about.
The game features enhanced graphics (dynamic lighting, anti-aliasing, and 4k support are just a few of the visual updates), both of the original expansion packs (Scourge of Armagon and Dissolution of Eternity, respectively), the original soundtrack by Trent Reznor, a host of new multiplayer options (including cross-play support), and a brand-new expansion pack called Dimension of the Machine:
In the deepest depths of the labyrinth lies the core of lava and steel known only as The Machine. Crusade across time and space against the forces of evil to bring together the lost runes, power the dormant machine, and open the portal hiding the greatest threat to all known worlds—destroy it…before it destroys us all.
Yeah, that sounds absolutely great – I can’t wait to check it out.
Quake is arguably one of the most important shooters of all time, and, aside from a creative modding community that remains active to this day, has lain dormant since 1997 (I’m not counting Quake II, which was a very different beast). It’s time it made its return.
Machine Games understand the language and nature of Quake to a tee; I can’t think of a developer more qualified to define what that return looks like.
The remastered Quake is now available on PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch. What’re you waiting for?