Quake II Returns with New Expansion, Online Multiplayer, Visual Upgrades, Quake 64 Port, and More

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Bethesda has announced that an enhanced version of Quake II is now available for Game Pass, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 5, and PlayStation 4. Developed by Nightdive Studios, this updated version of id Software’s 1997 FPS aims to improve upon the original with a number of new features, including an all-new expansion from MachineGames, online multiplayer, visual upgrades, and more. Players will even find a copy of Quake 64, a port of Quake that Midway Games released for Nintendo 64 back in 1998. QuakeCon 2023 is live until Sunday, August 13.

Enjoy Quake II’s legendary gameplay, preserved and complete with the original soundtrack by Sonic Mayhem, now enhanced with widescreen support, restored content previously left on the cutting room floor, visual and performance upgrades to make every muzzle flash and gib-plosion pop on-screen and even new levels.


The enhanced release of Quake II comes with both expansions for the original game, Mission Pack: The Reckoning and Mission Pack: Ground Zero, adding over 30 additional single player levels and over 20 Deathmatch maps.

But wait! Quake II now includes Call of the Machine, an all-new expansion created by Wolfenstein: The New Colossus developer, MachineGames. Consisting of 28 campaign levels plus a brand-new Deathmatch map, fight across time and space to find the Strogg-Maker, destroy it and change fate itself.


Retro fans and FPS newcomers are in for a treat: Quake II also includes its Nintendo 64 port! Originally published by Midway exclusively for Nintendo 64, this fan-favorite release is now available for all Quake II owners, complete with modern enhancements.


It’s not Quake without multiplayer. Challenge the world online, with friends via split-screen or even across devices with crossplay in Quake II’s enhanced release! Team up and take on the Strogg in online and local four-player cooperative modes or battle it out in Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch and even Capture the Flag locally or with up 16 players online (with bot support!)


Enjoy additional benefits playing on the platform of your choice while never letting up on the Strogg! PC owners of Quake II, including existing owners on GOG or Steam, gain access to both Quake II (Original) – the untouched and still-moddable version of the game previously released – and Quake II (Enhanced), the new release with improved visuals, new campaign content, enhanced multiplayer, crossplay, controller support and more.

Additionally, Game Pass Ultimate players can play Quake II anywhere with Xbox’s xCloud (active membership required). Nintendo Switch owners can enable gryo controls to use in conjunction with the control stick for enhanced aiming. PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners may enable SixAxis support to augment control stick aiming. Players on compatible PCs and consoles running on supported monitors can also experience Quake II performing at new visual heights, including 120Hz frame rates and 4K resolution.

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