Quake II RTX Available Now: Download The Ray-Traced Remaster Of The Classic Quake II For Free

By Andrew Burnes on June 06, 2019 | Featured Stories GeForce RTX GPUs NVIDIA RTX Ray Tracing

Quake II RTX, our ray-traced remaster of Quake II is now available to download and play! Grab it from Steam, or directly from our website, for PC, Ubuntu, and SteamOS. And if you’re a developer, download the source from Github.


Everyone can sample the first three levels of the campaign, but if you own a copy of the original Quake II, point the Quake II RTX installer at the Quake II files, and we’ll automagically upgrade you. This will let you enjoy the complete campaign, play the campaign in online co-op, and compete online in PvP multiplayer. Need help installing? Head here.

Each single-player and multiplayer map has been enhanced with path-tracing, a super high-fidelity form of ray tracing. This enables lifelike lighting, reflections, shadows, and much much more, exemplifying the power of ray tracing, and demonstrating why AAA developers are working with us to enhance their blockbusters with the tech.

For an easy to digest explanation, check out our video:


In addition, we’ve introduced improved textures, implemented tons of other tech , and added time of day and environment options that let you play at night, at any time of day, or with the original dark and moody look. For full details, check out our recent article and our original Quake II RTX announcement.


If you need help, check out our User Guide and head to our forum. If you want to learn more about the tech and advanced features of Quake II RTX, read our Advanced Users Guide. And if you want to get a GeForce RTX GPU so you can experience Quake II RTX and upcoming ray-traced games at fast framerates, head here.

We hope you enjoy our first foray into remastering classic games with today’s cutting-edge visual effects. For news on more graphically-advanced, ray-traced games, demos and experiences, stay tuned to GeForce.com.

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Quake II: Copyright (C) 1997-2001 Id Software, Inc. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2.
: Copyright © 2018 Christoph Schied. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2.
Quake2MaX "A Modscape Production": Textures from Quake2Max used in Quake2XP. Copyright © 2019 D Scott Boyce @scobotech. All Rights Reserved. Subject to Creative Commons license version 1.0. Roughness and specular channels were adjusted in texture maps to work with the Quake II RTX engine.
Q2XP Mod Pack
: Used with permission from Arthur Galaktionov.
: Copyright © 2003-2011 Andrey Nazarov. Licensed under the terms of the GPLv2.