Quake came out the same year I started 10th grade, way back in 1996.
It was a big step forward to the first-person shooter genre, a genre I’d cut my teeth on with Wolfenstein 3D and DOOM. Fast, exciting gunplay. A dark fantastical world. Demons galore—and a bombastic arsenal that was to die for.
Now the game is back in Enhanced form, released yesterday on PC, Xbox One, Xbox Game Pass for console and PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and backward compatible on Xbox Series X|S and PlayStation 5.
Here’s what’s new in the Enhanced Edition from idSoftware:
- Resolutions up to 4K and widescreen support.
- Enhanced models, dynamic and color lighting.
- Anti-aliasing, depth of field.
- The original soundtrack and theme song by Trent Reznor.
Online, Cross-Play & Local MP and Co-OP
- 4-player online or local split-screen co-op
- 8 player online PvP multiplayer
- 4 player split-screen PvP multiplayer
- Cross-play between all platforms.
- Dedicated server support for online matchmaking and peer-to-peer support for custom matches
Original and New Expansions Included
- The Scourge of Armagon expansion pack (original)
- The Dissolution of Eternity expansion pack (original)
- The Dimensions of the Past expansion from MachineGames
- The brand new Dimensions of the Machine from MachineGames
If you have Xbox Game Pass, this is all free. If you own Quake on Steam, you can upgrade to the Enhanced version for free as well.
I know people complain about reboots and remakes, but I’d really love to see Quake given the TLC that the DOOM franchise has been given. DOOM and DOOM Eternal are both fantastic games. The new Wolfenstein games are more hit-and-miss but still pretty great. No reason why Quake can’t make a comeback—but I’ll have fun taking this old classic for a spin after so many years.
Here’s the trailer: