Quake II RTX (Upgrade) has been previously released for free on Nvidia and Steam, but today (August 20th 2021) it was also just released on GOG, which is a nice announcement for those folks who like getting their games / DLCs / add-ons / bonus materials etc. using GOG's offline installers or GOG Galaxy client.
- GOG has the Windows only version of Quake II RTX for the time being
- For Linux gamers, they can go to Nvidia's GitHub repository to find and download Linux version of Quake II RTX (requires Linux operating system distribution that is binary compatible with Ubuntu 16.04)
About Quake II RTX
Quake II RTX builds on the work of Christoph Schied and the team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, who added ray tracing to Quake II to create Q2VKPT (in turn building upon the Q2PRO code base). NVIDIA has introduced new path-traced visual effects, has improved texturing, and has made dozens of other changes and improvements, resulting in an experience that rivals games created today, and pushes your RTX hardware to the limit.
Quake II RTX is fully ray-traced and includes the 3 levels from the original shareware distribution.
System: Windows 7 64-bit
Processor: Intel i3-3220 or AMD Equivalent
Memory: 8 GB RAM
Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060, or higher
Storage: 2 GB available space
Other: Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system. Vulkan Support Required.
Here is a Quake II RTX Installation guide + Multiplayer + FAQ page hosted on Steam
For Quake II RTX to get access to the full Quake II game, files from the original Quake II need to be located during the initial installation process (see GOG Support Page and its sub-page article Quake II RTX - How to run the full game)
If you don't have a copy of the full game of Quake II - there is incidentally a 70% off sale ($4.79 was $15.99) on GOG.com for Quake II: Quad Damage - this sale ends August 24th 2021 03:00am AEST