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[PC] Free - Quake II RTX Upgrade (3 Levels Included, Quake II Full Game Required to Upgrade All Levels) @ GOG.com


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 requirements
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

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  • Thank-you. Added.

  • +8

    Always free. Releasing it on GoG is a bargain?

  • oh, thought this would be the full game. Disappointed.

    • +1

      It is the full game. If you own the full game, you can get the whole thing in RTX.

      • It’s not the full game. It’s more like a mod.

  • +6

    OP, could you add requires base game or something similar to the title?
    It sounds like the full game not just the RTX upgrade

    • +3

      I revised the post title to make it clearer that the Quake II RTX upgrade already includes 3 levels from Quake II, but one needs a copy of the full Quake II game to enjoy RTX upgrade on all levels of Quake II.

  • +4

    Anyone know if the multiplayer is still active?

    Quake 2 was the first FPS that left such an impression on me while growing up. Played this non-stop, including it's CTF, Rocket Arena 2, etc.. great memories.

    • Exactly, before I moved onto Q3A. :)

    • Mate. Friday after school, get home, get in front of the PC, jump on that server in Dunedin - evening sorted.

    • +1

      q2dm1 was my favourite map.

      Still remember you could play multiplayer on the demo version just fine. Never bought the full game.

  • I thought there was a free NVIDIA RTX card for a second.

    • +1

      I revised the post title to make it clearer that its the Quake II RTX software installer upgrade, which includes 3 levels - or if you have the full Quake II game, that upgrade can be applied to all of those levels.

  • Anyone have RTX working on a 10XX card?

    • +1

      Works on my 1080, but a massive hit to the FPS.

      • Even in Quake 2? Dang it

    • not working on 1060 3GB, getting "RTX GPU not found" error, seems that is working only on 1060 6GB and above.


  • +2

    Quake 1 is now updated/remastered, check your Steam copy is up to date. Its not RTX level but its also free update.

    /Just a on topic side note

  • Still the best Quake game IMO.

  • I will have to check this out.

    Does it have the secret super shotgun level?

  • So technically its 4.79$ if you dont have original quake 2?

  • Let me get this straight, I can install this by itself (without Quake 2) and play 3 levels (sort of like a demo) ?

    P.S: I'm not a gamer, and don’t have a “gaming PC” per se, just an HTPC with an RTX 2060, but if this is free, then may give it a try. Although not sure if an RTX2060 is going to cut it seeing it is the minimum spec.

    • +3

      Yes that's correct, GOG has just recently listed the Quake II RTX game installer, similar to Nvidia's and Steam's Quake II RTX game installers.

      Installing this effectively allows you to play 3 levels from the Quake II game (shareware version), without actually having to purchase/install Quake II (full retail / digital storefront versions).

      However, if you do wish to install and apply the RTX upgrade to ALL levels of the Quake II game - then that is where you will need to already possess a copy - or purchase a new copy - of the full Quake II game (e.g. from Steam, Bethesda.net Store, Microsoft Store etc.)

      • Thanks, will give it a go.

      • +2

        I still have my original Quake 2 CD from 1997, will that work? ;)

    • +1

      It will cut it, but you'll get "original release performance".
      RTX is brutal. It is such insane requirements. On your pc you'll see 15-40fps or so depending on how busy the room is.

  • +1

    the work of Christoph Schied and the team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology

    Lol, a prestigious German university (the German equivalent of MIT) was commissioned to do a ray-tracing engine upgrade for a 24 year old FPS? Must have been a slow year for them.

  • +1

    If anyone has the quake 2.exe (legal or otherwise) you can pretty much activate the full game on steam by showing it the directory to it, not sure if it works that way on other platforms but i just pointed it to an old exe i had from a good 20 years ago and it gave me the full game completely fine!

  • -2

    InstaGIB! Those who gets it… gets it. 😂

  • This has full raytracing not that crappy reflections and shadows only stuff you get on current modern titles. I wish they gave a few more classic games the same treatment.

  • Bring back strafe jumping! Greatest mistake in coding ever. Got my Original CD somewhere I think.

    • you can still strafe jump in quake champions, its just that other titles didn't bother to adopt it

      its a very fun mechanic imo, particularly when speedrunners start breaking games with it

    • And rocket jumping. Very fun.

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