Bethesda and NVIDIA have teamed up to turbocharge Quake II and Wolfenstein Youngblood
NVIDIA, Bethesda, id Software and Machine Games have announced that Wolfenstein Youngblood will support real-time ray-tracing on PC.
Additionally, Quake II RTX is a free-download of Quake II that has been remade and “fully path-traced, a ray-tracing technique that unifies all lighting effects such as shadows, reflections, refractions and more into a single raytracing algorithm.”
Wolfenstein Youngblood will also support, in addition to ray-tracing, NVIDIA Adaptive Shading. To celebrate Wolfenstein Youngblood and its adoption of NVIDIA’s tech, Bethesda and NVIDIA have teamed up to release the Born to Hunt bundle.
Players who purchase a GeForce RTX 20 Series graphics card, gaming desktop, or gaming laptop between May 28 and August 6, 2019, will get a free copy of Wolfenstein Youngblood.
According to NVIDIA’s spiel, “Ray tracing is the advanced graphics technique used to give movies their ultra-realistic visual effects.”
For Quake II RTX, Bethesda and NVIDIA will release the first three levels of the game free on June 6. Those who already own Quake II will find that their entire game, including multi-player, will be playable with path-tracing active.
Tim Willits, Studio Director of id Software said of Quake II RTX;
It’s rare that a PC game has the impact and longevity of Quake II, and seeing it reimagined with ray tracing 20 years later is something special for me.
Equally special is the relationship with NVIDIA, whom we have worked with since the early days of first-person shooters. Seeing how NVIDIA integrated modern features into this classic game is really exciting.
Quake II RTX is the first game ever to be fully path-traced and it breathes new life into the 22 year old game.
On the flip side, Jim Kjellin of Machine Games said of Wolfenstein Youngblood;
A whole new generation of gamers could be getting their first exposure to the Wolfenstein franchise, and we want to make sure it blows them away.
With NVIDIA’s GeForce RTX GPUs, we have access to technologies that deliver spectacular images and still maintain the performance necessary for flawless gameplay.
Wolfenstein Youngblood is the first modern co-op game in the series and stars BJ Blazkowicz’s twin daughters. Players will need to work together to save Paris from the Nazis in an alternate 1980s.
It will be released for PC, PS4 Switch and Xbox One on July 26, 2019.