Quake (2021)

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This page is for the 2021 remaster of Quake. For the original version, see Quake.

Quake cover
id Software
Scourge of Armagon Hipnotic Interactive
Dissolution of Eternity Rogue Entertainment
Dimension of the Past & Dimension of the Machine MachineGames
Remaster Nightdive Studios
Quake 64 Midway Games
Bethesda Softworks
Kex Engine 4.0
Release dates
Windows August 19, 2021[1]
Monetization One-time game purchase
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, Shooter
Themes Fantasy, Sci-fi, Lovecraftian
Series Quake
Quake (2021) on MobyGames
Quake (2021) on Wikipedia
Quake 1996
Quake II 1997
Quake III Arena 1999
Quake 4 2005
Enemy Territory: Quake Wars 2007
Quake Live 2010
Quake II RTX 2019
Quake (2021) 2021
Quake Champions EA

Quake (2021) is a first-person shooter game in the Quake series. It is an enhanced version of Quake ported to the Kex Engine by Nightdive Studios, featuring support for widescreen resolutions up to 4K, higher framerates, optional graphical updates, cross-platform online multiplayer, as well as a new expansion titled Dimension of the Machine.[2]

The enhanced version of Quake was released on August 19, 2021 and provided as a free update on Bethesda.net and Steam. It was also released on Microsoft Store and included with Xbox Game Pass.

Similarly to the 2020 Unity engine re-releases of Doom and Doom II, the enhanced version of Quake features free curated add-ons that can be downloaded through Bethesda.net with custom vanilla-capable mod support.[2] A PvE Horde mode was added in this remaster with Update 2 on December 2, 2021.[3]


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
DRM-free after installation through Epic Games Launcher (notes may include more details)
DRM-free when launching from the executable Quake_x64_egs.exe.[4]
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Xbox Play Anywhere. Included with Xbox Game Pass for PC.
DRM-free after installation through Steam client (notes may include more details)
Includes the original Quake.[2] DRM-free when Steam is not installed or by creating <path-to-game>\rerelease\steam_appid.txt containing its Steam App ID 2310.[5]
GOG.com (unavailable)
Bethesda.net (unavailable)
DRM-free after installation through Bethesda.net Launcher (notes may include more details)
Includes the original Quake.[2] DRM-free when launching from the executable Quake_x64.exe.[7]
A Bethesda.net account is required to download curated add-ons and play online multiplayer.[2]


Type Notes
DLC Officially curated mods.
Expansion pack Includes Quake Mission Pack No. 1: Scourge of Armagon, Quake Mission Pack No. 2: Dissolution of Eternity, Dimension of the Past, and Dimension of the Machine.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Quake 64 A recreation of the Nintendo 64 port with colored lighting, Aubrey Hodges' soundtrack, and a CRT filter which can be disabled from the Display settings.
Honey A medieval Victorian-themed expansion created by MachineGames' level designer Christian Grawer.
Underdark Overbright & Copper A medieval-themed expansion created by Lunaran and Scampie accompanied by the Copper mod to allow slightly raised limits and vanilla gameplay enhancements.
All add-ons are available for free.
As of Update 2, downloaded add-ons can be played offline, however, they must be activated online at least once to generate addons.json containing metadata in the add-ons folder.[8]

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the -skipmovies command line argument[9]
Use the +g_showintromovie 0 command line argument
Delete or rename every file in folder <path-to-game>\rerelease\movies\[10]

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\Quake\kexengine.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2310/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\Quake\*.sav
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2310/pfx/[Note 1]
12 save slots are available and shared between campaigns.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Might be incorrectly configured.[11]
Xbox Cloud


Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Monitor selection was added in Update 1.[12][dubious – discuss]
Hor+ scaling.[13]
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
16x enabled by default.[14]
Anti-aliasing (AA)
SMAA toggle.[15]
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Unlimited or 60, 120, 165, 240, 500 framerate cap. Player movement updates at 72 FPS without interpolation.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing


Input settings
Input settings
Keyboard and controller remapping
Keyboard and controller remapping

Keyboard and mouse State Notes
Weapon selection keys, quick saving, and quick loading keys can be remapped as of Update 1.[12] See Remapping to rebind weapon selection keys via a console command.
Mouse acceleration
Always off. Does includes an option for mouse smoothing up to 4x.
Mouse sensitivity
Increments of 0.5. See Console commands for more precision.
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Controller sensitivity
Analog deadzone percentage, controller aiming acceleration, exponents, and smoothing options are available as of Update 1.[12]
Controller Y-axis inversion
Controller types
XInput-compatible controllers
Xbox button prompts
Impulse Trigger vibration
DualShock 4 controllers
DualShock button prompts
Only for V2 controllers; V1 controllers uses generic prompts.[18]
Light bar support
Static blue light.
Connection modes V1, Wired, Bluetooth, V2
No vibration support.
Generic/other controllers
Natively supports the Switch Pro controller.[19]
Button prompts Input settings icon - Generic Controller.svg
Additional information
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
XInput only.[20]
Simultaneous controller+KB/M


Use the console to rebind each weapon key[21]
  1. Open the console with ~.
  2. Enter bind <key> "impulse <number>" where <key> is the desired key and <number> is the weapon number as listed below.
Weapon Number
Axe / Mjolnir 1
Shotgun 2
Double-Barreled Shotgun 3
Nailgun / Lava Nailsgun 4
Super Nailgun / Super Lava Nailsgun 5
Grenade Launcher / Proximity Mine Launcher / Multi-Grenades Launcher 6
Rocket Launcher / Multi-Rockets Launcher 7
Thunderbolt / Plasma Cell Thunderbolt 8
Laser Cannon 225


Sound settings
Sound settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound, Voice
Surround sound
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Does not feature any voiced content.


Multiplayer settings
Multiplayer settings

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
4 Co-op, Versus
LAN play
Online play
8 Co-op, Versus

Connection types

Issues fixed[edit]

Quiet music playback[edit]

The music playback in the game was quiet even with the music volume set to the highest. This issue was fixed in Update 1.[22][23]

Issues unresolved[edit]

No online connectivity on Windows 7[edit]

Attempting to play Online Multiplayer on Windows 7 may cause a "Lost connection to online services" error.[24]
The operating system version is below the minimum system requirement of Windows 10.

Other information[edit]


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11.4 D3D11 can be forced manually with the +r_rhirenderfamily d3d11 Command line argument. Will override the renderer in the configuration file.
Vulkan 1.1 Default renderer. Can be forced manually by using +r_rhirenderfamily vulkan Command line argument.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio XAudio2
Input SDL2

Console commands[edit]

Access the console by pressing ~.
Command Notes
cl_backspeed 400 Returns the backwards running speed to how it was in the original game, when always run is enabled. Corrected as of Update 1.[12]
cl_sensitivity Controls the mouse sensitivity and allows for more precise values compared to the in-game settings (e.g. 0.73).
r_crtmode 0 Disable the CRT filter in the Quake 64 add-on.
r_gpuCulling 0 Reportedly improves performance on Vulkan.[25]
game <mod folder name> Launches installed add-ons or mods directly without prompting the Bethesda.net log-in.
The complete list of commands is documented in the dedicated Steam guide.

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
AMD Radeon HD 7750
2 GB (Nvidia), 1 GB (AMD) of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
Minimum requirements are based on 1080p/60Hz; recommended requirements are based on 4K/120Hz.


  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/2310/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (2310) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.


  1. Quake remastered revealed at QuakeCon 2021, and it’s available today - last accessed on 2021-08-19
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 Quake Release Notes & FAQ - last accessed on 2021-08-19
  3. QUAKE - UPDATE 2 RELEASE NOTES - Bethesda.net - last accessed on 2021-12-02
  4. Verified by User:Crouky on 2022-02-06
  5. Steam games you can play without the Steam client, post #1688 - last accessed on 2021-08-20
  6. Quake Enhanced Update - last accessed on 2021-08-21
  7. Verified by User:Wof8317 on 2021-08-23
  8. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-12-04
    After examining the newly generated "addons.json" in the save file location after the Update 2 patch, the game cannot find the installed add-ons locally without this file. It should be possible to store the text data in this file elsewhere.
  9. Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2021-08-19
  10. Verified by User:Mechanical paladin on 2021-08-20
  11. User Cloud on SteamDB - last accessed on 2021-08-19
    "1/root: gameinstall"
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 12.3 Quake Update 1 - Steam Community Announcements - last accessed on 2021-10-08
  13. Verified by User:Rose on 2021-08-19
    Screenshot taken at 2560x1080, 1920x1080, and 3840x1080, then compared.
  14. [1] - last accessed on 2021-08-20
  15. [2] - last accessed on 2021-08-20
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Verified by User:Rose on 2021-08-19
    Disabled Steam Input for the game and tested with an Xbox 360 Razer Onza controller.
  17. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-10-08
    Trigger motors did not rumble with an Xbox One controller, only the two main controller motors rumbled.
  18. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2022-02-15
  19. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-10-14
    Tested with a Logitech F310 in DirectInput mode when launching the game without Steam running. Also tested a Switch Pro controller while running the game without Steam running and it detected the controller.
  20. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-10-14
    Tested with DualShock 4 and Switch Pro controllers, none of which rumbled even with Vibration enabled in the game's Input settings.
  21. Bind weapons - last accessed on 2021-09-04
  22. QEXPatch: Fix quiet music in the 2021 rerelease! - Steam Community Discussions - last accessed on 2021-10-08
    "UPDATE 10/7/2021: The SFX mix and music volume have been fixed up in a patch! This tool is, thus, unsupported for this and newer versions of Quake EX."
  23. Verified by User:AmethystViper on 2021-10-08
    Performed a clean re-install of the game without using QEX Patch after Update 1 was released and the music playback is much more audible than the Day 1 release build.
  24. "Lost Connection To Online Services" - last accessed on 2021-08-20
  25. SVKaiser - twitter - last accessed on 2021-08-21