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Quake II Enhanced

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This page is for the 2023 remaster of Quake II. For the original version, see Quake II. For the ray-tracing capable version, see Quake II RTX.

Quake II Enhanced
Quake II Enhanced cover
Original Game id Software
The Reckoning Xatrix Entertainment
Ground Zero Rogue Entertainment
Remaster Nightdive Studios
Call of the Machine MachineGames
Quake II 64 Raster Productions
Bethesda Softworks
Kex Engine 4.1
Release dates
Windows August 10, 2023
Monetization One-time game purchase
Microtransactions None
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres FPS
Themes Sci-fi
Series Quake
Quake II Enhanced on IGDB
Quake II Enhanced on MobyGames
Quake II Enhanced 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 Enhanced 2021
Quake Champions 2022
Quake II Enhanced 2023

Quake II Enhanced is a 2023 remaster of the 1997 sci-fi first-person shooter Quake II. The remaster was released on August 10, 2023 during that year's QuakeCon, after several days of rumors. Aside from the prior game content ported to the Kex Engine by Nightdive Studios and an updated set of visuals, the game includes a new campaign by MachineGames titled Call of the Machine, as well as the campaign from the 1999 Nintendo 64 port. Also notable is crossplay with console versions through a revamped multiplayer system.

Quake II Enhanced replaced previous versions of the game on digital stores upon release, but was distributed as a free upgrade to prior owners. It also contains the original version of Quake II as an extra, but not Quake II RTX.

General information

Source code Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Epic Games Store
Epic Games Launcher
Includes Quake II: Quad Damage.
GOG Galaxy required for online play.
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 Quake II. DRM-free after creating <path-to-game>\rerelease\steam_appid.txt file containing its Steam App ID number 2320, then game can be launched directly from executable <path-to-game>\rerelease\quake2ex_steam.exe
Free upgrade for prior owners of Quake II on Steam, GOG or the Microsoft Store.


Type Notes
One-time game purchase The game requires an upfront purchase to access.

Essential improvements

Skip intro videos

Use the -skipmovies command line argument[1]

Game data

Configuration file(s) location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\Quake II\baseq2\*.cfg
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\Nightdive Studios\Quake II\baseq2\save\
Steam Play (Linux) <SteamLibrary-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/2320/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game cloud syncing

System Native Notes
Epic Games Launcher
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud
Did not work at the release time being wrongly configured. Corrected on August 15, 2023.[2][3]
Xbox Cloud


Display settings
Display settings
Video settings
Video settings

Graphics feature State Notes
Widescreen resolution
Hor+. FMVs are static aspect 16:9.
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
75 - 125
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
set to 16x by default
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Toggle only.
High-fidelity upscaling
See the glossary page for potential workarounds.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
The upper cap has been set to 1000 FPS with Update 1.[4]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
See the glossary page for potential alternatives.
Ray tracing (RT)


Input settings
Input settings


Sound settings
Sound settings

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Music, Sound, Voice
Surround sound
Supports stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 sound. Press the ` key to bring up the console ingame. The command is "snd_speakermode" "0" = Default audio, "1" = Stereo sound, "2" = 5.1 Surround Sound, "3" = 7.1 Surround Sound. There are no options in the menu, so the console command must be used, to change your speaker configuration.
Closed captions
Captions are integrated into subtitles.
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio
Language selection
Language selection


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Fan translation is available at Magyarítások Portál


Multiplayer settings
Multiplayer settings
Crossplay with different stores and consoles is enabled by default.
PC and Xbox players can additionally play with each other via LAN as of Update 1.[4]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
8 Co-op, Versus
LAN play
16 Co-op, Versus
Online play
16 Co-op, Versus
Requires authentication through the Steam client, GOG Galaxy or a account.

Connection types

Other information


Technical specs Supported Notes
Direct3D 11 HUD (split-screen mode) and fog are broken in DirectX 11 mode.
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes


Middleware Notes
Audio XAudio 2.9
Interface SDL2
Multiplayer PlayFab

System requirements

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5-3570 3.4 GHz
AMD Ryzen 3 1300X 3.5GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 2 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 Ti
AMD HD 7750
1 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Notes regarding Steam Play (Linux) data:


  1. Verified by User:Mastan on 2023-08-11
  2. Does Steam Cloud only support options and not saves? :: Quake II General Discussions - last accessed on 2023-08-11
  3. Quake II History · Change #19910560 · SteamDB - last accessed on 2023-08-16
  4. 4.0 4.1 Quake II - Update 1 Release Notes - last accessed on 2023-10-03