Last year, Nightdive Studios released a remastered quake supporting classic 4K FPS and widescreen resolution, enhanced models, dynamic and color lighting, anti-aliasing, depth of field and some new levels from MachineGames. He also restored Trent Reznor’s original score, previously absent from the digital version due to an expired copyright, and added a new Reznor theme song. All of that, and it was free for owners of the original Quake.
according to one Nightdive CEO Stephen Kick’s tweet (opens in new tab)After remastering Quake, Cliff Bleszinski contacted Epic CEO Tim Sweeney on behalf of Nightdive. The co-designer of 1998’s Unreal suggested it deserved a similar remaster. “I think if you want this, leave a message for Tim to know,” Kick finished.
Bleszinski replied (opens in new tab) only to explain that he was “not saying anything for legal reasons”. Sweeney still hasn’t responded.
While the Unreal series was known for its multiplayer, the original had an impressive singleplayer mode that opened with intense prison ship escape sequence. After that, it opened up into massive alien spaces that showcased the graphical possibilities of the then-new Unreal Engine, though it was also noted for its atmospheric sound design, variety of alternate-firing weapons, and the challenging AI behind its alien enemies, the skaarj.
As Steve Owen said in our unreal review (opens in new tab) at the time, “The vivacious creatures jump away from oncoming projectiles, hide behind walls and shoot from there. If they are close to death, they run away and try to shoot you from a farther point of view and because they are bigger than they often quickly distance you. If an obstacle is between you, or if they just want to, they can find an alternate way to get to you, attacking from behind. Simply put, if a Skaarj gets away, keep an eye ‘on your six ‘ as they say in Top Gun.”
Nightdive Studios is responsible for remasters and re-releases of old games including Blood, Doom 64, Sin, PowerSlave, Strife, Shadow Man and more. Right now, Nightdive is working on a remake of the original System Shock slated for later this year, which has been in the works for a long time. As we saw in March that the remake is finally close to completion.