Updated: Quake Leaks Ahead of Expected QuakeCon Announcement

Information about Quake has leaked via an ESRB listing, telling us a bit more about this expected QuakeCon announcement

Published: August 19, 2021 10:21 AM /



Update: After reporting this morning on the ESRB rating for Quake it seems that the damn have been let loose as more details about the soon to be released port have been officially published across major storefronts. Quake has appeared on the PlayStation Store, Nintendo Switch eShop, and on the Xbox Store. Quake is being sold on current generation consoles for $9.99.

This port of Quake boasts enhanced visuals up to 4K with all kinds of other graphical enhancements like widescreen support, dynamic lighting, anti-aliasing and more to make sure that the game looks good as new on your display. Quake also comes with the Dark Fantasy campaign, all additional expansions as well as brand new expansions, online and local co-op, and mod support. That multiplayer will also support crossplay. At the moment Quake is compatible with PS5 and Xbox Series X|S through Backwards Compatibility but there will also be a free native update coming soon.

Game Pass subscribers might also see this appearing in their newly added section as not only Quake is hitting Gamepass for PC and Xbox, but Quake 2 and Quake 3 will be coming to Gamepass for PC.

It looks like we have even more Quake Leaks ahead of the probable announcement at QuakeCon later today. There's an ESRB rating for Quake and a new Quake beta that has been added to Steam, which makes this original leak on the Quakecon schedule seem all but certain to be the real deal:

Quake is back, in this special stream John Linneman from Digital Foundry talks to Jerk Gustafsson of Machine Games about the title's iconic legacy and what it meant to both of them. The pair will also discuss the additional content Machine Games have contributed to this revitalized edition.

Interestingly, the ESRB rating states that Quake will be coming for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S. Expected, yes, but the fact that it's not a straight-up PC game (like it was in the good ol' days) suggests that it's more likely to be a touch-up with some "additional content from Machine Games" rather than a full-on high-end remaster due to its appearance on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. This is also supported by the fact we're seeing updated beta branch's on Steam rather than new listings, although new listings could still be forthcoming. It's very likely that we won't see anything like Quake 2 RTX due to it coming out on these older and weaker consoles without ray tracing capability.

Its possible that Quake here is the Project 2021B that was listed by Id Sofware earlier this year as well. The rating would match it, and it is a franchise that they own, so it lines up pretty well with it.

The Steamdb page for Quake has been very active over the past week, with the appconfig being changed to beta and the launch executable changing to rerelease/Quake_x64_steam.exe. The EULA has also been changed as of about a half hour ago at the time of writing this, so if there isn't a Quake-related announcement today there will be a lot confused boomer shooter aficionados. 

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