Nvidia’s remastering more classic PC games to add ray tracing

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Nvidia is “kicking off an exciting new game remastering program” with the intention of updating classic PC games to enable ray tracing and support the company’s GeForce RTX graphics cards, in the vein of Quake 2 RTX. Nvidia says it’s starting that initiative with a beloved but still secret title.

According to a recently posted job listing, spotted by DSOGaming, Nvidia’s Lightspeed Studios is “cherry-picking some of the greatest titles from the past decades and bringing them into the ray tracing age, giving them state-of-the-art visuals while keeping the gameplay that made them great.”

Nvidia Lightspeed Studios was founded in 2015, and has been remastering PC games to support new features for Android devices, specifically the Nvidia Shield. Lightspeed Studios previously worked on Android versions of Half-Life 2, Doom 3, and Portal, which could be an indication of the type of PC games it plans to retrofit with ray-tracing support. (The studio also worked on Android versions of Wii games like Super Mario Galaxy and The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess for the Shield in China.)

Nvidia released Quake 2 RTX earlier this year as a free update to Quake 2. The RTX version of id Software’s classic shooter added global illumination rendering, real-time reflections, time-of-day settings, improved textures, and more.

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