As the classic FPS receives numerous strange, telling updates on its Steam page, it appears that Doom developer id Software and Quakes new owner Bethesda may be planning to update the shooter with a new version, which will hopefully keep us entertained while we await Bethesdas' space RPG Starfield.
The Steam listing for Quake 2 was altered in a variety of ways on August 11; the descriptions for the games' various mission packs were also changed, as well as some of the customization options to launch the game from the Valves marketplace. Most interestingly, however, the description for Quake 2 was significantly changed, suggesting that the game might be ready for a relaunch.
Mankind is at conflict with the Strogg, according to the game's new description, a hostile alien race that is planning an invasion of Earth. In response, we launched a preemptive strikethat failed. You must fight to destroy the enemy's war machine. Only then will humanity's fate be known.
Changes to Quake 2's Steam page do not necessarily imply a remaster. Doom and Quake have recently been reorganized, putting Doom 2 together in a single package with Master Levels and Final Doom, and the original Doom 3 with the reworked BFG Edition, which may explain the Steam listing changes.
The original Quake was not released until 2021, and it is possible that a remaster will be added to the Xbox Insider previews program. Especially ahead of Quakecon (which unfortunately appears unlikely to provide any further information on Starfield) it would follow that the classic FPS will be given a makeover.
Despite the mounting evidence, this could all be a minor instance of id Software cleaning out its metaphorical closet with some new frontpage verbiage. PCGamesN might very well be keeping a close eye on Quakecon to see if rumors of a remaster are true.
In the meantime, you may want to try out a different shooter from our selection of FPS games. We also have a comprehensive catalogue of the best PC classics that are still worth playing. Alternately, you may want to read more about Neon City and New Atlantis in our guide to Starfield.