When I talk about ray tracing, I describe video game graphics as a big magic trick. And it turns out that game developers have gotten very good at making believable illusions – so much so that Nvidia’s ray-tracing tech doesn’t stand out like it should. When we apply it to lo-fi games like Minecraft or old-school ones like Quake II, though, it’s impossible to miss.
Nvidia launches RTX remaster program
Nvidia has apparently taken notice of this. According to a job posting from Nvidia, (via DSOGaming) “Nvidia is kicking off an exciting new game remastering program.” The company plans to select “some of the greatest titles from the past decades,” bringing them into the ray-tracing age.
This isn’t an up-res or a remake, though. I wouldn’t expect higher-resolution textures or anything like that. Instead, RTX itself will be the belle of the ball. Nvidia wants the program to give the games “state-of-the-art visuals while keeping the game gameplay that made them great.”
The job posting is looking for a producer at Nvidia’s Lightspeed Studios. The producer would lead production on the remaster project. It seems like this is something Nvidia plans to work on for a while.
It seems like Nvidia is watching gamers’ response to new games that use technology carefully. At the current level of fidelity, ray tracing isn’t quite there yet, but it also sounds like it needs to be out in the hands of the public to get it to where it should be; that’s no different from previous visual effects, like shaders, which started as an exclusive feature before eventually going mainstream.
Nvidia is already working on a title, it says, but won’t say what other than to call it “beloved.” As Quake II shows, though, it seems like just about any old game from around that time and onward can benefit from this kind of thing. It’s likely we’ll see a lot of shooters and action games from the late 1990s and early 2000s, as those make the heaviest use of outdoor spaces and creative lighting in general. We could imagine games like Half-Life 2, The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, Deus Ex, and Battlefield 1942 getting the remaster treatment. What would you like to see get attention? Would any of these games push you into buying that RTX card?