Nvidia has a lot riding on the success of its GeForce RTX cards. The Santa Clara, California company is beating the real-time ray tracing drum loudly, adamant on being known as a champion of the technology before AMD steals some of its thunder next year with the PlayStation 5 and its own inevitable release of ray-tracing enabled PC graphics cards.
Nvidia has shown that, with ray tracing, it can breathe new life into a decades-old PC shooter like id Software’s Quake 2, so why not dedicate an entire game studio to remastering timeless PC classics? A new job listing spotted by DSOGaming confirms that’s exactly what Nvidia is cooking up:
NVIDIA is kicking off an exciting new game remastering program. We’re 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. The NVIDIA Lightspeed Studios team is picking up the challenge starting with a title that you know and love but we can’t talk about here! We’re building a team of talented, dedicated game developers who are ready to get going quickly.
The job listing leaves little doubt that Nvidia’s Lightspeed Studios is dedicating considerable effort towards injecting some of our favorite retro shooters with RTX technology.
The looming question is which games will receive the treatment? Nvidia is keeping that close to the chest for now, but looking at Lightspeed Studios’ portfolio makes it easy to speculate.
The developers had a heavy hand in remastering DOOM 3, Half-Life 2 and Portal for Nvidia’s Android-based Shield platform. It’s not a stretch to imagine Nvidia carrying forward that work for its RTX Remasters.
I can’t name a single person who wouldn’t love to see the timeless gameplay of Half-Life 2 updated with modern real-time lighting techniques and visual effects, so hopefully that’s high on the priority list.
This program would also allow newer gamers to discover some decidedly awesome PC classics, and will no doubt put some much-needed marketing wind behind Nvidia’s RTX sails.
I’ll keep you posted. Hopefully Nvidia will have more to share before the year is out.