Ahead of its presumed reveal at today’s QuakeCon 2021 event, the ESRB has now listed a new Quake title with a Mature rating and details about its violence. A new Quake rumour made the rounds this week due to QuakeCon’s leaked schedule accidentally revealing that id Software MachineGames, the developers of Wolfenstein, were working together on a Quake “revitalization”. This ESRB rating seems to allude to that game.
The official website for the ESRB now lists Quake, coming to PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, PC and Nintendo Switch. The rating summary reads:
“This is a first-person shooter in which players assume the role of a soldier that travels through time to stop an evil force from destroying humanity. Players traverse through maze-like medieval environments and use shotguns, nail guns, and grenade launchers to kill various enemies (e.g. zombies, demonic forces, scorpions, humans) in frenetic run-and-gun combat. Battles are accompanied by gunfire sounds, screams of pain, and large explosions. Large blood-splatter effects occur frequently, and several attack cause enemies to explode into bloody chunks. Some areas depict mutilated body parts on the ground or falling from ceilings.”
From the sound of it, it may be a remaster or remake of the original Quake that was released in the mid-90s. That would also explain the “revitalized edition” mentioned in the leaked description for the QuakeCon 2021 panel.
Now that the ESRB has listed a new Quake, it’s likely to finally be unveiled at the QuakeCon 2021 panel featuring id Software and MachineGames. Interestingly, it’s multi-platform, despite Xbox’s acquisition of Bethesda and all studios beneath it. Fans can look forward to enjoying this revival of Quake on last and current generation consoles for Xbox, PlayStation, PC and surprisingly Nintendo Switch, though DOOM Eternal and Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus seem to run pretty fine on Nintendo’s hardware anyway.