3DRealms devs' Tremor to bring free, new 32 level campaign to the original Quake

At 25 years old, Quake is still getting some kick-ass mods, the latest of which comes from a handful of developers, including a few at 3DRealms.


Some people may have heard, especially those who have frequented Shacknews from the very beginning, but Quake is turning 25 this year. It may not be as popular today as it was in 1996, but id Software's classic shooter still has a massive following to the point that modders are still offering up new ways to enjoy it. The latest comes through a new 32 level campaign called Tremor.

Let's check out the description from the Tremor team from their YouTube channel:

Announcing Tremor, a brand new, free of charge, 32 level campaign for the original Quake.

Re-live traversing four nightmarish dimensions in an authentic, lo-fi experience straight from 1996. Evade the wrath of Shamblers, run away from blood-stained crushers, and be perplexed by low gravity as Tremor brings back all the unspeakable horrors of old.

Created by an all-star team of level designers from high-profile releases such as Arcane Dimensions, Graven, and WRATH: Aeon of Ruin. Also featuring a brand new dark ambient soundtrack, containing 11 tracks of creeping terror.

Brought to life with modern tools such as Radiant and Trenchbroom.

This looks to be a labor of love from hardcore Quake fans, who are taking time out from their primary projects to put together something for the 1996 classic. The whole thing will play just like the classic Quake with no extra bells and whistles, though as noted above, it is being assembled with some modern tools.

There's no word on when Tremor will release, but we'll have our eye on it here at Shacknews. For now, we have a full 25 years of Quake celebration that's going down throughout 2021. Keep an eye on the Quake tag for the latest news and features and make sure to watch The Great Quakeholio Tournament 4 this weekend!

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      June 22, 2021 11:52 AM

      this is amazing, but like, what the fuck

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        June 22, 2021 7:27 PM

        3DR still seems pretty invested in the quaker engine and are making a couple games that use it, like WRATH, so this isn't totally out of left field.

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        June 22, 2021 7:46 PM

        Ain't hardly anybody got a 30xx video card so might as well make new content for old engines that people can run at 1000fps at 4k super easy, barely an inconvenience.

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      June 22, 2021 12:38 PM

      I gotta go back and finally play that episode that Machine Games made five years ago!

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      June 22, 2021 7:49 PM

      I have to admit it makes me sad that 3DRealms is spending their time in 25+ year old engines. It just means that they have no funding and are on their last legs. From an A-level studio to basically working on fan projects... :/

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      June 22, 2021 7:54 PM

      Quake is currently on sale on gog. There are ways to extract the music from this version.


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        June 22, 2021 8:05 PM

        No extracting involved. Just load up the .cue in fav software, burn .bin onto a 74 minute audio CD, place CD into your 2x CD-ROM, install Windows 95 (OSR2 if possible) in your favorite VM manager (or your PC for better performance), make sure your config files (and CONFIG.SYS/AUTOEXEC.BAT files if running on DOS and don't forget your soundcard drivers), and BOOM you're done!

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      June 22, 2021 8:17 PM

      "I ain't afraid of no quake."

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