In two weeks, you can play Turok on your Switch

In two weeks, you can play Turok on your Switch screenshot

Nightdive Studios once said it would be “cool” to bring its Turok remaster to Nintendo Switch, and as revealed today — on the game’s 20th anniversary — plans are in motion. An eShop listing for Turok surfaced on Nintendo’s official website ^( with a $19.99 price tag and an almost-here March 18 release.

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter has made the rounds in recent years on PC ^( and Xbox One ^( These modernized versions are higher-res, with updated lighting and water effects, and you can see much further into the distance. If you prefer Turok 2: Seeds of Evil over the original, I’d wager that’s coming to Switch too.

My most notable memory of Turok stems from the one and only time I rented it on Nintendo 64. (Did anyone else consistently rent the same games multiple times?) Just a few minutes into the first level, I got a sharp headache and had to let my PS1-owning friend take over. He and his brothers were always playing M-rated games like Resident Evil and Shadow Man, so he was in his element. Fun times.

I’m probably not in the market for Turok on Switch, but I’d love to see more games from that era come over either in their original form (let’s pick up the pace, Nintendo Switch Online ^( or with remasters.

[Via reddit ^(]

Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (2018) [DX11]

3D Vision fix for Turok: Dinosaur Hunter (2018). It’s only for the 2018 remaster running in DX11 mode, not for the original game.

– Stereoized bloom and similar effects thanks to a profile setting change.
– Weapon convergence (customizable with a hotkey).
– Sun rays (“light scatter” ingame).
– Water.
– The fix includes a dynamic crosshair and/or HUD feature.

Known issues
– There is a small issue with sun rays (some light at the left and right of the sun will shoot to the sides. It’s something that partially remained at screen depth). I could either fix that small problem with the sun or everything else (what I chose), but not both at the same time. I tried to filter by texture, by depth and other means without good results.
– The water fix involves just a wavy effect of the surface, not reflections or refraction, which were OK without the fix. But this effect doesn’t have depth, so it’s only perfect now at 0 convergence or for very far away water. It won’t look bad most of the time thought.
– The weapon convergence fix is heavily filtered (by index buffer and texture) to not break other things, but there are two or three textures in total that will have strange convergence when you see two specific weapons in the overworld. Just so you know.
– Not an issue, but you’ll notice that the sky isn’t too far away. It has a gameplay reason to be like that because in a lot of maps you can be above the clouds, so it would be a mistake to modify the depth of this element.

– Download this file ^( and extract its contents in the “Turok” folder, where “sobek.exe” is.
– Launch the game and let it overwrite the profile.

– F1: convergence presets.
– F2: HUD depth presets.
– F3: HUD toggle. Not disabled by default.
– F4: dynamic crosshair presets. By default only the crosshair has dynamic depth, but pressing this will enable it for the HUD too (by screen center or by vertex) or disable it for everything. Whatever isn’t dynamic can be used alongside the F2 and F3 hotkeys. Be warned that using it for the whole HUD increases GPU usage substantially.
– F6: bloom presets, from x0 to x1. The game uses this effect sparingly if you enable it.
– p: crosshair size presets (x2, x3, x4, x1). Not modified by default. The game doesn’t scale the crosshair when you use a high resolution, so I made these multipliers.
– l: dynamic crosshair samples presets (4000, 8000, 12000, 16000, 24000). By default the fix uses 8000. More samples make the crosshair change depth in a smoother and more precise way, but it increases GPU usage, especially if you make all the HUD dynamic.
– m: weapon convergence presets (0, 4, 8, 12.5, 16, 20, 24). Default is 12.5, which looks like the most realistic. This can change the size appearance of weapons.
– o: saturation toggle. It just toggles off the “saturation” setting of the game. Not very useful.

Fixed mods
These are mods that needed fixes made specifically for them. The reason is that they modify weapon models or textures:
– Turok+
– iddqd_textures
– Vinicius Skies texture
– Vinicius Weapons Textures
– Lightsaber mod

Mods that modify terrain textures like “iddqd_textures”, change maps or change most of the game like “TurokWolf” were already compatible with the fix.

– The light scatter option is very GPU demanding. You may prefer using a very high resolution instead of that, to lessen the apparent lack of mipmaps in textures.

If you liked the fix and want to contribute for more future fixes, you can donate to this PayPal account: [email protected]