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This is just an engine port, although the apk does contain the DEMO version of RTCW, not the full game. YOU WILL NEED TO LEGALLY OWN Return to Castle Wolfenstein IF YOU WISH TO PLAY IT IN VR USING RTCWQUEST.

Return to Castle Wolfenstein can be purchased on Steam


Oculus Quest - Return to Castle Wolfenstein

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Welcome to the one and only fully wireless 6DoF implementation of the Return to Castle Wolfenstein single player campaign in VR.

This is built solely for the Oculus Quest VR HMD and will not run on any other device.

The easiest way to install this on your Quest is using SideQuest, a PC Desktop app designed to simplify sideloading apps and games ( even beat saber songs on quest ) on Standalone Android Headsets like Oculus Quest and Oculus Go. It supports drag and drop for installing APK files!

Installing RTCWQuest

We recommend doing all copy / move operations via the Sidequest App. Windows File System in combination with ADB has severe caching / syncronisation issues and will often show files that no longer exist and not show files that have been moved.
Before attempting to start RTCWQuest you need to do the following:

  • Install the latest RTCWQuest version from the desktop SideQuest application
  • Run the game once through your Quest. The APK includes the RTCW demo but it is recommended to copy the files from the full install to play.
  • Locate the install of return to Castle Wolfenstein on your PC, if installed from Steam then it will be somewhere like C:/Program Files (x86)/Steam/steamApps/common/RTCW/
  • Copy the following PK3 files from the installed RTCW game folder on your PC (in the Main folder) to the /RTCWQuest/Main folder (and allow any overwrites) on your Oculus Quest whilst it is connected to the PC:
    You have to have run RTCWQuest at least once for the folder to be created and if you don't see it when you connect your Quest to the PC you might have to restart the Quest (or make sure the Sidequest App is open as this often forces the file system to appear).
  • (HD Textures and Improvements - optional - but very highly recommended) Download the VR version of the Venom Mod from Mod DB. Unzip the contents to somewhere on your PC.
    Copy all PK3 files from the folder "Venom Mod - RtCWquest edition" to your Quest folder "RTCWQuest/Main". Overwrite if needed.
    If you wish for more vicious and smarter enemies, also copy over "sp_vpak9.pk3" from "Improved Ai (optional)" to "RTCWQuest/Main". This makes the enemies more aggressive and aim a lot better. You can revert this anytime by deleting "sp_vpak9.pk3".


Does Multiplayer Work?

I'm a terrible shot, can I cheat by having a laser sight.
You scoundrel! You can indeed have a laser pointer. This and other VR option can be found in-game -> Pause Menu -> Controls

The height of my player is incorrect!
The height of the player plus various other options can be found in-game -> Pause Menu -> Controls

I am left handed, should I resign myself to having to shoot with my weaker hand?
Absolutely Not! Left hand mode can be activated in game -> Pause Menu -> Controls

I get VR sick...
We feel your pain; All of our team have strong VR Legs. Teleport mode can be activated in game -> Pause Menu -> Controls. You can still move with the left hand stick or alternatively press the left trigger button to teleport.

There are plenty of options available in the controls configuration menu. Be sure to check them out.

Smooth Turning
To enable smooth turning, simply set the snap turn value to very low, try a few values out to find one that suits you.

Once teleport has been enabled in the config menu, you can press the off-hand trigger to activate the teleport, aim with the offhand controller to the desired location and release the trigger to teleport, normal locomotion is still available too, though if you wish to turn that off then you can reduce the movement speed to zero in the configuration menu. NOTE: There is nothing to stop you cheating with the teleport

Laser Sight
If you really want to, you can enable a laser sight in the controls menu.

Height Adjust
Player height can be adjusted for those that wish to play seated.

Main Controls

Weapons Specific Controls

Sniper Scopes
The FG42 and the Mauser can have their scopes toggled on and off by using the weapon alt mode (note the scoped Mauser is only available once the scope has been picked up in the game). When the scope is attached, to trigger the scoped view, ensure you are holding the weapon in two hands (use off-hand grip button) and then look through the scope on the weapon, this will switch you to scope mode:

Move the controllers like you would when looking through the scope to aim by moving the weapon
Use the dominant thumb stick forward / back to zoom in / out
When using the scope you will move at 1/3 normal speed
Thumbstick Turning is disabled when the scope is active
Release the off hand grip or move the dominant controller away from your face to exit scoped mode

There is no fire button, simply stab with it or swing it to use it like a knife.

Grenades / Pineapples / Dynamite
These are all throwable. Hold the trigger and then throw the item, releasing the trigger at the apex of the throw.

Mounted Guns (MG42)
Mounted guns are aimed using gaze direction, pull trigger to fire, press "activate" to enter/exit mounted gun mode.

There is a handy backpack feature which acts as a quick access to certain weapons/pickups. To access the backpack move the controller out of sight over your shoulder. Press and hold one of the following buttons to access the associated items:

Dominant Hand Controller

A (or X for left handed) - Knife (useful to quickly smash up stuff or stab)
B (or Y for left handed) - Binoculars (once you have picked them up in game), raise them to your face to look through them, pull trigger to zoom in/out
Grip button - Grenades / Dynamite - You can then throw them in the usual manner using the trigger
Release the button to return to the previously active weapon

Off Hand Controller

X (or A for left handed) - Quick Save Game
Y (or B for left handed) - Load Last Quick Save

I would like to thank the following teams and individual for making this possible:

  • Emile Belanger - For once again providing the android port upon which this is based. See his other Android ports here
  • Baggyg - My long-time VR friend whose roles in this have been varied and all helpful, also the creator of excellent websites/artwork/assets for this mod as well as various model alterations to be more VR friendly (removing hands, tweaking iron sights, alignment etc)
  • VR_Bummser - PR person extraordinaire, video creation, play tester and all round helpful and good guy. Hoping I can buy him a beer in person one day!
  • The SideQuest team - For making it easy for people to install this
  • Dark Matter Productions and William Faure - for allowing us to include their excellent remastered weapons with the install. Check out their work here
  • _HellBaron_ - for allowing us to provide a custom version of his excellent Venom Mod for RTCW
  • Johannes Tripolt (Eigenlaut) - For additional fixes and enhancements to weapons
  • ptitSeb for GLE4ES for the OpenGL -> OpenGLES2 translation: without which this project wouldn't have worked at all
  • Wolfenstein Font - Courtesy of Fonts Empire

Known Issues

The following are issues known to us, but we did not feel it was worth holding up the release to investigate:

  • You cannot load a game once you are already in an existing game. To load, exit to the RTCW main menu and load from there.
  • The teleport function will allow you to access areas you would not usually be able to. Its down to your discretion to not cheat.

Performance Help

On the whole RTCWQuest performs excellently on the Oculus Quest, achieving the native 72fps in most situations. However in some larger outdoor areas we have noticed some minor drops into the 60's. If you prefer solid performance over visual quality you can adjust the below:

  • From the in-game RTCW Graphics menu, disable "Dynamic Lights"
  • From the in-game RTCW Graphics menu, lower Texture Filtering to to "Bilinear"
  • From the in-game RTCW Graphics menu, set Corona Distance to "Off"

RTCWQuest is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with Bethesda, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. RTCWQuest is an unofficial port of the idtech3 engine, which was originally written by ID Software.