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John Carmack to Reveal Something Special

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John Carmack is teasing PC gamers on Twitter.

Wednesday night id Software's mad scientist (aka founder and technical director) John Carmack updated his Twitter page, revealing that he'll be showing "something neat and unannounced" at QuakeCon later today. Naturally he didn't reveal the actual project, nor did he provide even a pixel of a visual hint, leaving fans guessing.

"Deciding if I should leave it be or sneak a little more code in," he added in his tweet.

So what's the "unannounced" project? We are already aware of Doom 4, but perhaps it's something related to the upcoming game that hasn't previously been revealed. id Software head honcho Todd Hollenshead admitted last year that more would be revealed about Doom 4 during this year's QuakeCon. "When we show it to you you're gonna love it," he said.

There's also speculation that Carmack may reveal a new game. While it's possible, a new IP is certainly not in the picture, as id Software is focused on getting Rage and Doom 4 developed and out the door. Thursday Carmack even told the Official PlayStation Magazine that the studio won't start work on another new franchise--aka Intellectual Property (IP)--for another ten years.

"We do already have more IPs than we can exploit," he told OPM. "I doubt we're going to do another IP. It's scary to say it, but maybe not in the next decade even, because we want to support Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake - and hopefully we can add Rage onto that - and I don't want five teams here. Three is scary enough."

If id Software is announcing a new title, it's likely in the Quake (crossing fingers) or Wolfenstein franchise. Rage 2 isn't even a possibility until the development house determines if the first game is a hit when it lands on store shelves in 2011.

In the meantime, some of us are eager to see what Doom 4 will bring to the franchise. What we know is that the game will be locked at 30fps to incorporate a higher visual quality--three times that of Rage. It will also supposedly leverage some of the Quake Live infrastructure for its multiplayer component. Carmack also reassured fans that Doom 4 shouldn't take as long to ship as Rage.

"It's already in the pipeline and we feel good about it," he said.

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    rooket , August 12, 2010 7:30 PM
    Hopefully nothing related to WWII. Wolfenstein has been milked and milked and milked and..... the last Wolfenstein game didn't really pan out which was expected. I was hoping Rage would be out by now so I could be playing it. But it will come, unlike DNF...
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    Albyint , August 12, 2010 7:36 PM
    Doom 4 ftw, nuff' said.

    Here is hopin its quake tho....
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    adikos , August 12, 2010 7:46 PM
    while im a big wolfenstein fan, they havent been able to capture the MP feel that RTCW (and later ET) had. This new one was a decent singleplayer campaign and it was alright but i felt its multiplayer was horrible. The last couple quakes havent done anything for me either, but maybe i'm getting too old now.

    dm.exe ftw
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    Prey , August 12, 2010 7:57 PM
    If they do another sequel I pray it's better than Wolfenstein. Doom4 I hoping will be amazing visually and gameplay wise.. and for god's sake.. have him find some duct tape to attach a light to a firearm
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    pbrigido , August 12, 2010 8:02 PM
    No thanks Mr. Carmack, I don't want to see your something special.
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    warezme , August 12, 2010 8:04 PM
    at this point anything actually "new" would be nice and not vaporware.
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    darkchazz , August 12, 2010 8:05 PM

    What we know is that the game will be locked at 30fps to incorporate a higher visual quality--three times that of Rage.

    The P.O.S consoles can't do impressive graphics at 60+ fps, PC FTW!!!!!
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    Stardude82 , August 12, 2010 8:28 PM
    Duke Nukem Forever has been secretly picked up Gearbox using id Tech 5 all in a not so subtle FU to George Broussard by Take-Two in spite of the fact that id is a member of a rival company and Gearbox has no experience working with id engines.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , August 12, 2010 8:33 PM
    ID software is merging with Apple because of his love affair with the iPhone!
    /kidding
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    bison88 , August 12, 2010 8:45 PM
    Looks like id Software is making a combat after being in hibernation for the past few years. About damn time!
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    borisof007 , August 12, 2010 8:50 PM
    Quake Arena 2, PLEEEEEEEEASE
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    yzfr1guy , August 12, 2010 8:53 PM
    Blah, I've seen so many headlines saying Carmack's done with game development and working with NASA making some ub3r moon shuttle, or he's now he's saving the world from aids and starvation yada yada. I just hope it doesn't have anything to do with another failed DOOM iteration. When I played Doom 3 I could turn off my monitor and not recognize the difference in game play.. :) 
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    Prey , August 12, 2010 8:56 PM
    RADIO_ACTIVEID software is merging with Apple because of his love affair with the iPhone!/kidding


    So it is Steve Jobs going through giving everyone Negative ratings
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    Anonymous , August 12, 2010 8:56 PM
    I bet he's gonna call a press conference, ask the cameras to zoom in, and then show somethin' special by whipping out his johnson.
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    pocketdrummer , August 12, 2010 8:57 PM
    OR....

    You can stop rehashing the same old crap and start making new games with new stories. Quake and Doom have been played out, the stories are old, and newer companies are making games with fresh concepts. Take Portal or Bioshock for example.
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    Anonymous , August 12, 2010 9:18 PM
    All I can guess about whatever the upcoming game is is there will be more monster spawning closets and glossy plastic looking character models.
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    TwoDigital , August 12, 2010 9:21 PM
    So now that it's 5:30 ET, should the announcement have been made by now? What was it?
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    tolham , August 12, 2010 9:21 PM
    pocketdrummerOR....You can stop rehashing the same old crap and start making new games with new stories. Quake and Doom have been played out, the stories are old, and newer companies are making games with fresh concepts. Take Portal or Bioshock for example.

    this! we don't need a repackaged version of the same old FPS cliche.
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    noodlegts , August 12, 2010 9:24 PM
    borisof007Quake Arena 2, PLEEEEEEEEASE

    THIS!
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    jhansonxi , August 12, 2010 9:27 PM
    I would like to see a remake of Quake 2. Carmack hinted at that a while ago.
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