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Quake Live Open Beta Ends, Three Plans Emerge

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QUAKE LIVE has officially come out of beta, offering three plans.

Friday id Software announced that the QUAKE LIVE beta had ended and would now offer three plans: Standard, Premium and Pro. Gamers still wanting to play for free will be converted to the Standard account which will offer access to friend lists, matchmaking, stats tracking, and access to one clan.

For those wanting a little more, the Premium Subscription will cost $1.99 per month (billed annually) and will grant access to 20 QUAKE LIVE Premium-only maps at launch. Subscribers will also have access to an all-new "Freeze Tag" game mode, exclusive premium level rewards, the ability to create a clan (and join up to five) and more.

As for the Pro Subscription, this will cost $3.99 per month (billed annually) and will include all the Premium offers plus a few extra perks: the ability to start your own game server, exclusive pro awards, means to invite three Standard accounts to play on a Premium map, an option to create a clan (and join up to twelve), and more.

Previously known as Quake Zero, QUAKE LIVE is a browser-based version of id Software's classic FPS, Quake 3 Arena. The game originally launched in 2007 and went into closed, invitation-only beta in 2008. Gamers finally gained public access last year, however the current "financial scheme" was unable to keep the project afloat. Premium services were eventually announced at QuakeCon 2009.

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    shloader , August 9, 2010 10:16 PM
    Worth it to keep it going if you're enough of a Q3A fan. They're not asking some outrageous amount, just genuine community support.
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    shloader , August 9, 2010 10:16 PM
    Worth it to keep it going if you're enough of a Q3A fan. They're not asking some outrageous amount, just genuine community support.
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    socrates047 , August 9, 2010 10:49 PM
    i think its a good direction (like BF Heroes) to have it free.. we cant always be in front of our rigs can we?
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    Thunderfox , August 9, 2010 10:50 PM
    If you're enough of a Q3A fan to be paying for it, you won't be playing it in a web browser window.
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    CoryInJapan , August 9, 2010 10:54 PM
    yea...The prices are perfectly fine to keep the game going for the core fans.
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    schmich , August 9, 2010 11:06 PM
    Is the idea still to make money off ads? (now on top of subscriptions) I really wouldn't mind having a game with ads if it's to make it free. Wouldn't be hard to get $3.99 per month per player with ads considering the amount we often play. Also comes hand-in-hand in the sense that the people who play the most = the people who use the server's the most = the people who would give a larger revenue.
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    dco , August 10, 2010 12:29 AM
    As fun as Q3A was back in the day, new fps have runied any classics with their superior sexy graphics
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    nevertell , August 10, 2010 12:31 AM
    ThunderfoxIf you're enough of a Q3A fan to be paying for it, you won't be playing it in a web browser window.

    I think the hardcore fans will still be paying, even if they won't be playing it in a browser, just to support one of the best game devs out there.
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    kd0frg , August 10, 2010 2:02 AM
    bleh.. give me quakeworld or give me death!
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    Trialsking , August 10, 2010 4:36 AM
    CoryInJapanyea...The prices are perfectly fine to keep the game going for the core fans.



    Exactly, but if they can get goofballs to pay for such and old game, more power to them!
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    killbits , August 10, 2010 5:02 AM
    the browser version (quake live) has much better graphics, effects, etc. than the original cd-rom version from 10 years ago. the dev team has done a great job of updating the engine + optimizing it to run in a browser. the graphics are actually amazing for an engine over a decade old. it's not really even a typical "browser-based" game per se, the browser just gives you access to the quake live client. all that being said it's still the action + gameplay that makes it a great game, not the graphics. either way there is a very large community who still play quake. not sure how many are going to shell out 24 dollars a year to keep it going, though.
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    dEAne , August 10, 2010 6:18 AM
    This is all fine for me.
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    decepticon , August 10, 2010 11:29 AM
    They were still in beta? I thought that ended a while ago. I must have not played in a year or two since the closed beta. If I want to play that bad, I'll play from the original disk and get all the MP maps for free and be able to play for free. Not to mention the mods.
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    tree dude , August 10, 2010 12:56 PM
    You can full screen it like a normal game guys. It plays great.
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    dainsane1 , August 10, 2010 2:11 PM
    as a Linux user its awesome; best part is full screens stretches across both my screens (mismatched screens on gf 9800). don't think ill pay for it. don't play enough and adds so far are flash based and thus blocked.

    was great in beta now that they are out of beta it crashes ff a lot or loses sound.
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2010 7:49 PM
    It's not a lot of money, but I don't know how much longer I'm going to keep playing it if they don't do something about the aimbots. Seems like EVERY match I join has a jekr using one.
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    Anonymous , August 10, 2010 8:01 PM
    Annual billing? Goodbye. Please dont insult my intelligence with your phony "$2/month" crap when you're really charging about as much for a full featured high end retail game. I think I bought TF2 for $19.99 3 years ago, and they are still making HUGE updates to that game.
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    nOv1c3 , August 11, 2010 8:03 PM
    Hmm billed annually , So they gona charge you from $24 to $48 to play for just 1 year

    Pfft Just grab the retail copy of quake 3 for $20 and you have alot more servers and mods to play on