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id Considering Quake Reboot, Going Back to Roots

By - Source: Eurogamer | B 42 comments

The next Quake title may go back to its space/fantasy-themed, Cthulhu-inspired roots.

id Software's John Carmack recently confirmed that the studio currently isn't working on another Quake title. But he also admitted to Eurogamer in an interview that there are "strong factions" within the studio that want to create another Quake title, one that goes back to the gritty, Lovecraftian roots that started it all.

"We went from the Quake 2 and the Quake 4 Strogg universe," he said. "We are at least tossing around the possibilities of going back to the bizarre, mixed up Cthulhu-ish Quake 1 world and rebooting that direction. We think that would be a more interesting direction than doing more Strogg stuff after Quake 4. We certainly have strong factions internally that want to go do this. But we could do something pretty grand like that, that still tweaks the memory right in all of those ways, but is actually cohesive and plays with all of the strengths of the level we're at right now."

Although DOOM put the FPS genre on the map and is still considered as the "grandaddy" FPS today, Quake seemingly transformed PC gaming by popularizing the use of polygons and supporting the emerging GPU sector to create a more realistic, deep virtual space. The game also pioneered online gaming and invited users to be creative, leading to many popular multiplayer modes still in use today like Capture the Flag and Rocket Arena.

Overall the Quake franchise feels somewhat fragmented, with the first installment featuring a palate of browns and creatures inspired by H.P. Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos. Quake 2 actually set out to be a completely new IP, but the studio wasn't able to acquire the rights to the desired title, so the team decided to use the project's nickname, Quake 2, instead. The third installment, Quake III Arena, was multiplayer only and featured the settings of both worlds. The lackluster Quake 4, developed by Raven Software, was a direct sequel to Quake 2.

But the mere mention of the original title brings innovation to mind, and still serves up fond memories even after all these years. "The way I think about some of those things, and I actually get into arguments with my wife about this, who loved the original Quake game, I looked at the original Quake as this random thing, because we really didn't have our act together very well," he said, looking back on the original title and what it brought to the gaming industry. "But because it was so seminal about the 3D world and the internet gaming, it's imprinted on so many people. It made such an impact in so many ways. Memory cuts us a lot of slack."

"People shouldn't worry that we're ever going to orphan or abandon Quake," id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead added. "We are huge fans of the game internally."

Seriously, bring on the Shamblers, the Scrags and all those bizarre, blood-thirsty ghouls we came to love back in 1996. Just don't take 14 years to bring them back. Please.

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    vdaeven , June 22, 2011 2:37 PM
    Bring back Heretic and/or Hexen...
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    iam2thecrowe , June 22, 2011 7:09 AM
    I think rather than rehashing the old, you should make something that is not a doom clone. Something less linear, more open, more interesting. Give us something new. I have not been happy with a quake/doom game since quake III Arena.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2011 7:26 AM
    All my hardware updates are around the ID software games. When I bought Doom 3, I didn't even have a computer. After one year I had finally built one and played the game in one night. Pretty much the only games I played are FPS shooters by ID software. Keep up the good work ID Team! You guys are like rock stars to me. :) 
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    belardo , June 22, 2011 7:38 AM
    I remember Quake... Such realistic water effects you could swim in... Shooting in 3D (up and down), unlike DOOM. Ugly brown levels... great old game.
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    cuecuemore , June 22, 2011 7:44 AM
    Quake reboot would be awesome IMO-- the same "story", (did Quake have one??) with a little more explanation of what's going on. You know, maybe with some people radioing from HQ once in a while.
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    neiroatopelcc , June 22, 2011 9:48 AM
    Maybe it's just me, but I wouldn't mind not seeing a new quake, or doom.
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    Anonymous , June 22, 2011 9:51 AM
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    razzb3d , June 22, 2011 10:04 AM
    I really liked the Quake 2/4 Strogg story. Hope they will build on that.

    iam2thecroweI think rather than rehashing the old, you should make something that is not a doom clone. Something less linear, more open, more interesting. Give us something new. I have not been happy with a quake/doom game since quake III Arena.

    I'm sick of company's trying to come out with something "fresh" and ending up with garbage like C&C4. If it a'int broke', don't fix it.
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    back_by_demand , June 22, 2011 11:24 AM
    Like Duke said
    "I aint afraid of no Quake"
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    spellbinder2050 , June 22, 2011 11:37 AM
    Wow. What about Doom 4? I think id is getting ahead of themselves. I want to hear some more details on Doom 4.
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    amk-aka-Phantom , June 22, 2011 11:51 AM
    Quake 3 was the best ever (Quake 1 and 2 were pretty cool, too). Quake 4 was useless - graphics only slightly better than Call of Duty 1 and sucking much more GPU resources. And the gameplay was useless, IMO.
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    fir_ser , June 22, 2011 12:08 PM
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    macewrox , June 22, 2011 12:16 PM
    I think studios are too focused on the gems of the past. We need to develop new and fresh ideas to create new gems, instead of polishing and re-releasing old ones.
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    backfir3 , June 22, 2011 12:44 PM
    Everything after Quake 2 sucked

    Teamfortress and Action Quake 2

    Best game mods ever
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    t2couger , June 22, 2011 1:58 PM
    Grandaddy what wasn't Wolfenstein out a full year before doom.
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    dark_lord69 , June 22, 2011 2:31 PM
    I loved quake 1...
    It was more gothic and all around evil.

    Part 2 kinda killed it will all of the space invaders

    I want gothic, evil, satanic, zombie monsters! Not some stupid cyborgs from space...

    Also... The original Teamfortress for quake 1 was one of the greatest mods of all time. (Just thought I'd put that out there.)
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    vdaeven , June 22, 2011 2:37 PM
    Bring back Heretic and/or Hexen...
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    Yuka , June 22, 2011 2:44 PM
    I liked Quake4... It had unique gimmicks that were nice at the time, but looked horribad on my X1800; Bad ID for not doing a proper job on ATI XD!

    Anyway, a "back to the roots" Quake is actually a very attractive lure for me; I devoured Quake 1 (never got the 20-ish min full run though, lol) and it was a blast. Spooky also xD

    Come on ID, doing a new Doom title is also a must!

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    spookyman , June 22, 2011 2:46 PM
    We want Half Life 3
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    rebel1280 , June 22, 2011 3:06 PM
    and something no one else has mentioned and that iD should def do -> Have NIN do the soundtrack again, so dark and eerie, i remember taking out the game from my PC and putting in my CD player and listening to it, just plain old epicness
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