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''Capture the Flag'' Pioneer Closes Doors

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Initial reports said that Threewave Software had closed its doors.

Over the weekend, there were reports that the pioneer of Capture the Flag--Threewave Software--had closed its doors. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Threewave began as a simple Quake mod group helmed by Michael Goodhead, and helped David "Zoid" Kirsch fine-tune and expand his Capture the Flag multiplayer gameplay mod (via the popular Threewave CTF) while he moved on to work for id Software. Now Capture the Flag is an industry standard multiplayer mod for most FPS-based games.

Over the next ten years, Threewave worked with various publishers including Activision, EA, Valve Software, and LucasArts.  Recent projects included the multiplayer portion of Ghostbusters and Army of Two. But now it looks as if the contract well has run dray, as according this Twitter post, the studio closed due to no new contracts. Gamesatura contacted Threewave to get the full scoop, and discovered there's some truth to the matter.

Apparently Threewave is entering a "reorganization phase," and has let some of the company's staff go. "We are trying [to] move forward in a manner that reflects today's reality," said Threewave CEO Dan Irish in an email to Gamesatua. The studio originally began attempts to beef up its staff to work on Xbox Live Arcade games and larger, in-house properties. However, according to Gamesatura, these projects never "came to fruition."

So what's to become of the CTF pioneer? That remains to be seen, and we're waiting on more news of the studio's health. Until then, fans of Threewave CTF should re-install id Software's Quake and throw in the CTF mod, and frag away as a tribute. You might need to find the CTF bots mod though.... we're not too sure if any Quake servers are still up and running somewhere.

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    windywoo , December 7, 2009 8:00 PM
    hellwig I think you misunderstand. No-one contracted them to make a Capture the Flag mod, they did it for free. There was no such game mode until they came up with the idea, and because the idea was so good, and one of the guys who made it was also a good programmer, he got employed by id. Seems some of them went on to make their own company too.
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    figgie , December 7, 2009 8:28 PM
    hellwig

    back in the quake days. There was NO team DM. No CTF or any of mods per say. It was either death match or Co-OP. CTF was added later and with that came the grappling hook. yes, I was playing Quake online via dial-up back then ;) 
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    windywoo , December 7, 2009 8:00 PM
    hellwig I think you misunderstand. No-one contracted them to make a Capture the Flag mod, they did it for free. There was no such game mode until they came up with the idea, and because the idea was so good, and one of the guys who made it was also a good programmer, he got employed by id. Seems some of them went on to make their own company too.
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    figgie , December 7, 2009 8:28 PM
    hellwig

    back in the quake days. There was NO team DM. No CTF or any of mods per say. It was either death match or Co-OP. CTF was added later and with that came the grappling hook. yes, I was playing Quake online via dial-up back then ;) 
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    woodlake , December 7, 2009 8:55 PM
    "we're not too sure if any Quake servers are still up and running somewhere."

    http://www.acmectf.com

    Quake 2 CTF community that is still alive and kicking!!!
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    jhansonxi , December 7, 2009 8:55 PM
    Surprisingly Quake lives on since the source code was released (most notably the DarkPlaces engine). I'll have to dig through my archives and tryout Threewave CTF and see how it compared to Team Fortress.
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    dark_lord69 , December 7, 2009 9:05 PM
    figgiehellwigback in the quake days. There was NO team DM. No CTF or any of mods per say. It was either death match or Co-OP. CTF was added later and with that came the grappling hook. yes, I was playing Quake online via dial-up back then


    Yeah, me too! I remember staying up all night playing Quake CTF using the grappling hook (I almost forgot about that). I loved it cause I was good at it! I really loved that game so much I wish it was still alive.
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    rodney_ws , December 7, 2009 9:21 PM
    figgiehellwigback in the quake days. There was NO team DM. No CTF or any of mods per say. It was either death match or Co-OP. CTF was added later and with that came the grappling hook. yes, I was playing Quake online via dial-up back then


    Ahh... the dreaded grappling hook in Quake 1! I REMEMBER THAT! That was a crazy online experience.
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    eddieroolz , December 7, 2009 10:24 PM
    It's a sad day for gaming in my region...EA Burnaby's capacity is also being reduced this year, I believe. I'd still love to see some game studios open up around here.
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2009 12:42 AM
    wow... sad to hear this.... "SPOOOON!!!"
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    Anonymous , December 8, 2009 7:26 AM
    id resurrected Quake 3 recently at http://www.quakelive.com/

    on that note, Tribes 2 was also somewhat resurrected as well at http://www.tribesnext.com/
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    aeurix , December 8, 2009 10:47 AM
    Threewave, you've brought me many good memories.. R.I.P.

    Anyone ever play the Quake CTF runes mod? Would be interesting to see what quakeworld would run like now that I'm not a HPB (back when my 200-400 ping was acceptable :) 
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    lunyone , December 8, 2009 11:16 AM
    Grappling Hook!!! Loved that option when it came out! I remember playing waaayyy too much with Quake, but that was because of the good game play and not really any hacked up bots or players. Pretty even gaming back then (as far as I can remember)!!!
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    extremepcs , December 8, 2009 2:21 PM
    Quake II CTF was the bomb back in the day. I used to play it all the time!
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    smokinu , December 8, 2009 2:54 PM
    But now it looks as if the contract well has run dray, as according this Twitter post, the studio closed due to no new contracts.

    dray should be dry
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    neiroatopelcc , December 9, 2009 12:13 PM
    extremepcsQuake II CTF was the bomb back in the day. I used to play it all the time!

    The chicken mode was much cooler!