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Quake Live Open Beta Ends, Three Plans Emerge

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.