by Brett "MystikaL" Guarnieri
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Updates: I have noticed from a few people that the release dates I had mentioned for Quake and Quake 2 were wrong. Quake 2 according to a few people came out around December of 1997. I am still uncertain about Quake.
Now that the third addition to the Quake series has been released, where will id software go next? I am sure that Roman Numerals on id's Quake logo will looked fux0red, so what will they do? Since id software hasn't really made a new full 4th addition to a series before (at least, not one with the number 4 in it), were unsure about where this is going. Though I am sure there will be corporate add-ons for Quake 3 developed by id software, the sound of purchasing map packs or map/model packs sounds kind of odd when you can just download maps for free off the net. I foresee a different perspective, which includes heavy mod support, along with the developers of quake helping high quality mods, similar to counterstrike for Half-Life. I am also hoping to see something like Windows Update, quake style. The ability to just check off what mods, maps, or other kinds of Quake files, and have the program/website download and install them would be very nice and useful. It would have a chance to get the developers known, more maps circulating, something even FilePlanet cannot do.
Quake has always been a popular game, along with all the other id software creations (which include Doom series and the Wolfenstein series). Quake 3 has grown Quake's popularity extremely much as it takes a different turn into the multiplayer aspect. The future of Quake doesn't seem to be in another game to the series, but in add-ons by the public. I am sure id software has something up their sleeves, maybe even another add-on to the doom series, only more advanced, a new improved story-line, great multiplayer support, and more. Only the future will tell what is in store for the series, but I can tell you this. We all want another Quake game, you know it too, but id software hasn't EVER added a 4th full game to a series. We will see where they go. For now though, kick back and play Quake 3.
Quake is still played, along with Quake 2. Though there are still actually a huge number of people playing it, more than you think and with the newly released source code, modifications to the engine and game are coming out, taking the playability even further. The Quake series has lasted over 6 years and will continue to be played. As quake 2 seems to get more popular even though Quake 3 is out, it is still being played a lot. The game has been out for 4 years and is still popular and will continue to be. How long will Quake 3 last? Quake 3 will last a long long time. I will be out of college and it will still continue to be played hugely.