Carmack: id mulling Quake reboot


— 9:47 AM on June 17, 2011

After Rage and Doom 4, could we see a Quake series reboot from id Software? Believe it or not, Eurogamer got word straight from id co-founder John Carmack that there are "strong factions" inside the famous game development studio pushing for a return 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. . . . 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.

Now, Carmack made it pretty clear that this idea is just that—an idea. id Software hasn't actually started production on anything like it, and I'm guessing whether or not that eventually happens is still up in the air.

A modern reboot of Quake with all the trimmings visually and story-wise would be quite something, and I'm sure many gamers would enjoy the snazzed-up trip down memory lane. As Carmack points out in his interview with Eurogamer, Quake might not have been the most cohesive or well-structured game, but it left a very strong impression on a lot of folks, especially because of its multiplayer component. It's hard to picture what a reworked Quake would look like with Rage-level graphics, though.

   
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