Quake Live will continue to get development updates
id: New technology making it harder to create mod tools
Willits said Quake Live associate producer Adam Pyle was spending much of QuakeCon talking to fans about what they want to see for the game. "He's meeting with a bunch of the pro players and asking them 'What new things do you like?' 'What are we doing right and what are we not doing right?' " he said. "Most of the feedback, direction and changes that we do for Quake Live comes from the community. We are always looking at the business side of it, and we are always looking at ways that we can grow it and expand it. It has a nice little niche. If there is a popular mod or a popular way to play the game, or if there are a lot of people asking for something--or a variant of a different game type--then we'll put it in." Speaking of older games, Willits said revisiting Quake Wars or an Enemy Territory-style game has been discussed internally. "The guys at id have always liked the Enemy Territory game style--hardcore, class-based multiplayer," he said. "One of the issues we found with ET and even with Wolfenstein is that if you are an engineer, you're the only guy that can open that door. That worked great for really well-organized teams, but released out into the public, it tends to struggle because most people, even though they are playing a multiplayer game, they kind of want to lone-wolf it. So it's a tricky balance between letting everyone do everything and then letting it be a strategic class-based game. I prefer the class-based games. It's something we would love to do at some point. There are no plans for any ET games either for Wolfenstein or Quake right now, but it's something that is definitely dear in our hearts." Is id planning something new with multiplayer any time soon? "It's difficult to answer that without going into territory we can't talk about," Willits said. "Multiplayer is still very important to us, and Quake Live is still being used. Fans will just have to wait to see what we do." One old-school game that id definitely won't touch again is the Commander Keen franchise. "I can definitely say no to that one," he said. "We don't even talk about it now."