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No Doom 4 at QuakeCon 2010

Those of you hoping for details on id Software's Doom 4 project from this year's QuakeCon 2010, myself included, are going to be waiting a bit longer. Unfortunately, Doom 4 will not be shown at this year's event even though the company promised to show off the game last year.

The bad news came as Todd Hollenshead welcomed everybody to the event prior to John Carmack's keynote address. Hollenshead quickly apologized, explaining that the company wants to put more work into the Doom 4 project before it is revealed. Read more »

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Zenimax Acquires Arkane Studios

ZeniMax Media has added another feather to its cap with the purchase of veteran independent game developer, Arkane Studios.

Best known for developing Arx Fatalis and the PC version of Dark Messiah of Might and Magic (and some involvement with Bioshock 2's development), Arkane Studios is the latest developer to join the Zenimax family alongside respected developers Bethesda Softworks and id Software. Read more »

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QuakeCon 2010 Announced

id Software's annual celebration of fragging, friendship and sharing pornography, QuakeCon, will return to the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas this year from August 12 to 15, id's fellow ZeniMax Media subsidiary Bethesda Softworks has announced.

The free event will once again host developer talks, tournaments and a giant 'Bring Your Own Computer' LAN. Further details are due "in the coming weeks" though CEO Todd Hollenshead promised last year that id would reveal more of Doom 4 at QCon 2010. Read more »

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Quake Live Celebrates One Year Anniversary Fourteen Years After Original QTest

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It was only a year ago that Quake Live, id Software's free-to-play, browser-based re-creation of Quake III Arena, was unleashed upon the Internet in the form of an open beta test. For the festivities, Quake Live will be running a "Year One Event" through March 9th. Gamers that play during the next two weeks will receive a special "Year One" emblem on his or her profile. A new map was also uploaded to celebrate.

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John Carmack Wins GDC Lifetime Achievement Award

id Software co-founder, technical wizard and rocket man John Carmack has been named winner of this year's Game Developers Choice Awards Lifetime Achievement Award "for his contributions to the art and science of games."

"It's no exaggeration to say that John Carmack and id Software have had a monumental influence on all modern 3D games, but especially the first-person shooter genre," said GDC event director Meggan Scavio. "John is one of the key figures in the history of video games, and we're delighted to be giving him the Lifetime Achievement award this year." Read more »

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Doom 2 RPG Brings Hell to iPhone

id Software has released Doom II RPG--sequel to the 2005 mobile turn-based shooter RPG Doom RPG--for iPhone, available in a 46.4MB download from iTunes for $3.99.

The masters of Doom have released a flurry of titles for Apple's popular portable pocket-fillers, from straight ports of old favourites with Wolfenstein 3D and Doom Classic to new titles in vintage properties such as Wolfenstein RPG and Doom Resurrection. Read more »

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'Don't Copy That Floppy' Sequel Warns of Piracy; Includes id Software Cameo, Klingons

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In an effort to educate "a new generation of would-be pirates," the Software & Information Industry Association (previously the Software Publishers Association) has released a modern sequel to its classic 1992 anti-piracy music video, "Don't Copy That Floppy."

As "MC Double Def DP" raps "turn your talent and your passion into a career" at the 3:25 mark, the video provides a quick look at some models from id's shooter RAGE, an appearance from id CEO and outspoken anti-piracy advocate Todd Hollenshead, and a glimpse of the monsters that lurk behind desks at the studio known for DOOM. Read more »

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Interview: id's CEO Talks Rage, Doom 4, Quake Live Subscriptions and Mysterious Women

All things considered, the interview was progressing normally. id CEO Todd Hollenshead and I were sitting across from each other in the QuakeCon Press Lounge. I had just asked when id's next game, Rage, was coming out. I didn't expect a straight answer.

Nor did I get one, but that's beyond the point. Because, as Todd was explaining why id is so reluctant to provide a date--"we don't work to a time, we work to a quality level"--fate intervened in the form of an extremely inquisitive mystery woman. She wanted to know what kind of press would cover video games. And if we were from Game Informer. Read more »

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Doom 2 Coming to Xbox Live Arcade

An Xbox Live Arcade version of id software's 1994 shooter Doom II: Hell on Earth is being shown on the floor at QuakeCon, expected to be officially announced later today.

A whole new episode will be included, along with all of Doom 2's original content. Four-player split-screen multiplayer will be available in addition to online play. Read more »

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Wolfenstein RPG Arrives on iPhone

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Vintage properties continue to flood onto the iPhone and iPod Touch, with today's release of EA Mobile and id's turn-based shooter Wolfenstein RPG marking the latest.

Priced at $4.99, the 33MB download boasts eight hours of play with nine levels, sixteen weapons, turn-based combat, cut scenes, hidden treasure to hunt, and chickens to kick. Read more »

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Interview: John Carmack and Tom Mustaine on Doom, iPhone Desires, and the Future of id Mobile

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If John Carmack is id Software's mad scientist, then Doom: Resurrection is his latest experiment. Developed largely by id/Ritual veteran Tom Mustaine and his team at Escalation Studios, Resurrection is a rail shooter take on Doom 3, priced at the premium rate of $10.

With the launch of the game today, I sat down with Carmack and Mustaine to talk about the risky project. Also covered are Carmack's criticism of the iPhone's current shortcomings, his take on how the ZeniMax acquisition will affect his time to develop pet projects, and what's coming next from id Mobile. Read more »

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Carmack: id Bringing Three Quakes to iPhone

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id Software's John Carmack today confirmed to Shacknews that the company plans to bring three of its Quake titles to the iPhone platform--though Carmack himself may not be heavily involved in the projects.

"We will be trying to put some other developers on the future classic titles," said Carmack. "I don't think I'm going to be doing all of the work on Quake, Quake 2 and Quake Arena on there." Read more »

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Doom: Resurrection Hits the iPhone Today for $10

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Update: As expected, Doom: Resurrection is now available through iTunes.

Original: Shacknews has learned that after a minor delay, id Software and Escalation Studios' iPhone shooter Doom: Resurrection will hit the iTunes App Store today.

The technically-impressive game, controlled by way of accelerometer motion, has been priced at $10. While the game offers only a singleplayer campaign at launch, Bluetooth-enabled multiplayer and downloadable content are planned for future updates. Read more »

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id's John Carmack Explains ZeniMax Acquisition, Discusses Future Plans

Following the surprising news that Bethesda parent company ZeniMax had acquired legendary developer id, the studio has issued a lengthy statement explaining the reasons behind the acquisition and shed some light on its plans for growth.

"We will add a third major development team," id co-founder John Carmack told VentureBeat, noting that the Doom and Rage developer "already had a plan in place." Read more »

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Industry Responds to id Software Acquisition; Co-founder Romero Labels Deal 'Disgusting'

Update: id co-founder John Romero has apologized for his admittedly "harsh" reaction, noting that he is actually "positive about the Zenimax deal."

"i guess i was shocked and sad to see the id Software of old changed forever today," Romero explained in a later Twitter update. "it's a new day and a new id."

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