This game has a lot of people looking forward to it. The Quake scene has been a bit dry (multiplayer wise) lately. Quake 3 Arena isn’t quite what it used to be and so now here we have it’s supposed successor. 1up has a very nice article on the subject and while Quake Wars comes after Quake 3, it’s storyline is based before Quake II. Interesting. Tribes did this with Vengeance. Lucas has done this with his Star Wars. A lot of going back and “fixing” things if you ask me. But whatever. The article doesn’t really delve into much about the game so much as the technical aspects of making the game look the way it does. It’s still a good read though and offers a lot of insight into how they used the Doom 3 engine and what kind of things they have to go through to get textures and lighting to look a certain way.

RJ: The other QUAKE universe games were a big influence, and we were very aware that DOOM 3 had raised the bar for FPS visuals, but we really didn’t get a great deal of inspiration from other games. We were after a look and feel we hadn’t seen in a game before, so we tended to go with real-world photo reference rather than other people’s concept art or game models. For the environments we drew heavily on photos of Chernobyl and the Iraq wars. We wanted to get a balance between a dilapidated, deserted environment that’s fallen into disrepair, and one that’s war-torn and battle-damaged.

I’m definitely looking forward to this game. I miss the huge sci-fi player battles that were in the Tribes series. WWII is fun and all but sometimes you really just want a plasma gun, and I don’t think BF2 has any of those. Quake Wars looks really pretty and I’m almost afraid of what kind of specs will be needed to run the game at its prettiest. Needed an excuse to upgrade that video card anyways.


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2 Responses to “Quake Wars!”

  1. George Says:

    Wow, you managed to write an entire post about Quake games while seeming to be totally unaware of the existence of Quake 4. Not a comment on you, but more on just how forgettable that game was …

  2. Matt Says:

    Well I’ll be. You’re absolutely right. The sad part is that I bought Quake 4, I played it, I beat it. And then I completely forgot it. I just focused so much on Q3:A in the article because it was hugely popular multiplayer wise and I’ve heard nothing of Quake 4 in that regard. That does say a lot about the game.

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