Quake Arena Arcade frags XBLA December 15

Downloadable Xbox 360 take on id Software's FPS set for release next week with new single-player campaign, a dozen exclusive maps.

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In September of 2006, id Software's seminal first-person shooter Doom was announced for Xbox Live Arcade, appearing on the Xbox 360 downloadable storefront that same day. The following August, id Software used its QuakeCon 07 keynote address to announce that another of its major FPS franchises would be hitting XBLA in the form of Quake Arena Arcade. Unfortunately, the wait for that title has been considerably longer.

It has been more than three years since Quake Arena Arcade was first announced.

The wait is nearly over, as id Software sister company Bethesda Softworks today announced a December 15 debut for the game on Xbox Live Arcade. In addition to a new single-player campaign, the game will feature 16-player online matches and six play modes, including Deathmatch, Capture the Flag, and Harvester. Quake Arena Arcade will also come with 30 previously released maps, and 12 new arenas exclusive to the Xbox 360 version.

Quake III: Arena debuted to critical praise on the PC in December 1999 and was ported to the Mac and Dreamcast the following year. It was also adapted for the PlayStation 2 in 2001 with Quake III: Revolution--which lacked online play--and most recently served as the inspiration for the free-to-play, browser-based Quake Live, which exited its beta-testing period earlier this year.

Discussion

39 comments
campbell153
campbell153

Aaahhh... good old fashion non camping fps!

FonikhSoupia
FonikhSoupia

Finaly!! Can't wait to play this on the 360! I've spent countless of hours on my PC many years ago! I really want to see how "contemporary" FPS fanboys receive this!

Hydrolix
Hydrolix

12 years later I seriously doubt I have the reflexes for this game any more!

Contelis
Contelis

and it comes to psn next week...right? right?...T_T

AgentRebecca
AgentRebecca

*flashbacks to when i played Quake III long long ago* ahhh...good times

buft
buft

is it a straight port or a HD remake?

lock445
lock445

This looks REALLY fun.

d6l7
d6l7

AT LAST......XMAS starts Dec 15th!!!!!!!!

naztwelve
naztwelve

OMG ive been waiting ages for this.

IceJester45
IceJester45

@chikahiro94, Hey, thanks for the info. It's been a good news day!

paperwarior17
paperwarior17

XBLA being fragged doesn't sound like a good thing. These headlines...

Flint247
Flint247

Man, I remember playing this all the time years ago. I even attempted to make maps! :D Great game.

maximumbarmage
maximumbarmage

Can't help but feel this is a little redundant at this point. With XBLA prices and there being far cheaper alternatives to experience Quake if you really have to, I can't help but feel ID should have invested their time elsewhere. I mean, three years for a port of Quake? Their heart can't have been in this one too much.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@chikahiro94 IDK, Last time I checked Quake II there was only 4 servers and maybe 30-40 people total playing, that could have changed IDK. When I quit Quake III my Laptop died but there was still tons of servers running and a ton of activity but that was 4 years ago, Vista and Windows 7 came out since them, those OS's could have issues with Quake II again IDK because I still run XP because my PC is out of date.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@aGiantSquirrel Funny... Sega.Net used to cost me $15/month. You must've come in later on when it was dying out. That being said, pay-to-play has been around much longer than play-for-"free." Even on PC gaming, the FPS games people played for "free" were because some other player was went out and spent a load of money to make a server and to host games. Some of the really old stuff used to cost by the minute (urk - bad old days) plus long distance charges. Now, I wouldn't mind seeing basic online for Live Silver in the least, but even Sony's realized that online needs to pay for itself. That's why they've added all those premium services for PSN. Could be worse - I'll take the worst of PSN and Live over what the Wii offers right now! I really do wish Nintendo would get their act together when it comes to online :(

Auction_Sniper
Auction_Sniper

Loved Quake back in the day, hopefully Epic might follow the lead and re-release Unreal Tournament for the current consoles.

TheArcade
TheArcade

lonewolf604 & Sato2099 Leave us with some exclusives damn you guys are getting Uncharted 3 and your complaining???

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@IceJester45 http://www.quakelive.com/#!premium Just checked. Looks like they went freemium (aka, "if free is good then cheap is better"). So, its free, cheap and still pretty cheap. Its a nice setup and paying eliminates the ads.

aGiantSquirrel
aGiantSquirrel

I would prefer this one to hit PSN because Im burnt out on paying Xbox Live fees. PSN does basically the same thing...play games online, and thats good enough for me. I dont care about the Zunes, facebook, ESPN or whatever, Im a simple guy who prefers to game online without paying an additional fee on top of what I pay for interenet. Its not that Live is too expensive, rather its the Principle of having to pay it that bothers me. I used to play Quake 3 arena on Seganet for hours on end. The beautiful thing was, I didnt pay a cent back then to play online, and I dont want to now. Ill wait for this to hit PS3 or PC, if that doesnt happen, then Ill just stick with unreal tournament.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

Wait, everyone keeps going on about the web browser Quake 3, are the servers still up for standard Quake III Arena??

IceJester45
IceJester45

@chikahiro94, I'm not sure. I hope there are no plans for subscriptions. I'd rather save my money and keep playing Quake in my Web browser for free.

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

@IceJester45 Quake Live is payment optional, isn't it? Pay and get some perks? I remember them saying that advertising only wasn't paying the bills... @shafe-man Hopefully this does well enough that they think a PS3 version would be worth the time and money invested. I think they're testing the waters, so to speak. I'll likely get a copy of this (assuming it can do four-player splitscreen) in hopes that the success of the XBLA version will eventually lead to a PS3 one.

IceJester45
IceJester45

I play this for free with Quake Live on PC. If they start charging for Quake Live, the XBLA release might be worth it for me. Tough to give up keyboard/mouse, though.

shafe-man
shafe-man

The original game was great... too bad I don't have an XBOX. I actually envy 360 gamers for getting this more than having Mass Effect 1. Go figure.

AnakinSW
AnakinSW

Well I was horrible enough with this game over the years with a mouse... I can't be any worse with a controller. Sign me up!

KillerJuan77
KillerJuan77

Oh. My. God. *goes for 12 months of Xbox Live and a Wireless Adaptor*

chikahiro94
chikahiro94

If this had console/PC play like the DC version that'd be perfect... oh well. @lilboicookie Considering it was originally a PC game, it was probably significantly easier to bring it to the 360 than the PS3 (ie, less time, less resources, less cost to them). They might (hopefully) see good enough sales on this to believe a PS3/PSN version would sell decently - that version would need more time and money to do and thus need to sell more to make it worthwhile for them to do. Business, nothing more. That's why so few companies are doing exclusives anymore (and I think we're better off for it). *starts hoping that Epic releases the old Unreal and Unreal Tournament games on consoles again*

RawDeal_basic
RawDeal_basic

Hopefully people will stop playing CoD for 5 minutes and give this classic a try.

PewPewNinja
PewPewNinja

Good, a Fun to play Game that's quite rare now.

lilboicookie
lilboicookie

dam.....everyone hates $ony now ....there just obsessed with micro$oft

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

If it comes out for PSN I'll check it out if not I'm out. It's not biggie really, 4 years ago I had a laptop that I was able to run Quake III Arena with mods, custom skins [I ran as an Imperial Stormtrooper] and custom weapon skins.....good times :)

Sato2099
Sato2099

Love to see this on PS3! Still good deal on Xbox360.