Quake Live gets standalone client

The free-to-play arena shooter no longer supports Linux and Mac.

Bethesda today announced that Quake Live is getting a standalone client. Rather than playing the game through their web-browsers, players will now have to download and install a standalone client, which they will use to launch the game.

Certain functions will remain available on quakelive.com, allowing players to manage account settings, view profiles, manage clans, and even launch Pro matches, but all players will need to download the standalone client. Third-party standalone clients are no longer compatible with Quake Live following this transition.

Sadly, switching to a standalone client also means that players with Linux and Mac operating systems will no longer be able to run the game. Bethesda says that testers have managed to make Quake Live work through emulation or visualization software, but that it's unable to support native Mac and Linux versions.

Players who subscribe to Premium Pro Quake Live but don't meet the operating system requirement should contact Customer support via the Support Link or support@quakelive.com.

Quake Live, which launched in 2010, is essentially a port of the 1999 PC Game Quake III Arena. It's ability to run on most web-browsers was a big selling point at the time.

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Emanuel Maiberg is a freelance writer in search of the Citizen Kane of burritos.

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naryanrobinson
naryanrobinson

I think they'll probably work on making a version for the other two platforms though, given id's history with Linux.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

This seems like a mistake. Not a huge one, and maybe I'm not seeing the whole picture.

quakke
quakke

I would like to come and say that this is old news. You are late Gamespot.


Damn Zenimax won't bring this game to Steam. Having Quake Live on Steam would rocket the amount of players to skyhigh because Steam is The Place for PC gamers. I remember reading that even though John Carmack tried to convince Zenimax to put Quake Live on Steam, they declined.

flickds
flickds

Yeah Quake 3 arena released in 2000. I remember it was released shortly before I purchased a pc powerful enough to play it before I moved off to college.

91210user
91210user

I like the idea that's it's free and there a client to go with it. At least it beats those South Korean MMOs by miles. It's much more nicer to have the website with all those stats aswell. I think it went Browser based from the start because it wanted that audience to begin with.

CreMax90
CreMax90

They should've brought this to steam years ago, benefits everyone imo.

MetalDragon199
MetalDragon199

makes sense carmack said that he regretted using a web client due to frequent updates that web browsers get that screw up the web client and they have to go and find a workaround

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

Nobody descends himself and do a favor for gamers these days. 

PS4Lives
PS4Lives

Bethesda didn't make id and no need to approve that.

DeadManRollin
DeadManRollin

I guess this will soon be ported to IoS and Android, and having a stand alone client is the first step towards that. 

Jah_Glow
Jah_Glow

"It's ability to run on most web-browsers was a big selling point at the time."

Its* sorry, even lethargic I picked that one up. :)

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

It was released in 1999 you morons, same year as the original Unreal Tournament. Also, what the hell happened to the blood and gore?

Quarkzquarkz
Quarkzquarkz

That comment is incorrect. " is essentially a port of the 1996 PC Game Quake III Arena." Quake III Arena was released in 1999. And Quake 1 was released in 1996. So the other question would be, is Quake Live a port of Quake 1 or Quake 3 Arena? Thanks~

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

Wonder whether they can make a reboot without ruining it.Miss all those fun arena shooters with crazy weapons.

C-THREE
C-THREE

when I first built my computer and had Linux as my os, quake live  this was the first game I played on it. I wonder why they decided to go this route?

MrYaotubo
MrYaotubo

Quake 3 is a 1999 game,not 1996,that´s the original...

Kunasha
Kunasha

"Let's respond to Steam Machines by taking our only games already on that platform away from the platform. That way we're sure to get more users over the coming months."


Bethesda, you're a bunch of bloody morons. Get a grip.

Raditz5
Raditz5

They took all the blood out of the game. Just play the original imo.

Tiwill44
Tiwill44

That's an odd decision. Why make a standalone client if it means losing players?

hystavito
hystavito

I've never even heard of this, or maybe I just forgot, not really my thing.  Too bad about losing support for the other OS's.

OllieBrown
OllieBrown

"players with Linux and Mac operating systems will no longer be able to run the game"

Thanks Bethesda!  You sure know how to treat John Carmack's legacy!  I imagine he would be rolling in his grave if he weren't still alive and kicking and trying to bring us great VR game experiences ... including on MAC AND LINUX!!!

"testers have managed to make Quake Live work through emulation or visualization software"

I'm pretty sure you mean 'virtualization' not 'visualization'.

DepressiveMan
DepressiveMan

The standalone client came out like a month ago, not sure how that's news now.

Ranma_X_basic
Ranma_X_basic

Wow. i need to start playing this game again. it's been quite a long time since i last logged on and played lol.

galacticturd4
galacticturd4

I'm going to install a celebratory 3.5 floppy drive

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

...why are they going backwards?  There has to be some benefit to making the change, otherwise it doesn't make any sense.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@UnrealPro

Quake Live? Dude, it was released in 2010. Quake Live is not Quake 3 Arena.

Ah, wait, I see what you mean. Emanuel here sais Quake 3 was released in 1996.

dethtrain
dethtrain

@gamefreak215jd I think they can. The biggest thing with these games were the ability to mod them. Players coding new game modes, map makers being able to make new maps, having dedicated servers and LAN parties are what makes these games flourish. If you put this kind of game in the hands of a big publisher say good bye to all of that and hello to NO dedicated servers, no mod tools, and nickle-and-dime DLC map and weapon skin packs.


You know, the stuff that used to be free in the past.

dethtrain
dethtrain

@gamefreak215jd I think they can. The biggest thing with these games were the ability to mod them. Players coding new game modes, map makers being able to make new maps, having dedicated servers and LAN parties are what makes these games flourish. If you put this kind of game in the hands of a big publisher say good bye to all of that and hello to NO dedicated servers, no mod tools, and nickle-and-dime DLC map and weapon skin packs.


You know, the stuff that used to be free in the past.

fatee
fatee moderator moderator

@C-THREE I remember running this on an AMD K-2 ... 500mhz baby! It was a beast back in the day.

Ahhh and the good old trackball mouse. By good, I mean crappy. 

Aekom
Aekom

@C-THREE

From what I read a while back, I think it's because the browser version had limitations for development that the standalone client won't have.

xsonicchaos
xsonicchaos

@Tiwill44 

Laziness. Leaving it as it is means every day support. As the article pointed out, after each browser update, the devs have to find out if the game is messed up and fix it accordingly. In a stand-alone client, there's no need fo that many updates. The logical move would be to make a browser type of client that supports all kind of operating systems.

ahpuck
ahpuck

@meatz666Look, a typo! time to slam gamespot!! You childish fool. 

allever
allever

@meatz666 GameSpot replies, "Don't hate me because I'm beautiful."

fatee
fatee moderator moderator

@galacticturd4 Get with the times. 

All the cool kids use zip drives now.

UnrealPro
UnrealPro

@xsonicchaos The original Quake was released in 1996. Quake 3 ARENA was released in 1999. Quake Live (browser version) was released in 2010. Man, I'd make a better editor than a majority of these guys, especially Eddie. He's even younger than I am!

hystavito
hystavito

@sakaixx@hystavitoI've heard of Quake :), I remember when it came out, I'm pretty old.  I meant I had never heard of this (formerly now) browser based "live" version.