QuakeCon 07: id's catalog full Steam ahead

Publisher reveals during QuakeCon keynote that entire library up through Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil is available on Valve's downloadable game service.

Aside from offering a portal for the developer's massively successful shooter series Half-Life, Valve's downloadable-game service Steam has acquired a reputation for instilling new life into aging game franchises. Beginning with Majesco in September, several major publishers including Activision and 2K Games signed deals with the Bellevue, Washington-based game company to digitally distribute games from their back catalogs over Steam.

That trend went international in March this year when UK-based publisher Eidos announced it too would follow suit, striking a deal to deliver several of its Hitman and Tomb Raider games, among others, to the service. The games of many smaller developers have also found new life on Steam, not the least of which being Telltale Games' popular adventure series Sam & Max.

Now another major player in the gaming industry has signed onboard Valve's service. During a keynote address at QuakeCon today, id CEO Todd Hollenshead revealed that his company's lineup of games through Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil would be available on Steam as of today, and will be compatible with all Windows operating systems, including Vista.

Beginning with id's first game, Commander Keen, the games slated to appear include other notables from the Doom, Quake, and Wolfenstein series. While the games can be purchased individually, a bundle package containing id's entire lineup on Steam is also available for $70. As a limited-time promotional offer, all purchases will be discounted by 10 percent.

While it may seem odd that id would partner with a competing studio, the developer has made similar moves in the past. In 1998, id announced it would be lending its Quake 2 engine to rival 3D Realms for use in Duke Nukem Forever.

A complete list of available games is listed below.

Commander Keen, Episodes 1 through 5
Wolfenstein 3D
Spear of Destiny
Return to Castle Wolfenstein
Ultimate DOOM
DOOM II
Master Levels for DOOM II
Final DOOM
DOOM3
DOOM3: Resurrection of Evil
QUAKE
QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon
QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity
QUAKE II
QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning
QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero
QUAKE III Arena
QUAKE III: Team Arena
Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders
HeXen
HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel
HeXen II

Bundles
DOOM 3 Pack: Includes DOOM 3 and DOOM 3: Resurrection of Evil
QUAKE III Pack: Includes QUAKE III Arena and QUAKE III: Team Arena
Wolf Pack: Includes Wolf 3D, Spear of Destiny and Return to Castle Wolfenstein
DOOM Pack Complete: Includes all DOOM games released by id
QUAKE Pack: Includes all 8 QUAKE Titles available on Steam
Heretic\HeXen Pack: Includes Heretic: Shadow of the Serpent Riders, HeXen, HeXen: Deathkings of the Dark Citadel, HeXen II
id Super Pack: Every id game on Steam

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68 comments
PsychoLord13
PsychoLord13

Amazing Bundle. $70 for so many games is even worth it if you already own some. If getting versions of Quake, Doom, and Hexen that run on modern computers wasn't enough, this package basically breathed new life into the Multiplayer, specifically Quake III, as in you can actually find a Team Arena Server now. Get the Super Pack if you haven't already.

Zkeptik
Zkeptik

I wonder if all the mods and TC's will work?

DJ_Steady
DJ_Steady

I can't believe this, what a great product Steam is. It makes it so much better to have them through one program & it also makes you buy the game as well (Most likely with a discount) so more money can go back into developing new games. 3 cheers for Steam and now all ID's games

ZeroGravX
ZeroGravX

Man Steam has been amazing since day one and it just keeps getting better. I purchased the whole ID Pack and am currently walking down memory lane playing Commander Keen. I love it!

99problems
99problems

i just recently lost all of my stuff for doom 3 when i suddenly had an urge to play it . guess now i have an easier way to buy it again .

VikBlakon
VikBlakon

The legendary id software arrives at steam,joy for all gamers!!!!!!!

Doonage
Doonage

Fantastic. This would have to happen the very day my hard drive committed suicide. Well, time to start saving money for a new comp... Quaaaaaaake!

makemeweak
makemeweak

Great news - I'm looking forward to Commander Keen again!

SCPsyWarrior
SCPsyWarrior

Steam has a good selection of games available now. It also means no finding CDs and stuff every time I want to play something. If I have a choice between buying physical disks and buying from steam, steam tends to win... VALVe have really hit their target now. It's about time the larger developers started self-publishing, and steam is a good step towards that (although in some ways Valve is now a publisher as well... my head hurts...).

tomgowen
tomgowen

iowasevenk: Technically, quake 4 is not an Id game. It was made by Raven.

sangoanuta
sangoanuta

Word up for Sierra titles on STEAM! I wanna play Rage of Mages! Well, what about EA? That EA Link is pretty clumsy.

iowasevenk
iowasevenk

I think the total id deal is a great bargin. The problem is that Quake 4 is missing. And how awesum would it be if valve added wolfenstein enemy terratories free to every steam account? I think that would see sheetloads of use. And maybe one day wel see quakewars on our steam lists too...

mikemetroid5565
mikemetroid5565

60 bucks for the WHOLE collection. i wish i had money

StevenHawking
StevenHawking

lol I bought the entire pack yesterday, I had one problem with hexen and doom and the other oldies, dosbox was messing up, but after a restart of the ol' compy they worked fine. Great collection (even if I already had one or two of the titles).

Paceydre
Paceydre

Wow, this is a very nice surprise. Time to shop :D

Vod_Crack
Vod_Crack

I bought Quake for $10 of Steam. Absolutely incredible... The guy complaining about Quake being too expensive is wrong...

knux15
knux15

I'm guessing Quake 4 will come next year and there will be a sale on that one when it comes too, there are probably some licensing issues as of yet and I know that for the new games they have to set-it-up with Valve on how to release any continuing path efforts. They may wait till next year when they don't have to support it and then release it. Then again they WANT you to buy the super pack but also want you to buy Quake 4 in the future so maybe they will wait a month and shoot it out the door to at $40, to blind-side everyone. Ultimately this was coming down to id's last option since they stated they had "lost" (misplaced) so much money from piracy... Steam is probably one of the most user-friendly interfaces, even for some higher dial-up users and it has only occasionally done something wrong which a quick call up to tech fixed within 24 hours... Not to sound like a fanboy but I would suggest to buy all games on Steam from now on, or hopefully wait a little for them to come out on Steam. Also I know some were turned off because of EA's crappy system that stated it was like Steam but, please look at Steam for itself... It is nothing like the MyEA crap and never will be. Though Valve and id have gotten greedy along with others (Blizzard) in the past years their games are still not suffering from it... Yet

syx
syx

I just bought the id super pack, because I'm a badass like that. Steam is neat.

Jer_Stryker
Jer_Stryker

I hope Sierra is next to do this. Imagine getting all the old "Quest" games on Steam for $75 or something.

Joshua250
Joshua250

That's an excellent deal, all of id Software's classics in one place for about the price of a next gen game. That is easily one of the greatest deals ever known to man...

rajh20
rajh20

yaah. it is a welcome news from iddddddddddddddddddd.

sangoanuta
sangoanuta

I still want to activate my Quake IV key on STEAM. Hope they implement that.

kragore
kragore

why do ppl hate steam so much? it does what its meanna do and more? wots wrong with that? oh and yay for the steamed games

QualityJeverage
QualityJeverage

Commander Keen fully optimized for Windows? Yes. HELL Yes.

mismajor99
mismajor99

STEAM is the best service in gaming hands down, another great edition

sciss0rz
sciss0rz

I got the super pack a couple hours after it came out. They run pretty well since it uses DOSBox. For the complaints on the prices, yes they're pretty high for old, but great, games. I think the idea is to make you buy the packs, all of which are a steal.

hyperslug
hyperslug

I just bought it all :D awsome package.. thanks valve

stupidmachine
stupidmachine

for Doom compatability on a modern computer, you really should get a source port such as ZDoom (http://zdoom.org). runs great in windows and gives you access to tons and tons of user-made mods and maps. believe it or not, the Doom mod and map community is still very active.

Bowser05
Bowser05

Well if I can get the two Quake expansions to run I might buy them (I have them but the cds are so old and messed up they don't work). I think that is really cool. I don't like digital downloads and avoid it at all costs (only digital dloads I have are XBLA games and VC games). Either way, it is a good thing.

Switchbreak
Switchbreak

For those wondering about compatibility, I've tried Doom and Commander Keen so far and they both come with DosBox and use that to run in Windows. I had no problems on Vista with it, so if you guys can run DosBox you should have no problem running these games. I only wish they had done this with X-Com instead of writing an XP-only windows port.

never-named
never-named

It seems pretty ironic that both companies, who were at each other's neck in 2004, with Valve bringing out the excellent Half-Life 2 and id's visual revolution Doom3, have now come in terms to promote each other's properties.

azizrulez
azizrulez

these packages look awesome, i would get them right now if i didnt hate Steam so much

Primenova
Primenova

$70 dollars is a steal for so many classic titles. hope they all run on XP/Vista well.

tuff_gong92
tuff_gong92

OMG! Those games are all available RIGHT NOW on Steam!

tuff_gong92
tuff_gong92

Think about it, you can purchase the entire Wolfenstein, Doom, Quake, and Half-Life series all on Steam for roughly $30-40. Steam is getting better and better by the day.

orshick
orshick

Is there any way to activate a game you already own, like doom 3, in steam to be one of my games?

blackacidevl
blackacidevl

no quake 4 :( . i really thinking of buying this mostly because of quake and COMMANDER KEEN WITH XP SUPPORT!!! next pay check... this is mine.

anime_boi
anime_boi

Yayz! "Commander Keen" is back in action!!!

Pazy160
Pazy160

This i nothing major, ive got all the Doom games. I prefare some of the Q3 standalone mods and Wolf's best bit is Enemy Territory which is free.