After being down for a day, QUAKE LIVE players missing their online fragging fix can return to action later today — as the game has officially exited beta! In addition to the ‘Standard’ free-to-play version, in a press release today, we’ve announced ‘Premium’ and ‘Pro’ subscriptions — adding new maps, game modes, and plenty more. Details below…
The Premium Subscription, which can be purchased for $1.99 per month, billed annually, includes:
- Access to 20 QUAKE LIVE Premium only maps at launch with more to come. Premium maps are a combination of brand new maps and frequently requested community favorites from previous QUAKE games such as Aerowalk, Theater of Pain, Japanese Castles, and Realm of Steel Rats;
- An all new ‘Freeze Tag’ game mode;
- Exclusive premium level awards;
- Create your own clan and join up to five separate clans;
- Custom QUAKE LIVE profile wallpaper; and
- Match statistics stored for six months.
The Pro Subscription, which can be purchased for $3.99 per month, billed annually, includes all of the premium subscription features as well as:
- The ability to start your own game server, specify a server location, determine the game mode and invite who you want to join you;
- With the Pro Subscription, you can invite three friends with Standard level memberships to play with you in any Premium level map;
- Exclusive pro awards;
- Create your own clan and join up to ten separate clans; and
- Match statistics stored for 12 months.
The QUAKE LIVE ‘Standard’ version is still free to play and includes friend lists, access to one clan, matchmaking, and stats tracking delivered through a web browser with over 40 arenas and five game modes.
To create a QUAKE LIVE account and for more information please visit: http://www.quakelive.com.
UPDATE: QUAKE LIVE is back up and running. The team will continue to monitor the situation… now get back to the action!
QuakeCon is a place for everyone to play games together and have fun. On the other hand, it’s also a place for the best gamers to utterly crush their opponents in the pursuit of cold hard cash.
Big prizes await the video game sportsmen at this year’s QuakeCon, with $50,000 total up for grabs in both the Intel QUAKE LIVE Masters Championship and the QUAKE LIVE Capture the Flag Championship.
And if you don’t have a fancy nickname or a branded mouse, don’t worry: the Open Tournament will allow up to 128 amateurs a chance to compete for a respectable purse of $2500.
Keep reading for more details, or head right over to the QuakeCon site to register:
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A fairly significant update to id’s QUAKE LIVE beta went live this week, adding a new player invite system to the browser-based multiplayer FPS.
Combatants now have three new friends-list options to perform: “View Profile,” “Invite to Match” and “Join Match.” In addition to that, a new “Start a Match” feature is in closed testing:
One feature of our upcoming Premium Service known as ‘Start a Match’ is currently in private testing and allows for leagues and players to start servers for other players to join. This update brings new features to the Start a Match capabilities, including the ability to start servers without passwords, the ability to restrict servers by player invite and the ability to specify a custom map rotation.
Check out the whole list of changes here. To give the free-to-play game a spin post-update, head here.
Nearly a year ago (February 24th, to be exact), id Software launched QUAKE LIVE — a browser-based (and totally free) version of Quake III Arena.
And what a year it’s been! Breaking it down by the numbers, players have spent over 8.9 million hours in over 60 million ranked matches, earning 8 million awards and 810 million frags.
Among those frags, two players have reached the status of Dark Angel — Trajan (featured in an interview on Bethesda Blog) and Yakumo. The two continue to battle it out for QUAKE LIVE supremacy. Meanwhile, one user, Pudrick, has spent nearly 56 days in-game on ranked servers (and I thought the guys in my dorm playing QUAKE II were hardcore).
To celebrate QUAKE LIVE’s milestone, id Software has launched QUAKE LIVE’s Year One Event. The event runs from today through March 9th. During that time, anyone that participates in an online match will receive a special “Year One” award.
To help get the year off to a good start, the team has also uploaded a new level, Fallout Bunker, for you to enjoy. As the team moves forward, they plan to bring many new fighting arenas to QUAKE LIVE, including nostalgic works from the community as well as new arenas designed specifically for QUAKE LIVE.
Thanks to all the players for making QUAKE LIVE such a success in its first year!
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Recently SyncError, the Community Manager for QUAKE Live, got a chance to interview Trajan, who was the first player on QUAKE Live to achieve 250,000 frags and earn the Dark Angel award. An impressive stat, and congratulations to Trajan from the team here at id! Hit the (rocket) jump for the interview.
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Just a little bit ago, a special holiday update went up for QUAKE LIVE. For a limited time, you’ll have access to two players skins — Festive Santa and Vixen — as well as the Silent Night, a remake of the Team Arena map known as Distant Scream. For more details, check out this news post from QUAKE LIVE Executive Producer Marty Stratton….
“We hope you are enjoying the season and we want to say ‘thanks’ to everyone that has been a part of QUAKE LIVE this year. To celebrate the holidays, QUAKE LIVE style, the team has put together a little gift. Starting today, we’ll be running matches in a new Capture the Flag arena called “Silent Night.” This is a slightly re-worked version of an arena from Team Arena called “Distant Screams.” It’s primarily outdoors and larger than most of our other arenas, so it supports up to 32 players. We’re also providing 2 festive holiday characters for you to use over the next couple weeks – Santa and Vixen break out the rocket launchers for some Christmas fragging. For a quick preview of these gifts and a special holiday desktop wallpaper, check out the preview page.”
Whether you’re still working before the holidays or already relaxing at home, now is the perfect time to check out QUAKE LIVE.
In case you missed the interview with gstaff a few weeks ago, I am the Community Manager over at id Software, and recently I asked QUAKE LIVE Executive Producer Marty Stratton about the project’s beginnings, as well as where it is headed. Read on after the (rocket) jump.
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For those not familiar with QUAKE LIVE, it’s a browser-based (and totally free) version of Quake III Arena. As announced in a press release today, QUAKE LIVE will have a huge presence at QuakeCon 2009 — with tournaments for amateurs and pros alike with a total of $50,000 in prize money.
To read all the details about the touraments, check out the press release. For on the official rules, requirements, prize money distribution, pool of arenas and additional information, please go to www.quakecon.org.