QuakeCon keynote liveblog is go – No DOOM 4, Arkane acquired, next-gen nowhere in sight

Thursday, 12 August 2010 20:09 GMT By Johnny Cullen


Bethesda’s used it QuakeCon 2010 keynote to announce an acquisition of BioShock 2 developer Arkane Studios and its “unannounced game” tonight, but failed to show off the game everyone wanted to see – DOOM 4.

French developer Arkane was founded in 1999, and helped 2K Marin with Bioshock 2 “design, animation, and art”.

RAGE has also been confirmed for iPhone, and was shown running at 60fps. You can watch a video of it on Kotaku. A first iPhone version will release this year, with another to follow when the PC and console versions release in 2011.

id dev legend John Carmack did admit, though, that RAGE wasn’t even on the “home straight” yet, but that most of the shooter’s content had been fixed.

Carmack went on to say that current gen consoles aren’t going to change any time soon, admitting that Microsoft and Sony haven’t told the company anything about their next-gen plans.

id boss Todd Hollenshead also told Eurogamer during the presentation that id Tech 5 is no longer available for license.

“Something neat”

Carmack said on Twitter earlier in the day that we should get something good from the session:

“I’m showing something neat and unannounced at quakecon tomorrow. Deciding if I should leave it be or sneak a little more code in…”

Any promise of a DOOM 4 were dashed, however. Despite id boss Todd Hollenshead telling VG247 at last year’s QuakeCon to expect first info on the shooter at this year’s event, he said this evening that nothing on the shooter is to be shown.

It was revealed the day before by Carmack that the game will take less time to develop than RAGE, which is currently scheduled for a 2011 release.

A live feed of the keynote ran here.