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Saturday, August 11, 2001

Stratton Interview

HomeLan posted an interview with id's Marty Stratton, focusing on the recent announcements at QuakeCon and whether or not id is biting off more than it can chew with all these new games. Thanks Blue.

Jedi Knight II at QuakeCon

Raven was on hand to show off Jedi Knight II at QuakeCon. PlanetQuake has a summary. Here's an interesting bit for us multiplayer fans:
And -- as you'd expect from a crowd chock full of LAN gamers -- they were even more excited to hear that the game would have a robust multiplayer component, including a lightsaber-only mode.

Quake IV Design Thoughts

Raven's Rick Johnson was on hand at QuakeCon and asked the gamers in attendance what they would like to see in the new iteration of Quake. PlanetQuake summarized the attendees' thoughts. I particularly liked this one:
Another request was to try and avoid the cliches that seem to plague many shooters -- sewers, vents, rooms full of crates, etc. A few people noted that they'd like to see more of the city-style maps as in Quake 2, and most of the room seemed to approve.
Amen to that. I really loved Half-Life, but all the crate/jumping puzzles were enough to drive you batty. Q4 will not be out until after the new Doom and will use the new Doom engine. That's how Raven can get all these titles done. Development of Q4 will not start in earnest until after Soldier of Fortune II is completed.

POR: Ruins of Myth Drannor Review

There's a review of Pool of Radiance: Ruins of Myth Drannor online over on GamesDomain. The pictures are very pretty. Here's to hoping this game lives up to the cool quality of the original.

Friday, August 10, 2001

New id Games Announced

As promised, id announced some new games at QuakeCon this afternoon. GameSpy Daily got the scoop. Here's the rundown of the announcements:My, Raven seems to have a lot of irons in the fire: Jedi Knight II, Soldier of Fortune 2, and now Quake 4.

JKII at QuakeCon

Raven's James Monroe updated his .plan with a not-so-subtle encouragement to read some thoughts written upon viewing the Jedi Knight II demonstration at QuakeCon. Granted, this is from a JKII fan site, but still. Here's a snip:
I had also recently read that there will be no bot support with JK2 (I don't remember where I read this) but they clarified that it WILL have full bot support. No word yet on whether or not there will be any dual ended Light sabers (ala Darth Maul) or not, and they are not sure if there will be a Linux port just yet. The projected release date is Spring 2002.
Looks like I'm going to need a hardware upgrade before next spring!


Thank goodness the heat finally broke. Waking up this morning to (1) having a BLANKET on the bed, and (2) having a CAT under said blanket was quite a shock.

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