Dallas-based id Software has just sent live its long awaited browser-based first-person-shooter, Quake Live, via the game’s website. The release comes just in time for QuakeCon next week, one of the largest gaming conventions in the country and one with a heavy emphasis on actually gaming (with a phenomenally successful BYOPC section). QuakeCon runs from August 12 to 15 this year.
Quake Live is a nominally free FPS designed to run on x86-based computers running Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X or Linux played through a browser plug-in and is a spiritual successor to its predecessor, Quake III Arena The game first appeared in 2007, entered an invitation-based closed beta in 2008, and has been in public beta since February. Quake Live runs an updated version of the id Tech 3 engine. Registration of a user account is available on the game’s website and free, although a paid, premium content version is optional. Currently supported platforms include Internet Explorer 7+, Mozilla Firefox 2+, and Safari 3+ web browsers running on Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Mac OS X 10.4+ (Intel only), and Linux. The browser plug-in does not make use of Flash to play the game, letting customers with even lower-power laptops play without unduly draining their batteries or roasting their laps.
Users can check out the game now at quakelive.com