John Carmack of id Software made an announcement today at QuakeCon 2010 which sounded completely and engrossingly insane. I like insane when it comes to gaming. It usually makes me happy.
First, the good news about id iPhone gaming in the here and now: sales. Lots of ‘em, all running until the end of QuakeCon on Sunday, August 15th.
For 99 cents there are two games available: Wolfenstein 3D Classic Platinum, the original first person shooter which includes all six original episodes and the Spear of Destiny levels, and DOOM II RPG, the sequel to DOOM RPG, which lets players choose one of three characters to battle the demon hordes, find other survivors of the invasion to get information, and solve puzzles.
For $1.99 there are another two games on sale. DOOM Classic is the original battle against the demons on Mars, and includes all three original levels as well as Episode Four, Thy Flesh Consumed. DOOM Resurrection places us back onto the Mars Base in a game that apparently makes good use of the DOOM 3 graphics and audio, as we take the familiar role of the lone Marine battling the soldiers of Hell and trying to figure out what is taking place on the red planet.
I checked out screenshots of DOOM Resurrection and that was that. Game purchased. I don’t have a very sound history with FPS titles on the iPhone, but the screenshots are impressive, and I have a weakness for the classics, even the fresh incarnations of them. To anyone in my age group, DOOM should always hold a special place in our hearts.
All of this is just setup for news about a new game that might hold a special place in the hearts of gamers of all generations according to the E3 hype. John Carmack announced at QuakeCon that Rage is going to be released for the iPhone, running at 60 fps using the id Tech 5 engine, and will “kill anything done on the Xbox or PlayStation 2.”
That’s…crazy talk. Even when I know what the iPhone screen is capable of generating graphics-wise. Well, I thought I did. Now I’m not so sure. See the video below.
Apparently there will be two Rage iPhone releases, a smaller title first, and then a larger title released in conjunction with the full PC and console game that was all the rage at the Expo this year, pun intended. At least id has given us plenty of iPhone content to keep us busy until then, and dirt cheap if you buy it before Sunday night.
Source: id press release, and IndustryGamers