id Software Debuts New Engine at WWDC

Over at Engadget, you can read a liveblog of the Steve Jobs keynote at WWDC (World Wide Developer’s Conference). The thing that jumps out at me from that keynote so far is that John Carmack is there, and he’s debuting a brand new id Software engine.

No, we don’t know what game it will be powering yet, but we do get a chance to peek at what it can do. Apparently, the new engine is called id Tech 5 (although I wouldn’t be surprised if that changed once the game it’s powering is announced).

Carmack had this to say, “So the last couple of years at id we’ve been working in secrecy on next-gen tech and a game for it … this is the first time we’re showing anything we’ve done on it publicly. What we’ve got here is the entire world with unique textures, 20GB of textures covering this track. They can go in and look at the world and, say, change the color of the mountaintop, or carve their name into the rock. They can change as much as they want on surfaces with no impact on the game.”

Carmack closed with, “We’re going to be showing on a Mac, PC, PS3, and Xbox at E3, we’ll have another Mac announcement at E3.” It certainly looks like id is putting forth an effort to field a title that can hit every next-gen platform out there. One thing you can bet on is that no matter what the title is, it’ll be HUGE news when it hits.

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