Quake Live Will Be A Standalone Game By Year’s End
Quake Live will plucked from the browser and thrust into a downloadable, standalone game by the end of 2013, according to the development team.
The free-to-play remake of Quake 3 has been a browser-based title since it launched back in 2008, but browser plugin issues are forcing the game to make a change.
From the Quake Live forums:
Over the past few years, browser support for plugins such as QUAKE LIVE have dropped off significantly, causing problems for plugins to operate in a consistent and working manner. With the recent announcement of Google Chrome’s roadmap to turning off plugin support and the upcoming changes in Firefox, it seems that now is the time to make the transition.
Once Quake Live is converted, players will be prompted to download the game files when they go to the Quake Live portal. It sounds like the change is going to have minimal impact on how you interface with Quake Live, as the website players are used to will be “embedded directly into the game itself.”
The full forum post and FAQ can be found here.
Quake Live doesn’t have the same popularity that other, more modern shooters enjoy, but it’s still a major component in the eSports scene. Despite going back to 1999, Quake Live is still the 1v1 dueler of choice for players around the world.