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id Software to release Doom 3 source code

id Software to release Doom 3 source code

John Carmack has confirmed that id Software will soon release the source code for Doom 3.

Speaking at QuakeCon 2011 in Dallas, Texas, id Software founder John Carmack has confirmed that id Software will continue the tradition of releasing source code for older games for free under new owners Zenimax Media.

id Software traditionally releases source code for old games whenever it releases a new one, with 2004's Doom 3 next to have it's source code released once Rage is released in October.

Carmack said that he still needed to do some polishing work on the Doom 3 source code and that legal still had to approve the release, but said parent company Zenimax Media had approved the move.

As part of his speech at QuakeCon, where id Software fans gather once a year to celebrate the company that gave us Quake and Doom, Carmack called on other developers to release old code too. Carmack, a long-time supporter of modding and fan-made content, said that it would help the next generation of developers start learning how games are currently made.

id Software's next game, Rage, is due for release on PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on October 4. We recently sat down to play the opening hours of the game and will be bringing you our thoughts on Monday. Until then, check out the trailer below and let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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feathers 5th August 2011, 12:42 Quote
Pretty sure rage will be a pile of dated cack. "3rd person vehicle racing". I ****ing hate 3rd person vehicle racing!
digitaldunc 5th August 2011, 13:29 Quote
Good man, Carmack, good to see a revered dev supporting the community.
TheLegendJoe 5th August 2011, 13:38 Quote
Good to see someones releasing it- There are hardly any people my age that seem to know what 'source code' is, God knows where the next generation of developers are meant to come from!
Bauul 5th August 2011, 13:45 Quote
Excellent news - although unlike the Q3A engine, I'm worried id Tech 4 will be too specific to be used for anything other than dark corrider shooters.

Unless someone develops a real-time light reflection/diffraction engine for it of course.
Dwarfer 5th August 2011, 14:01 Quote
RAGE has being left in the dark. I haven't heard anything about this since it first made its appearance a few years back. What kind of game is it?
B1GBUD 5th August 2011, 14:07 Quote
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.
greypilgers 5th August 2011, 14:15 Quote
I personally have slated all the irrelevant Carmack press releases that have been on this site recently, but I have to admit that this is a worthy piece of news. It's good that some companies take the view that their game is not really an income earner anymore, but could instead produce a greater benefit to the community at large by releasing its code for people to learn and create from.
feathers 5th August 2011, 14:20 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dwarfer
RAGE has being left in the dark. I haven't heard anything about this since it first made its appearance a few years back. What kind of game is it?

Rage is a game where u have to go through towns and residential areas looking for chavs and kill them. It also has porn elements as well because it has naked women. It also has unusual enemies like the spoon people (spoons with weapons).
feathers 5th August 2011, 14:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

A remake of a vintage game using a vintage engine?
Bauul 5th August 2011, 14:24 Quote
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Originally Posted by feathers
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Originally Posted by Dwarfer
RAGE has being left in the dark. I haven't heard anything about this since it first made its appearance a few years back. What kind of game is it?

Rage is a game where u have to go through towns and residential areas looking for chavs and kill them. It also has porn elements as well because it has naked women. It also has unusual enemies like the spoon people (spoons with weapons).

You made me snigger out loud in the office damn you!

Seriously though, it seems to be a cross between Borderlands, Fallout 3 and Doom 3, with a bit of Motorstorm thrown in. More FPS than RPG it would appear too.
Bauul 5th August 2011, 14:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by feathers
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

A remake of a vintage game using a vintage engine?

In terms of freely available engines, the Doom 3 engine I imagine would be the most up-to-date available. Plus, with today's PCs and a bit of tweaking, it has a huge amount of potential - Brink looked pretty good for an eight year old engine.
feathers 5th August 2011, 14:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
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Originally Posted by feathers
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Originally Posted by Dwarfer
RAGE has being left in the dark. I haven't heard anything about this since it first made its appearance a few years back. What kind of game is it?

Rage is a game where u have to go through towns and residential areas looking for chavs and kill them. It also has porn elements as well because it has naked women. It also has unusual enemies like the spoon people (spoons with weapons).

You made me snigger out loud in the office damn you!

Seriously though, it seems to be a cross between Borderlands, Fallout 3 and Doom 3, with a bit of Motorstorm thrown in. More FPS than RPG it would appear too.

Yup, agree. Borderlands/Fallout 3. I hope the driving part has 1st person view also or else I will give it a miss.

:)
B1GBUD 5th August 2011, 14:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by feathers
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

A remake of a vintage game using a vintage engine?

Yeah why not, I have very fond memories of ET, I'm sure it could be given a lick of paint and some real time lighting.
Denis_iii 5th August 2011, 15:04 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

I'd like to see remake of Quake and Q3A and Doom and Doom 2 and first Castle Wolfenstein using said engine.
feathers 5th August 2011, 15:10 Quote
I'd like to see said remakes on the Unreal SDK engine :) DX11
Evildead666 5th August 2011, 15:21 Quote
Good old Carmack. :)
Can't wait to see what people are going to be able to create with this.
Da_Rude_Baboon 5th August 2011, 15:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dwarfer
RAGE has being left in the dark. I haven't heard anything about this since it first made its appearance a few years back. What kind of game is it?

The previews on Eurogamer have all been quite positive. Old school ID shooter, great level design, great action, good range of weapons with mods and different ammo types and you can carry them all at the same time too. The driving parts are apparently quite good and complement the rest of the gamer quite well.

I'm looking forward to it.
Evildead666 5th August 2011, 15:44 Quote
They could do a Remake of Daikatana (Yes, I was the person who liked it ;)).
Maybe then I could actually finish the game without it crashing inexorably.
chemo 5th August 2011, 15:49 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

semi'ing, careful!
Dwarfer 5th August 2011, 15:54 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
I'd like to see remake of Quake and Q3A and Doom and Doom 2 and first Castle Wolfenstein using said engine.

Hasn't Quake already being re-made on a more recent engine? I'm sure I saw it on moddb
tennisball 5th August 2011, 16:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
In terms of freely available engines, the Doom 3 engine I imagine would be the most up-to-date available. Plus, with today's PCs and a bit of tweaking, it has a huge amount of potential - Brink looked pretty good for an eight year old engine.

Source would be a better choice.
Darkedge 5th August 2011, 18:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by tennisball
Source would be a better choice.

Source is still closed an proprietary. This is makes games based on Doom 3 source code totally free, you have to pay to use The Source engine.
B1GBUD 5th August 2011, 18:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by chemo
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

semi'ing, careful!

lol... steady on fella!
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Originally Posted by Dwarfer
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
I'd like to see remake of Quake and Q3A and Doom and Doom 2 and first Castle Wolfenstein using said engine.

Hasn't Quake already being re-made on a more recent engine? I'm sure I saw it on moddb

Wasn't that GLQuake?
Fizzban 5th August 2011, 18:30 Quote
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Originally Posted by Denis_iii
I'd like to see remake of Quake and Q3A and Doom and Doom 2 and first Castle Wolfenstein using said engine.

There is a Doom mod for Doom3 already available. You can play through Doom with Doom 3 graphics.
Grimloon 7th August 2011, 12:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by B1GBUD
I'd like to see a re-make of Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory using Doom 3 source code.

That would be bad - for my free time :p I spent way too many hours playing that game.
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