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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