id Releases Team Arena Map Pack
9:04 AM | Michael Eilers | Comment on this story
Although Quake 3: Team Arena is still a slightly-buggy beta version for Mac users, anyone currently taking it for a spin will appreciate id Software's release of a free four-map expansion pack for the teamplay-focused expansion pack. Paul Jacquays of id announced the release in his .plan file, old-school style, and as expected many 'mirrors' of the archive have appeared around the net.
As his .plan file explains, these maps are not "new" per se; they are retreads of existing, popular Q3A maps retrofitted for the new gameplay styles and visuals of Q3TA. Here's an excerpt with details:
id has just released a map pack containing four team-style maps approved for use with id Software’s Quake III: Team Arena™ computer game. Their creators are some of the most talented mapmakers in the Quake community. Working together with id designer Paul Jaquays, Quake3World Level Editing forum moderator Astro Creep, Mr. Elusive, the bot A.I. programmer for both Quake III Arena and Quake III: Team Arena, and Drunken Boxer, Quake3World Capture the Flag and Team Arena forum moderator, these artisans have created some truly fine playgrounds for Team Arena.The map pack includes Japanese Castles TA, Schadenfreude TA, Crossed Paths v.TA and An Iteration of TA Hell. You must be running TA to play them, and they won't work with the TA Demo now available (of course). If you have yet to try the demo itself, it is linked below; The map pack is 15.9 MB.
Players who download user-community made Capture the Flag maps for Quake III Arena will recognize that these are not exactly brand new creations. They already have a bit of history behind them. They were selected for this pack because they had already made their marks as superior virtual playgrounds. Yet a closer look will reveal they are also not the same as the maps originally released for Quake III Arena. More than just adding a few new textures and game entities, these maps have been upgraded, polished, and in some cases radically overhauled. The new versions not only accommodate the new Quake III: Team Arena game styles like Harvester and Overload, but also include the play and appearance improvements that the map makers themselves wanted to see in their map.
Quake 3: Team Arena Demo (120 MB)
Paul Jacquays' .plan file
Team Arena Map Pack 1 (15.9 MB)
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