Quake 3 Beta Released for OS X, Classic Soon
6:00 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story
Last night id Software made a new beta 1.29f release available for Quake III and the add-on pack Team Arena. The download is over 25MB, so get your modem warmed up if you're not on a broadband connection. Currently, only the OS X build is ready for download, though id's Graeme Devine assures IMG a 'Classic' build will be out soon:
I've just not done the compile yet. It will be there!So don't fret about id dropping Classic support just yet. We'll let you know when it becomes available as well.
The massive update features a complete overhaul of the game's networking code, new map revisions, and special anti-cheating measures. Here are a couple excerpts from the included ReadMe file:
- NEW NETWORK CODE - There is a new compression system built into the network code of the latest point release. Essentially, this reduces the bandwidth usage of Quake 3 and Team Arena by a ratio of 5:1 over previous versions of the game. Modem players, as well as everyone else, should experience a significant improvement in internet game play because of this.Be sure to read through the huge list of changes for more info on the update. It doesn't look like there are any Altivec enhancements in this build, but we'll keep you G4 owners posted. Assuming all goes well with this release, it sounds like the final version could be available soon as well.
- NEW CHEATING COUNTER MEASURES - There has been quite a bit of new code added to make it much more difficult to cheat and hack the game. We’d tell you more, but that would be defeating the purpose… Rest assured that it will be harder to cheat than ever before.
1.29f ReadMe File
Download Quake III 1.29f (25MB)
Quake III Team Arena
Buy Quake III Team Arena
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