While a Quake remaster was recently announced, it’s still rumoured that MachineGames is making a brand-new entry in the series.
Following rumours that some kind of new Quake project was in development, Bethesda and developer id Software announced, and subsequently released, an enhanced remaster of the original Quake yesterday.
Curiously, the initial rumour was that id Software is collaborating with MachineGames, the studio behind the Wolfenstein series, to create an entirely new Quake game, one that would star a woman protagonist.
While there’s no official confirmation that this is the case, a job listing at MachineGames does state that the studio is working on a brand-new AAA game, and it could very well be Quake.
The listing, which was first spotted by eXputer, is for an AI programmer and specifically mentions needing some with an ‘understanding of multiplayer bots as human replacements,’ which basically confirms that the game will feature a multiplayer component.
MachineGames has contributed to Quake twice already with the Dimension Of The Past expansion, which released for the 20th anniversary in 2016, and the new Dimension Of The Machine expansion for the remaster. So, the possibility of it making a new entry in the first-person shooter multiplayer series isn’t too unlikely.
However, it’s also entirely possible that it’s working on a Wolfenstein 3, which Pete Hines, Bethesda’s senior vice president of global marketing & communications, said was happening back in 2018.
When asked about it again earlier this year, however, he didn’t have anything to say about a new Wolfenstein. All he said was ‘We’ll have to wait till we get to the point of wanting to talk about it. But you can put me at the head of the list of people who want to see another Wolfenstein game, so no worries there.’
The series is also no stranger to multiplayer, although the more recent entries have been strictly single-player affairs, with 2019’s Wolfenstein: Youngblood only featuring co-op multiplayer.
Assuming development has started on Wolfenstein 3, it probably won’t be for another few years, as MachineGames is responsible for the upcoming Indiana Jones game as well. And while development on that only started recently according to Hines, it’s implied that it will be about before any new Wolfenstein game.
If MachineGames is juggling both Indiana Jones and Wolfenstein 3, it may not have the resources to handle a third project like Quake. For the time being, fans can only speculate and wait for an official announcement.
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