Holysh1t, time is flying and there's been some interesting news lately. One of the most interesting bits of news is the announcement that Quake Live will be turned into a standalone game. A lot of people see it going back to the roots of Quake 3 but there's more to it than just a Quake 3 re-release. 1 of the most discussed items is the discontinued support for Linux and Mac.
The QLPP19 has been released a few weeks ago and everybody has been able to give it a taste. The gist of it are the 3 new CTF maps, all coming from Dan Scancode Gold. We'll get into those maps in a bit. Important for the freebies is that Domination and Attack&Defend now have "public premium" servers running, which should result in more players for these modes.
A sneak peek on the upcoming Premium Pak 19 has been released by Id Software, and I apologize for being a tad late with it. When the news was posted on the QL website, I was, and still am, at the hospital with my wife. To cut a long story short, I'm the proud father of a boy! Let's look at this update now, shall we.
The sneak peek is all about CTF, all maps should ring a bell for players from Quake 3. I have unfortunately skipped Q3 by sticking to Quake 2 for a bit too long, but judging by the screenshots all maps look like fun. The maps will be Future Crossings, Gospel Crossings and Railyard, all by the hand of Dan Scancode Gold.
Future Crossings and Gospel Crossings are converted maps, but Railyard appears to be Scancode's Silly Railings map, completely rebuilt from scratch. What I remember from Railyard in a far and distant memory is to avoid the jump pads at all costs. I've yet to see how the other maps play, but it won't be long until QLPP19 is released.
Let's have a quick look at what this month's Standard Rotation has in store for us. CTF is going in for an amazing month with community favourite Space CTF. Just kidding though, Ironworks, Japanese Castles and Courtyard will be the maps to play.
For TDM, we're going to be looking at Dreadful Place and Hidden Fortress mostly. I'm not TDM-literate enough to judge on Arcane Citadel, which was introduced in Premium Pak 17 and has been reviewed by me and Lashknife.
Finally, if we look at Duel we can pretty much predict that you'll be seeing a lot of Blood Run and Lost World. For those looking to practice their aim, definitely try out Eye to Eye, and last but not least, in any gamemode that's available to you, play a few rounds on Quake 2 classic The Edge!
Quake Live is expanding into new territory. Thanks to Orcon there are now servers in Auckland, New Zealand. To make things a bit more clear on the website they have renamed the location "Australia" to "Oceania". If someone from that region can test the connection with the new servers and let us know, that'd be great.
We are happy to announce the opening of a new location in New Zealand, courtesy of our friends at Orcon. You can find these matches under the "Oceania" location, which has been renamed from "Australia" in order to more accurately reflect availability there. You may need to refresh your browser to see the updated filters.
Update: Apparantly this news item was posted by accident by the Quake Live devs and it's content is "invalid". The servers will not be going down!
Attention to our few Australian followers: The Sydney #1 server will go down for maintenance. The server will be switched off on thursday from 12:00 (UTC), but rest assured, it will return later that evening around 20:00. Other locations, such as Sydney #2 and Adelaide, will stay up so you can continue to play on those.
Thursday Aug, 15th, 2013 from 12:00 to 20:00 UTC, Sydney #1 will be offline for maintenance as the server is migrated to new server hardware. The Sydney #1 location will be offline during this time.
Sydney #2 and Adelaide will be unaffected by the maintenance and will remain online.