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DOOM 3 - Client/Server Yes, DVD No

The Union Aerospace Corporation Website now offers a countdown timer to the release of DOOM 3 (thanks Shacknews). Also, Will Doom 3 revive the struggling PC gaming industry? on CNN Money has word from id's Todd Hollenshead that DOOM 3 will ship on CD only: "I know some gamers are hoping to use the DVD players on their machines for something other than watching movies, but there are downsides. For us the cost of the goods and the cost of the replication and having to make two masters just isn't worth it." Also, with the game going gold, discussion of what DOOM 3 multiplayer will be like have kicked into high gear. UKGamer wrote Todd, id's CEO, about the announced plan to offer peer-to-peer network support, receiving the following reassurance:

Multiplayer is client-server.

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88. There's light ahead. Jul 18, 2004, 15:02 Rockn-Roll
 
We will have to see what is in the game after the game comes out and we can see for ourselves. But, I do believe I remember id throwing something together quickly just to get the p2p working solely for demonstration.

I've been closely following first person gaming since Quake came out, and even spoken with ToddH and exchanged emails when I was running the old deathmatch database on PlanetQuake back in the late 90's, to the extent that I was selected to post the review of Quake2:Ground Zero that made the front page of Gamespy...it was my 15 minutes of fame...probably the only that I've ever get...if you want to ask why I mention it.

ToddH is the CEO, and as such he directs where the company resources would be best deployed, and what projects should be produced. Of course since Doom3 is actually being boxed up for shipment, we know that John Carmack and the other veteran id members can influence Todd's direction. Also, ToddH and Carmack seemed to have agreed that the focus on Doom3 would be the first person game...John said as much in the interview we saw yesterday. This is indeed the exact same process that John used in the original development of Doom. The interview also revealed that the current focus of idsoftware is on multiplayer Doom3, just like what happened with the original Doom (though I'm usure whether they did a second episode before adding multiplayer).

The point I'm making is that no matter what MP aspect is in the game that ships, it is definitely NOT the MP Doom3 game, but just the code leftover from Quakecon. Do you really think that idsoftware would just make a 4 player MP game?

Another thing to contemplate is that after MP Doom3 is released ToddH is going to move id into the project that he wanted to do before work on Doom3 began. Nobody knows what that project is yet, but any sequels to Doom3, such as mission packs, mods, etc. will be generated by other people. I figured that Rogue Entertainment would want to do a mission pack, but they have virtually disappeared! Apparently United Developers bought Rogue and then killed it to collect on the estate. I have not heard anyone stepping up to claim any work on a mission pack, but who knows? Blue? I see that RavenSoft who developed Hexen2 is working on Quake4 if you can believe that, so instead of a Doom3 mission pack we may see a title named Quake4 backed by the Doom3 engine...sweeet!
 
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  2. Jul 14, 17:20  Re: Time to vent some anger... nin
  4. Jul 14, 17:23   Re: Time to vent some anger... Sepharo
  3. Jul 14, 17:21  Re: Time to vent some anger... tunis5000
  7. Jul 14, 17:30   Re: Time to vent some anger... Devster
  8. Jul 14, 17:32    Re: Time to vent some anger... Gandhi
  9. Jul 14, 17:42     Re: Time to vent some anger... HoSpanky
  10. Jul 14, 17:44      Re: Time to vent some anger... Grounded
  13. Jul 14, 17:54       ID caused people to buy 3D acclerators NickNak
  28. Jul 15, 05:23      Re: Time to vent some anger... Ray Marden
  5. Jul 14, 17:23  eat those words space captain Tyrell
  6. Jul 14, 17:30   Re: eat those words spade captain Vermilion
  20. Jul 14, 22:08  Re: Time to vent some anger... Halsy
  79. Jul 16, 21:50  no dvd Tkmaster
  80. Jul 17, 01:09   Re: no dvd .Drifter
  81. Jul 17, 01:13    Re: no dvd .Drifter
  82. Jul 17, 09:24    no dvd Tkmaster
  85. Jul 18, 02:31     Re: no dvd .Drifter
  86. Jul 18, 08:57      no dvd Tkmaster
  87. Jul 18, 12:18       Re: no dvd RegularX
  89. Jul 18, 20:24        Re: no dvd daSmirnov
  92. Jul 23, 22:45         Re: no dvd Corn Wizard
  93. Aug 22, 22:52          Re: no dvd FRAGaLOT
  90. Jul 19, 02:06      Re: no dvd ebob9
  11. Jul 14, 17:51 No subject RazorWynd
  12. Jul 14, 17:53 No subject RazorWynd
  14. Jul 14, 17:55 No DVD? Epic didn't have that problem jomisab
  16. Jul 14, 18:08  Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that problem ReverendTed
  23. Jul 15, 03:27   Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble instant
  24. Jul 15, 04:06    Hello Mc Fly..anyone home?? Monty
  25. Jul 15, 04:11     Re: Hello Mc Fly..anyone home?? Fillem
  26. Jul 15, 04:14    Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble Allanon
  27. Jul 15, 05:10     Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble StooMonster
  42. Jul 15, 08:35      Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble kanniballl
  45. Jul 15, 08:45    Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble kanniballl
  46. Jul 15, 08:50    Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble kanniballl
  65. Jul 15, 11:08     Re: No DVD? Epic didn't have that proble rkone
  15. Jul 14, 18:07 A Challenge... Sepharo
  17. Jul 14, 18:10 No DVD Veinman
  18. Jul 14, 18:12 Re: Chipper
  19. Jul 14, 18:15  Re: ReverendTed
  21. Jul 14, 22:12   Re: rkone
  30. Jul 15, 06:30    Re: ReverendTed
  32. Jul 15, 06:37     Re: AcidDrone
  33. Jul 15, 06:45      Re: Yakumo
  34. Jul 15, 06:46       bah whatever Grounded
  35. Jul 15, 07:02        Re: Co-op Zephalephelah
  36. Jul 15, 07:07     Re: Mr Gar
  22. Jul 15, 03:25 dvd! instant
  73. Jul 16, 07:40  Re: dvd! wiltshire
  29. Jul 15, 06:25 dvd... Yakumo
  31. Jul 15, 06:37  Re: dvd... rocketpcguy
  39. Jul 15, 07:42   Re: dvd... Dante_uk
  40. Jul 15, 08:25    Re: dvd... seenitall
  41. Jul 15, 08:35     Re: dvd... Two_Sheds
  43. Jul 15, 08:36     Re: dvd... Bill Nakano
  48. Jul 15, 10:02     Re: seenitall Zephalephelah
  54. Jul 15, 10:22      Re: seenitall gaffney
  57. Jul 15, 10:34       Re: seenitall Mono
  59. Jul 15, 10:38        Re: seenitall Tigger
  61. Jul 15, 11:02        Re: seenitall L0cky
  63. Jul 15, 11:06         Re: seenitall  Blue 
  64. Jul 15, 11:07         Re: seenitall L0cky
  60. Jul 15, 10:40       Re: seenitall Number{9}
  62. Jul 15, 11:03       Re: seenitall Rolphus
  66. Jul 15, 12:38       Re: seenitall MacD
  49. Jul 15, 10:08     Re: dvd... rkone
  38. Jul 15, 07:39  Client/Server Dante_uk
  37. Jul 15, 07:10 Re: Wow.... Number{9}
  44. Jul 15, 08:43 dvd Fillem
  47. Jul 15, 10:01 Masters Cost? Eye 4N Eye
  68. Jul 15, 14:25  Re: Masters Cost? StooMonster
  69. Jul 15, 19:15   Re: Masters Cost? JoeCool
  50. Jul 15, 10:10 No subject KilrathiAce
  52. Jul 15, 10:13  Re: No subject Darkam
  51. Jul 15, 10:11 No subject KilrathiAce
  53. Jul 15, 10:19  Re: No subject rkone
  56. Jul 15, 10:25   mutiplayer MrShoop
  55. Jul 15, 10:22 No subject space captain
  58. Jul 15, 10:36 DVD Only Baudkarma
  67. Jul 15, 12:42 German edition: DVD Flo
  70. Jul 15, 20:49 Re: No subject StreetPreacher
  71. Jul 15, 21:23  Re: No subject GenericGuy
  72. Jul 16, 06:05 Re: Take that EA! KilrathiAce
  74. Jul 16, 10:15 Huh? RegularX
  75. Jul 16, 12:06  Re: Huh? dr foxy
  76. Jul 16, 12:24   Re: Huh? RegularX
  77. Jul 16, 16:01    Re: Huh? dr foxy
  78. Jul 16, 16:26     Re: Huh? RegularX
  83. Jul 17, 16:20 Re: That sure does suck Hermy
  84. Jul 17, 21:21  no dvd Tkmaster
>> 88. Jul 18, 15:02 There's light ahead. Rockn-Roll
  91. Jul 19, 19:29 Re: No Subject Ronin


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