Is this a joke or a sign of things to come? (Picture: Bethesda)
Rumours that MachineGames is working on a Quake reboot have resurfaced, but if it’s true that may mean no Wolfenstein 3.
As the first big reveal of the year, Indiana Jones And The Great Circle seems to have gone down pretty well with everyone, even if many were surprised to find that it’s primarily a first person game.
Although they’re generally slower-paced, story-led games, all of MachineGames titles have been first person but in recent years there’s been lots of rumours of them being involved in a Quake remake. They’ve helped out with new content for the recent Quake 1 and 2 remasters and as far back as 2014 indicated to us that working on a reboot would be a dream project.
Now it seems as if that dream may come true, as eagle-eyed fans have noticed what seems to be a clear reference to a new Quake game in the reveal video for Indiana Jones And The Great Circle.
At one point in the video (11 minutes and 34 seconds, to be precise) there’s a shot of a whiteboard which clearly, if you pause it, shows the Quake logo and above it what seems to be the words ‘Quake 6’.
There is no Quake 5, but it’s possible that original developer id Software consider the multiplayer-only Quake Champions to be a fifth mainline entry.
There’s nothing else to go on in the video, which leaves three obvious options: it’s just an in-joke or wishful thinking from MachineGames, it’s an intentional hint at a new Quake, or it’s an unintentional reveal that wasn’t supposed to be seen.
Whichever it is, MachineGames has been advertising a lot in recent years, for people to work on a first person shooter, which at the time many assumed to be either Quake related or for a third Wolfenstein game.
Given the revelation that Indiana Jones And The Great Circle is also first person, it now seems likely that no major work is currently being done on a new Wolfenstein game and that a third and final entry is not guaranteed.
That alone makes a new Quake more likely, although it remains to be seen what approach MachineGames takes, in terms of both the setting and the style of the game.
Will they go back to the original Lovecraftian themes of the original or stick with the more generic sci-fi backstory of the second and fourth games (and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars)?
Will it be multiplayer-only and if it’s not will the single-player be in the same narrative-led style as other MachineGames? None of these questions are answered on the whiteboard but hopefully we might get at least a clue later in the year.
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