Quake may come to consoles, but not in the form we expected. id Software was teasing Quake III: Arena for Xbox Live for a while, before revealing that publishers weren't behind the project and id's focus was moving to the web-based Quake Live. But has the popularity of Quake Live re-ignited the studio's interest in producing a multiplayer-only shooter for consoles? I've found evidence it's possible.
id is currently looking for a game programmer to work on the company's Quake Live project. Said programmer would is required to have experience working on both PC and web platforms, but both Xbox 360, Xbox Live and PlayStation 3 work are listed as bonuses to prospective applicants.
This runs contrary what id was telling G4tv.com earlier this year.
"The core concept here is that one of the major things that PCs do much better than consoles is the web browsing experience... PCs are still just plain better than consoles at that," said co-founder John Carmack. "It also allows you to use a mouse and keyboard. Well, the PS3 does, but the XMB web browser isn't that great -- I wouldn't expect it to support anything like Quake Live."
While it's hardly confirmation Quake Live is coming to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network, id's flirtation with Quake III: Arena makes the idea plausible, even if id was dismissing the concept while launching Quake Live earlier this year. Considering Quake Live still hasn't come to Mac or Linux, though, console ports seem a little ways off.