Remember how Quake Live was going to be a free browser version of of Quake III Arena? Well apparently game developers id’s idea of free doesn’t actually mean the same as the sort of free you or I might think it means. During the press conference at Quake Con, John Carmack commented that id will be introducing a subscription service to Quake Live.
While this is disappointing to hear, in id’s defence Quake Live is insanely popular and I suspect the costs of running the game far out weight the revenue generated by the in-game advertising. Having said that Carmack did also mention that Quake Live will still feature a level of free online gaming, but the specifics of that, or indeed what the premium service will entail have yet to be finalised.
As always, as soon as we find out, we will pass the information on to you, dear reader.