Linux Quake 3: Arena Retail From Loki!

December 2nd, 1999 by Crusader

Loki Entertainment Software has announced that they will be the distributors for id Software’s imminent first-person shooter Quake 3: Arena. You can read the shipping notes at Loki’s new Q3A site ( here, and pre-order your copy from

Furthermore, Quake 3 orders will be shipped in two parts: an immediate shipmentof the Q3A CD-ROM, to be followed later by the cd jewel case, manual, and tin box. This will allow customers to get the actual game (isn’t that what you reallywant? :)) in a more timely manner.

Here’s the full press release:

NEWS RELEASE For Immediate Release Linux Quake III Arena(TM)

Loki and id Software(TM) Sign Exclusive Agreement

Tustin, CA. — December 2, 1999 — Loki Entertainment Software, the leader in bringing best-selling PC games to Linux, today announces an exclusive agreement with id Software to publish, package and distribute worldwide Quake III Arena for Linux.

Through this agreement, Loki will publish the highly-anticipated Quake III Area for Linux on December 27, near-simultaneously with the Windows and Macintosh versions.

“Quake III Arena, soon available for the PC, Linux and Macintosh, delivers the most intense, heart-pounding gameplay and stunning technical wizardry of any game on any platform, bar none,” said Todd Hollenshead, CEO, id Software. “id Software went to great lengths to assure a near simultaneous multi-platform launch for Quake III Arena, assuring that no will gamer miss out on the action.”

Quake III Arena, developed by the gaming wizards at id Software, is the third installment of one of the most popular computer game franchises of all time. Organic caverns, gothic cathedrals and futuristic spacescapes play host to Quake III Arena’s unrivaled blend of action, strategy and jaw-dropping technology as Linux gamers are invited to square off against 32 of history’s greatest warriors. Built around a revolutionary new graphics engine capable of delivering mind blowing 3D special effects including curved surfaces and volumetric fog, Quake III Arena is the final word in deathmatching mayhem.

The Linux version of Quake III Arena will be packaged in a limited edition collector’s tin box. Loki will also include the Linux operating system, SuSE Linux 6.3, so that new users can try Linux and the game. Quake III Arena for Linux has a suggested retail price of $49.95 (U.S. Dollars).

About id Software

id — Freud’s primal part of the human psyche and one of the hottest game shops on Earth – has been rocking the gaming world from Mesquite, Texas since 1991. As a renowned leader in the industry, id Software has forged frenetic titles such as Wolfenstein 3-D, DOOM, DOOM II, QUAKE and QUAKE II. With intense graphics and mind-blowing adventure, id’s games continually break retail and shareware sales records. id¹s advanced QUAKE II engine is leading the next revolution in 3-D interactive games with both single and multiplayer technology. And, in keeping with tradition, id Software amplifies the world of adrenaline pumping 3-D gaming with the development of their latest action title, QUAKE III Arena. Check out more about id Software at

About Loki Entertainment Software

A privately held company, Loki Entertainment Software has headquarters in Orange County, California and was established in 1998. Loki meets a pent-up need in the Linux community by providing fully-supported, shrink-wrapped games for sale through traditional retail channels worldwide. Loki’s first Linux title, Civilization: Call to Power was recently awarded Linux Journal’s award for Best End User Product of 1999. Loki has released 6 front-line Linux game titles this year. For more information, visit

About Linux

First created in 1991 by Linus Torvalds, Linux is now the fastest growing operating system in the world according to a recent International Data Corporation (IDC) study. Currently, it is estimated that Linux is used by some 8 million people worldwide. With advanced features such as true multi-user and multi-tasking capabilities, Linux has inspired a steadily growing number of individuals and businesses to adopt Linux for a wide range of functions: as servers, for networking, for software development, and more recently as a desktop and gaming platform. (Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds)

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6 Responses to “Linux Quake 3: Arena Retail From Loki!”

  1. icepick Says:

    I wouldn’t call that “near-simultaneously”. Would anyone want to guess this is because of Christmas or just the way it would work out.

    I’m hoping that the cd gets here sooner.

  2. genescott Says:

    So we’re going to end up with low Linux market numbers again because the Linux crowd overlaps with the “I need it now!” gamer crowd..

    Would be interesting to see what the numbers would be for a game that was released exactly simultaneously and with the same features of the ‘other’ version. Eg, not excluding midi, cutscenes, iconize during play, and being the same price.

    They said the Linux binaries would be out after christmas right? So let’s see.. Buy the Windows version now, play it for a month, then get the Linux binaries after christmas. Results? 25 more days of playing Quake 3, cheaper than the Linux ver, and you’d have a Linux playable game at the same time you would have if you bought the Linux ver. :P

  3. Nechaboi Says:

    Hearing Dec. 27th was like a rail through the rib cage. I’m still gonna wait to buy the Linux version. I think it’s a point worth making.

  4. RobSeace Says:

    That’s just the date that the retail versions are supposed to
    show up on store shelves… If you pre-order from Loki, you
    can get just the game CD-ROM itself much sooner, and then get
    the nifty tin box and manual and other crap sent to you after

  5. Crusader Says:

    If you pre-order now from Loki, you should get it in a few days (read the shipping notes, they’re Fed-Ex 2-day delivering shipping the CD’s once they have the gold master, which I assume they already have). So I’m assuming if you pre-order, say today, you’d get them Monday. Which is far before December 27th :).

  6. weisserw Says:

    I ordered mine :)

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