updated 12:25 am EDT, Mon August 6, 2007
id may develop for iPhone
During the QuakeCon conference in Dallas, Texas this past week, id Software co-founder and technical director John Carmack expressed interest in the iPhone, saying that he has assigned members of the id Software team to investigate creating software for the platform, and recalled an argument with Steve Jobs over the closed nature of the device's development options. According to a GamaSutra report, Carmack wants Apple to allow the iPhone to have an open development environment. "He described arguing with Steve Jobs about this, and Jobs explained to him that the closed environment was necessary to maintain 'security' for the platform. Carmack flatly said (to the audience) he didn't believe Jobs. Regardless of his differences with Jobs, Carmack thinks the iPhone is 'neat,' and has assigned some of his people to look into developing for it."
During his keynote address at QuakeCon, Carmack also discussed the new game RAGE, which was demonstrated at Apple's Worldwide Developers' Conference (WWDC) earlier this year. Built upon id's next-generation graphics engine, id Tech 5, RAGE is a first-person car racing game with "run-and-gun" play elements similar to other id titles.
More than 6,000 people attended QuakeCon in 2006, and the event has expanded to include the entire series of QUAKE games, Return to Castle Wolfenstein, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory, DOOM 3, and now Enemy Territory: QUAKE Wars.