How is it that John Carmack is considered so cool? I mean, by us too - we think he's extremely cool. But if the world were a giant school playground, he'd be cowering by a wall, his thick-framed glasses broken above the bridge of his nose, his briefcase (he'd so be that kid) emptied out in a pile, his lunch stolen. Because he'd insist on wearing that black cape over his school blazer. This, by the way, is why videogames are great: that kid is our leader, while the bullies are left to stupidly drool through the latest Need For Speed: Look At The Boobies bought from ASDA.
And so it is that Orcs & Elves comes to exist. Back in 1986 Carmack was a legendary Dungeon Master of his own fantasy role-playing game. It's within this universe that Fountainhead's second mobile phone game is set. And now their first DS game.
A conversion of a mobile game doesn't bode well, but when produced by id, and developed by Katherine Anna King (aka Mrs. Carmack), there's reason to take more interest. Especially after the surprise decency of Doom's mobile outing. Orcs & Elves takes its cues therefrom, offering small-scaled, first-person RPG with turn-based combat.
Rage, Wolf movie, Quake Zero, and two hours of John Carmack.
id Software finally unveiled its new game, Rage, and made a number of crowd-pleasing announcements during a densely packed QuakeCon press conference led by CEO Todd Hollenshead and the show's keynote address from John Carmack.
EA has released more details for the recently confirmed DS version of Orcs & Elves, an action role-playing game originally conceived for mobile phones.
The extra grunt of Nintendo's handheld has let developer id Software bring in 3D graphics, as well as splash out on more levels, items and monsters from the new Dwarven kingdom area. And touch-screen input is said to be an area the team is keen to get to grips with.
"Orcs & Elves was a perfect fit for the DS," said John Carmack, founder and technical director at id Software. "We were able to take excellent advantage of the 3D hardware and unique user input capabilities, and expand the game to include a lot of wonderful features that we just couldn't fit on the cell phones."
id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead has confirmed to Eurogamer that Orcs & Elves, the company's mobile phone action role-player, is in development for DS.
Updating us on the state of the company's project-load, Hollenshead said: "We just had the announcement that Orcs & Elves is in development for the DS with Electronic Arts, by Fountainhead Entertainment. I think that came out in the press release yesterday. If it didn't... announcement!"
Technology guru John Carmack had previously said they were "hoping" to do one, but now it appears it's all in order.