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Quake III Arena

Developer: id software
Publisher: Activision, Inc.
Release Date: December 2, 1999
Chat-Room: #quake
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Welcome to the Arena, where high-ranking warriors are transformed into spineless mush. Abandoning every ounce of common sense and any trace of doubt, you lunge onto a stage of harrowing landscapes and veiled abysses. Your new environment rejects you with lava pits and atmospheric hazards as legions of foes surround you, testing the gut reaction that brought you here in the first place. Your new mantra: Fight or be finished.

taken from the official website


Magazine features

Computer Gaming World #180 - Jul 1999
Computer Gaming World #186 - Jan 2000
Computer Gaming World #187 - Feb 2000
Computer Gaming World #188 - Mar 2000

Source code availability

The source code was released on August 19th 2005, under the GNU General Public License 2.

How-to-play On-line

The original release still works today! You can play with the original client, or a community driven client based off the source code release.

If you want to use the original disc media, make sure to grab the two patches below! You need to install Point Release 1.32 first, then install 1.32c over it. It is recommended you do not install the game into 'Program Files' under modern Windows, or else it might not save configs.

You can also grab a FTE QuakeWorld executable for your system too! You can host a server using FTE without port-forwarding by changing the 'sv_public' console-variable to '2' after you've set up a listen game. For that open the console using the key combination SHIFT + ESCAPE.


Filename Size Description
q3pointrelease_132.exe 28.1 MB Quake III Arena Point Release 1.32 (Win32)
Quake3-132.pkg.sit 27.8 MB Quake III Arena Point Release 1.32 (Mac OS X) 29.5 MB Quake III Arena Point Release 1.32 (Linux x86) 2.9 MB Quake III Arena Point Release 1.32c 5.46 MB Quake III Arena & Team Arena source code v1.32b 7.8 MB Threewave CTF Addon (ZIP Archive) 7.9 MB Threewave CTF Addon (Win32 Installer inside ZIP)

Third-party downloads

You can find loads of custom levels and mods to play with your install of Quake III Arena by visiting:

..::LvL - Q3A Database

They have existed since 1999 and have been keeping this incredible archive alive for all that time. We encourage you to donate to them if you are able.

Most levels and mods work under FTE QuakeWorld but ioQuake3 is recommended.

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