Bethesda launched the full schedule for QuakeCon 2021 before today, before the August 19 launch. It's a completely digital issue, with a good mix of live plays focused on Doom, Deathloop, Fallout 76, The Elder Scrolls Online and yes: Quake.
In fact, it will probably be interesting for Quake, because a modified list for the "Let's Talk About Quake" event on Saturday morning referred to a "revitalized" version of the 1996 shooter.
Here is the original description of the list of events, via Wayback Machine:
"Quake is back, in this special stream, John Linneman of Digital Foundry talks to Jerk Gustafsson of Machine Games about the iconic legacy of the title and what it meant to both of them. The couple will also discuss the additional content that Machine Games has contributed to this revitalization. edition ".
For me, at least, “revitalized” doesn’t mean “redo,” so this could end up being a slightly expanded reissue, probably focused on consoles. Bethesda re-released Doom and its sequel in 2019 for consoles, adding a bunch of fanmade map packs and some small performance improvements over previous ports.
I could be wrong: MachineGames involvement may point to something bigger than the recent Doom treatment, but it could also mean that the reissue will include that of MachineGames 20th anniversary earthquake episode. The Wolfenstein: New Order studio released that episode in 2016 as a nice tribute to the anniversary, and you can still do it download it here if you want.
If the deleted list is true and not just an extremely weird typo, there’s every chance we get the announcement on Thursday: at 2pm EDT there’s a live 25th anniversary Quake live broadcast co-hosted by id Software and MachineGames.
Below is a handy guide to what’s happening at QuakeCon 2021 (click on the arrows at the top right of the image to zoom in). For more detailed information, see the full QuakeCon 2021 schedule here.