Quakecon 2012 kicks off this week! Here’s the full schedule, but what will be announced?

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This year’s celebration of all things id Software, Bethesda Softworks and, of course, Quake, has certainly snuck up on us this year and kicks off just a little later this week!

What are we talking about? The annual QuakeCon event in Dallas, Texas of course!

QuakeCon 2012 Banner Logo

As always, the opening of QuakeCon this year will be made official by a keynote speech by id Software co-founder, Technical Director and all-round legendary game developer, John Carmack, while a host of other activities and developer panels are planned for the duration of the show.

QuakeCon 2012 takes place at the Hilton Anatole Hotel in Dallas, Texas from August 2nd to the 5th – here’s a run-down of all of the panels attendees can expect at the event:

Welcome and Annual Keynote with John Carmack:

Thursday, August 2nd at 2:00pm

The Game of Making Games

  • Friday, August 3rd at 11.30am
  • Jens Matthies, MachineGames
  • Raphael Colantonio, Arkane Studios
  • Ted Price, Insomniac Games
  • Todd Howard, Bethesda Game Studios
  • Moderated by Blair Herter, G4TV

Capture the Fan: Making Multiplayer Games That Last

  • Friday, August 3rd at 1pm
  • Chet Faliszek, Valve Software
  • Marty Stratton, id Software
  • Max Hoberman, Certain Affinity
  • Moderated by Kevin Kelly, Wizard World

Looking Back at Looking Glass

  • Friday, August 3rd at 2.30pm
  • Austin Grossman
  • Emil Pagliarulo, Bethesda Game Studios
  • Tom Leonard, Valve Software
  • Moderated by Harvey Smith, Arkane Studios

Talking Shop: Skyrim, Modding and Steam

  • Friday, August 3rd at 4pm
  • Chet Faliszek, Valve Software
  • Joel Burgess, Bethesda Game Studios
  • Moderated by Nick Breckon, Bethesda Softworks

Virtual Insanity

  • Friday, August 3rd at 6pm
  • John Carmack, id Software
  • Michael Abrash, Valve Software
  • Palmer Luckey, ModRetro
  • Moderated by Todd Hollenshead, id Software

GameTrailers’ Bonus Round

  • Saturday, August 4th at 11am
  • Adam Sessler, Industry Veteran
  • Harvey Smith, Arkane Studios
  • Michael Pachter, Wedbush Securities
  • Raphael Colantonio, Arkane Studios
  • Moderated by Geoff Keighley, GameTrailers TV

Celebrating id Modding

  • Saturday, August 4th at 12.30pm
  • Brendon Chung, Blendo Games
  • Robert Duffy, id Software
  • JP LeBreton, Double Fine
  • Moderated by Justin Blankenship, Hit Detection

Idle Thumbs Podcast: Arena

  • Saturday, August 4th at 1.30pm
  • Chris Remo, Double Fine
  • Jake Rodkin, Telltale Games
  • JP LeBreton, Double Fine
  • Nick Breckon, Bethesda Softworks
  • Steve Gaynor, The Fullbright Company

Are you going to QuakeCon 2012? Looking forward to the show and upcoming announcements? Here’s a highlights video from last year’s show, as well as the exhibition times if you want to keep up with the event:

QuakeCon 2011 Highlights

QuakeCon Exhibit Hall Hours

  • Thursday, August 4 | 10am ‒ 6pm
  • Friday, August 5 | 10am ‒ 6pm
  • Saturday, August 6 | 10am ‒ 6pm

What do you hope to come out of QuakeCon 2012? An announcement regarding a certain DOOM game, perhaps?

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