The first Quake from id Software is still one of the best FPS' around, and yet it's the only game the veteran shooter developer didn't directly return to. None of the subsequent Quake games, such as Quake Champions, ever returned to the gothic Lovecraftian style of the original - which is why it's annoying to find out that a Quake 1 remake was considered.
This is according to John Romero, the veteran designer who worked at id Software on Doom and Quake - and is currently working on gangster strategy title Empire of Sin. According to Romero, a Quake remake had been "thought about" by id Software, but obviously it came to nothing.
John Romero made this revelation in an AMA on Reddit yesterday, specifically on the /pcgaming subreddit. He answered a lot of fan questions, including ones on his time with Doom and Quake - revealing that the Empire of Sin team at Romero Games plays Quake 1 multiplayer every single day.
User bitcoin17000 then asked about a possible remake of Quake 1, to which Romero replied with the surprising news:
"id Software thought about a Q1 remake years ago. Not sure if it will happen, but I'm rooting for it."
If so, it would a pretty unusual circumstance, as id Software has not created remakes of any of its games - unless you include Doom 3 and Doom 2016 as remakes, in which case a full complete single-player Quake reboot in the style of the first game is a very exciting prospect.
However, don't expect a remake of Romero's Daikatana anytime soon. "There is just no viability to the idea. When Daikatana came out, the industry reviled the game and trashed it in all forms of media. Even though it’s been 20 years, the stigma hasn’t gone away. There are many people who love the game and ask me about this, but there’s no publisher that would pay for a sequel or remake (that I know of)."