I would really like to start playing a duel game on a regular basis but at the moment there's nothing to play. QuakeLive is just a re-release of the decade old Quake 3 only with more bugs and without mods or decent maps so is of absolutely no interest to me. I did hold out some hope for Rage but the recent Shacknews article eliminated that so there's pretty much no hope of anything from Id.

I had high expectations for Severity but the game has been removed from Escalation Studios' projects page so has presumably been quietly cancelled.

Apart from Id the only company to have delivered a moderately successful duel game is People Can Fly who are apparently working on an "unnamed action title". Without even knowing if it's a first person game it's hard to get excited, but despite that it's probably the best hope at the moment.

Painkiller: Resurrection is another possibility as it will contain "multiplayer improvements and features aimed at the competitive gaming community" which sounds promising. It's also initially a PC exclusive (with a possible Xbox 360 version later) so it's defiantly being designed with the PC in mind. One possible issue is that it's being developed by a company called Homegrown Studios who I've never heard of but I'll still give the game a look when it comes out.

Mindware (the developers of Painkiller: Overdose) are working on Dreamkiller which looks a lot like Painkiller. Other articles about the game say that multiplayer details will be announced at a later date. I never played Painkiller: Overdoes but heard it wasn't as good as the original. Hopefully they'll have learned what they've did wrong and improve things.

These three are the only games I know of with any potential to be a decent duel game. All of them are in some way related to Painkiller which is a little concerning because I didn't really like the feel of Painkiller or the weapons, though I never played it extensively. Without anything else to play I'll give these three a more thorough try.

Are there any other games to look forward to that might provide a decent duel experience?