id software is making Quake III Arena (Q3A) available for Mac OS X Beta.

Project manager Graeme Devine says the company is working on the product and that it should be available "at the same time as the next Quake update for other platforms".

The imminent release will improve the game's performance and ready it for a new add-on pack called Team Arena – designed to add team-play options.

Rather than release the current version of Q3A for OS X and then update it, id has opted to wait until the new version is ready.

Mac gamers have been expecting Q3A for OS X to appear since it was announced at this year’s Worldwide Developers Conference.