I remember playing “Quake 3 Arena” and “Unreal Tournament” back when they both first came out and basically having my life changed. I mean, these games pretty much had no real predecessor. They were both frantic, fast-paced, arena-style death matches and are among the best shooters ever made. After a very long time, we’re finally getting a new Quake game – Quake Champions.
At E3 2018, iD Software and their publisher, Bethesda, revealed a trailer for the upcoming game and it looks pretty cool. If you haven’t seen it already, you can check it out below:
Despite the fact that the trailer says that you can “Play Now,” the game is actually in a bit of a weird spot in terms of pricing/availability. It’s intended to be a free-to-play game at release, but that isn’t until some time away. Right now, it’s still in Early Access on Steam. Under normal conditions, this would mean that you can only play it if you drop $30 USD for the Champions Pack. Luckily for us, it just so happens that Bethesda is currently running a promotion making the game free to download until June 25th.
Similar to a lot of other games these days, “Quake Champions” has a rotating pool of champions and some mechanics through which players can accumulate points required to permanently unlock their favorites. Considering that there is no official release date yet, you could get a major head start on the competition if you download the game on Steam before the 25th.
As a huge fan of “Quake 3 Arena,” you can bet that I’m going to download it and give it a try. Though after testing it a bit, I may just end up having to keep it in my library of games for later play. Too many games right now and so little time! Even if you’re not sure whether or not you’d be interested in playing the game, I’d definitely suggest picking it up now while it’s free and giving it a chance. It’s Quake guys – it’s gotta be good!
Featured image courtesy of iD Software