Quake Champions

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Quake Champions
Cover Art of Quake Champions.jpg
Developer(s) id Software[a]
Publisher(s) Bethesda Softworks
Director(s) Tim Willits[1]
Producer(s) Brandon Riffe
Matthew Charles
Designer(s) Adam Pyle
Programmer(s) Billy Ethan Khan
Artist(s) Shinichiro Hara
Composer(s) Chris Vrenna[2]
Series Quake
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
  • WW: 2018
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Mode(s) Multiplayer

Quake Champions is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, as part of the Quake series of multiplayer shooters. Quake Champions will be the first main entry in the Quake series since 2005's Quake 4.[3] The game is due for release on Microsoft Windows.[4]


Quake Champions was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016, alongside a debut trailer. It will feature a large quantity of playable characters, each boasting their own sets of unique skills.[3] The game is promised to be a "fast paced arena based shooter". It will not be released on consoles due to hardware limitations.[1]

At QuakeCon 2016, creative-director Tim Willits revealed that Quake Champions does not run on the id Tech 6 game engine, but instead works on a hybrid engine made up of id tech and Saber tech, which means a number of the features seen in Doom are not native to Quake Champions,[5] such as virtual reality, Vulkan API, SnapMaps and mod support,[6] although mod support is potentially planned after initial release.[6] It was revealed that Quake Champions was originally considered as an expansion to Quake Live, a revamped version of Quake III Arena released in 2010[7] The game went into closed beta on April 6, 2017.[8] The game was released onto Steam's early access program on August 23, 2017.[citation needed]

It is stated that the game would feature a free-to-play option, allowing players to play as Ranger, with additional characters available for purchase, similar to the model used in Killer Instinct.[9][4]

At E3 2017 it was announced that B.J. Blazkowicz of the Wolfenstein series would be a playable character.[10]

In August, the Doom Slayer from the 2016 video game Doom was confirmed as a playable character, after previously appearing in 1999's Quake III Arena and 2010's Quake Live as Doomguy.[citation needed]

At E3 2018, Bethesda announced the availability of a free-to-play trial that is downloadable on Steam. Players who sign up during the free trial period will be able to keep playing for free after the game launch[11][12] Early access to the game is available for purchase at $30 on Steam. [13]

Andrew Hulshult announced on his Twitter that he will be composing new music for the game. Hulshult previously composed music for Apogee Software titles like 2013's Rise of the Triad and 3D Realms' Bombshell.[14]


  1. ^ Additional work by Saber Interactive


  1. ^ a b Barrett, Ben (June 18, 2016). "Quake: Champions "is not a MOBA" insists id studio director Tim Willits". PCGamesN. Retrieved June 23, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Chris Vrenna writes OST for Quake Champions". PlusForward.net. Retrieved March 25, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Hussain, Tamoor (June 12, 2016). "Watch First Trailer for Doom Dev's Quake: Champions". GameSpot. Retrieved June 12, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b Nunneley, Stephany (March 11, 2017). "Quake Champions will be free, unless you want to buy it". VG247. Retrieved June 3, 2017. 
  5. ^ Stead, Chris (August 11, 2016). "Quake Champions "is not on Id Tech 6"". Finder.com.au. Retrieved August 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ a b Stead, Chris (August 12, 2016). "No SnapMap or mod support for Quake Champions". Finder.com.au. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ Savage, Phil (October 3, 2016). "Quake Champions aims to bring characters to id's arena shooter, will it succeed?". PC Gamer. Retrieved October 3, 2016. 
  8. ^ Peñaflorida, Rexly (March 30, 2017). "New 'Quake Champions' Video Highlights Arnaki, Closed Beta Set For April". tomshardware.com. Retrieved March 31, 2017. 
  9. ^ Hall, Charlie (March 10, 2017). "Quake Champions will be free, unless you want to buy it". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved May 31, 2017. 
  10. ^ Hall, Charlie (June 12, 2017). "Quake Champions adds Wolfenstein's B.J. Blazkowicz, announces $1 million tournament". Polygon. Vox Media. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  11. ^ "Quake® Champions Official Website | Get into the Quake Champions Free-to-Play Trial!". Quake. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  12. ^ "Quake Champions To Get Free Trial This Week Only - Siliconera". Siliconera. 2018-06-10. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  13. ^ Dayus, Oscar (2018-06-10). "E3 2018: Quake Champions Is Free Forever If You Download This Week". GameSpot. Retrieved 2018-06-11. 
  14. ^ @AndrewHulshult (5 Jul 2018). "I am incredibly honored to be making new music for Quake Champions" (Tweet) – via Twitter. 

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