Bethesda was on a roll last night as they announced several new projects. One of the stand out games that they revealed was a revival of a classic: Quake Champions.
Quake Champions is a PC only competitive multiplayer masterpiece
This new take on Quake combines a character-driven hero type atmosphere with the fast-paced arena multiplayer that was pioneered by the original Quake. They want to take the original story and art-style and mold it into a veritable eSport. You get to play as one of the many different heroes that they say should all be recognizable from the past. The weapons, too, are easily recognized as being delightfully classic. In essence, it’s the evolution of Quake 3, though with far more personality.
“20 years ago, Quake set new standards for multiplayer competition and pushed the boundaries for graphics and gameplay,” said Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software. “It’s important to all of us at id Software that Quake Champions remains true to the Quake legacy, and delivers the speed and gameplay our longtime fans expect, while also pressing forward by introducing new gameplay opportunities with new Champions and abilities.”
Quake Champions is going to be a return to form for the company that nearly started the twitch, competitive multiplayer genre. The game will be only on the PC, meaning that Bethesda will be taking full advantage of all technologies available. That means it’ll be a perfect match for that 120Hz, or more, monitor you’ve been thinking about. In fact, it’ll nearly be required if the level of chaos is anywhere near like that of Quake 3: Arena. There’s no word on release date, though we’re told that a large tournament will be had at QuakeCon in August.