At least year’s E3 event, Bethesda unveiled the return to a classic FPS franchise with the well-reviewed Doom reboot. At this year’s event, the company announced a new entry in another classic FPS series, in the form of Quake Champions, which will be the first new Quake game since Quake 4 released in 2005.
Bethesda announced Quake Champions with a CG trailer that showed off some of the characters in the game, as well as their abilities, which include thermal vision and teleportation. These unique character abilities appear to be a major part of the gameplay in Quake Champions, perhaps indicating that it is taking cues from the MOBA genre and FPS games like Overwatch.
Even though Quake Champions appears to be embracing this relatively new style of gameplay, fans can rest assured that the game will stay true to its roots. As confirmed by Bethesda during the company’s E3 2016 press conference, Quake Champions will still be an arena multiplayer FPS.
While Quake Champions appears to be staying true to the franchise’s roots in terms of core gameplay, it will also be designed with new players in mind. How exactly Quake Champions will be made more accessible to players of lower skill levels wasn’t specified during Bethesda’s press conference.
Something else that wasn’t specified during Bethesda’s press conference was whether or not Quake Champions will have a console release. The fact that one of the selling points of the new Quake game is that it will have a completely unlocked frame rate seems to suggest a PC-only release, as does the game’s presenter at E3 referring to it merely as a “PC shooter.”
Fans can look forward to learning more about Quake Champions in a couple month’s time, as Bethesda plans to showcase it at QuakeCon in August. It is then that we may learn of all the platforms that Quake Champions is in development for, and perhaps see the first substantial gameplay footage of it as well.
We will have more to share regarding Quake Champions then. In the meantime, it will be interesting to see how fans will react to the apparent changes that are being made to the franchise, and if the return to the series will be as successful as the Doom reboot. Time will tell, but with Bethesda’s track record as of late, Quake fans should be excited.
Quake Champions doesn’t have a release date, and so far it’s only confirmed platform is PC.