'Quake Champions' Heads Into Closed Beta, Playable At PAX East

Bethesda and id Software are keeping their promise on the timing of the closed beta for Quake Champions. The publisher and developer, respectively, announced that fans can now sign up for the closed beta for the latest entry in the popular FPS series.

In addition to the announcement, the studio also created a new website where you can find out more information about each champion, arena, and weapon. You can also use it to sign up for the beta session, although the studio hasn't revealed when that will start. There’s also a new trailer that you can watch that shows off even more gameplay footage.

Prior to the closed beta, fans were able to see some extended gameplay at Quakecon, where id Software hosted an exhibition match between groups of competitive players. The game was officially announced at E3 last year.

Even with the closed beta announcement, the game might still be far from its final version. The beta might go on for some time before the studio believes the game is ready for release. Other than the closed beta, you’ll be able to play the game this weekend at PAX East in Boston.

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NameQuake Champions
TypeFirst-person shooter
Developerid Software
PublisherBethesda Softworks
Where To BuyN/A
Release DateTBD
  • dstarr3
    So disappointed that this is more like Quake III Arena II, rather than Quake V, or a especially Quake I reboot kinda thing. I think there's a big opportunity and desire these days for a kind of Lovecraftian single-player FPS like Quake I was.

    But rather, we're getting an online-only multiplayer shooter, and I just have no interest in that. And I know that a lot of people DO want that, but they're also spoiled for choice for that at the moment. This is just kind of an "Us, too!" kind of thing from iD, when they've never really be an "Us, too!" kind of studio.
  • coolitic
    All the newer Quake games seem to be pretty mediocre imo.
  • dstarr3
    19394901 said:
    All the newer Quake games seem to be pretty mediocre imo.

    Don't get me wrong, I loved Q3A. I just don't want another one. There's a real single-player-focused FPS renaissance going on right now and another single-player Quake right now would be amazing. The problem is that while Quake I was its very own unique, distinctive thing, Quake II and IV were very much just about shooting aliens in space, which Half-Life and Halo did much better.