A battle unfolds in Quake Champions

It looks like Quake Champions is coming along smoothly, as Bethesda has announced that the open beta will be going live in the near future. Get ready to slay your friends this weekend!

While we knew that Quake Champions would be running an open beta at some point, we didn't expect it would come quite so quickly. According to a recent report from Gamespot, FPS fans everywhere can get in on the action starting this weekend and, even better, the beta will keep running for over a week. Set to launch on May 12, the "large-scale tech test" will be available for all comers through May 21.

You can still sign up for the closed beta through the Quake Champions website, and we'd recommend you go ahead and do that just to be on the safe side. We don't know if the Quake open beta will simply be open to everyone, or if it will be based on everyone who signs up receiving a code. For the five seconds it will take you to sign up, we say better safe than sorry.

When the open beta goes live, players will also have access to a new 4v4 mode called "Sacrifice." The description makes it sound like some sort of zone control mode where players work together to "dominate the arenas," but we assume they named it Sacrifice for a good reason. We suppose all questions will be answered come May 12, as the new mode will be playable throughout the entirety of the open beta.

We first got word that Quake Champions would be coming about a year ago, with Bethesda and id Software explaining that this latest incarnation of the fan-favorite arena shooter would be departing from the usual formula. For starters, this will be a class-based affair. In the past, Quake was basically a pure arena shooter, meaning players dropped into levels with basically the same gear and stats and relied on what they found on the field of battle to earn their victories. With classes being introduced, that should shake up the formula nicely.

Secondly, Quake Champions will be a free-to-play game, which probably also helps explain the shift to class-based characters. We figure new characters from the various classes will launch pretty regularly, giving players something to spend their money on. Still, despite the shift to classes, the game appears to be classic Quake gameplay; folks will just have a more specialized way to play this time around.

Finally, it's worth noting that the game is currently exclusive to PC. There's always a chance a console version might arrive down the road but, right now, id Software is focusing on nailing things down on a single platform.

If you like what you see in the beta, get ready to enjoy Quake Champions in all of its violent glory at an unspecified time later this year.

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