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Bethesda has been on a roll lately with getting people interested in first-person shooters. Doom rocked the marketplace last year with glowing reviews and respectably high sales. There's Wolfenstein 2 on the horizon this fall. Brink just went free-to-play, and now Quake Champions is available in Early Access on Steam.
The announcement was covered by Gamespot, which is reporting that id Software's Quake Champions is available both on Steam and through the Bethesda.net launcher. Unlike its near relative, Brink, the reboot of Quake is not free-to-play. You will have to pony up $30 shiny, digital dollars to get your hands on the re-imagining of the original 3D multiplayer, arena shooter. As noted by Gamespot, the premium package comes with all of the Champions, and three loot chests.
The current version of the game in Early Access contains 11 different unique Champions. The Champions play out very similar to other hero shooter games, not unlike Overwatch or Paladins. The game currently has eight playable arena maps, some of which are specifically designed for the Team Deathmatch, normal Deathmatch, Sacrice and Duel modes.
The Champions include many of the classic characters featured throughout the Quake universe, dating back to the original game from 1996, which helped redefine the first-person shooter genre. For the Early Access release of the game, id Software also announced that a new Champion in the form of the Doom Slayer from the 2016 outing of Doom is playable in the game. The Doom Slayer comes with an active Berserk ability, along with a passive double jump skill.
The game will have microtransactions during its full release, and throughout the Early Access run, id Software will begin to slowly introduce purchasable customization items to Quake Champions for players to modify and alter their Champions to their liking.
You can currently unlock some skins in the game by collecting the Lore Scrolls hidden throughout each of the maps. There are also some new Rune Codex features added in, where you can unlock new cosmetic items by completing Rune Challenges.
Two new maps were also introduced into the game, including the Church of Azathoth and Tempest Shrine. Both can be played in the Sacrifice, Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch game modes.
Nine new weapon skins have also been added to the game, including three weapon skins from Quake 1, a skin from Quake 4, a Quake 3 skin, and a special QuakeCon skin for the Lightning Gun. Oh, the team also added the shotgun skin from Doom 2 for the Doom shotgun.
The customization doesn't end there, though. There's also the new custom weapon shaders that are available, too.
Many of the other changes in the latest update for Quake Champions centers around fixing the game, whether it be on the user reporting side, the tech side, or the spectating side.
The game is also being primed for a run on the eSports scene if things go over well with the competitive community. A lot of companies are hoping to cash in on the growing eSports circuit, so don't be surprised if Quake Champions joins in. For now, though, id Software is looking to finish building all the core mechanics and features as the team preps for an early 2018 launch.