It’s been nearly two decades since Quake 3 came out and set a new standard for competitive FPS games. With Quake Champions, the folks over at id Software want to bring back that old style of FPS and introduce it to a new generation of gamers. There has already been a bit of controversy regarding some of the changes to the old formula, with some fans believing that the “Champions” system doesn’t really fit the series. But while speculation prior to playing a game is all fine and dandy, a hands-on experience is always better. Luckily, some fans will get the opportunity to try out the game for themselves very soon as the Quake Champions Closed Beta is just around the corner.
When and Where
Unlike a lot of other developers, id Software didn’t make a big fuss about the upcoming test and simply revealed in a tweet last week that the Closed Beta will start Thursday, April 6. As expected, the company also announced that only a select few will be allowed to test the game for now, with more to be added over time. Registrations for the Quake Champions Closed Beta have been live for some time now and it looks like you can still sign up if you haven’t already by heading over to the official website. According to the confirmation email you get after signing up, invitations are supposed to be sent “this week.” The email doesn’t mention if the invitations are being sent before the Closed Beta actually kicks off, so don’t lose hope if you haven’t received an invitation yet. Quake Champions will be exclusive to PC so the where part is pretty self-explanatory.
System Requirements (or lack thereof)
Interestingly enough, id Software haven’t revealed the system requirements for the Closed Beta just yet so all we can do is speculate at this time. Our best guess is that Quake Champions should have requirements that are more or less similar to those of DOOM. The two games use different engines and Quake Champions is said to be less graphically intensive than DOOM was, so you’ll probably be okay with a less powerful GPU. At the same time, you’ll still want a decent rig if you’re looking for a smooth framerate.
If Quake 3 is any indication, Quake Champions will have a lot going on on screen when you’re in combat (which is pretty much always) and that takes a fair amount of power. Also keep in mind that this is a Closed Beta test, which means that the game isn’t optimized just yet and will likely eat up more resources than the final version. With that in mind, check out bellow the recommended system requirements for DOOM to get an idea of what you might need in order to play the Quake Champions Closed Beta. As mentioned, though, no official information is available right now so take this with a grain of salt.
- OS: Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions)
- Processor: Intel Core i7-3770/AMD FX-8350 or better
- Memory: 8 GB RAM (16 GB most likely)
- Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 970 4GB/AMD Radeon R9 290 4GB or better
- Storage: 55 GB available space
While we don’t have a lot to work with when it comes to the Closed Beta, we do have a pretty good indication regarding the actual gameplay. Quake Champions is, for the most part, a traditional multiplayer-only arena shooter where speed and skill are all that matter. What makes it different compared to Quake 3 are its Champions, some of which you already know if you’re a veteran Quake player and some of which you don’t. Returning characters include the likes of Ranger, Slash, Nyx, Visor, Sorlag, and Anarki, with more to come. We don’t know how many members of the old lineup will be playable in Quake Champions but here’s hoping that eventually all of them will make an appearance.
As for the new Champions system, it basically means that every character now has a couple of unique abilities, different movement speeds as well as varying amounts of health and armor. At first glance, this is a pretty big departure from the old formula, however, in practice these new abilities don’t seem to change the game as much as one would think. Before you ask, no, it’s nothing like Overwatch. The main focus is still on the gunplay and taking out your opponents as quickly as possible while frantically dodging and jumping around. According to a Gamespot article from last month, their hands-on experience with the game indicates that Quake Champions stays true to its legacy despite all these changes. Guess we’ll find out soon enough.
Quake Champions is scheduled to launch sometime later this year. id Software have confirmed that the game will be free-to-play, however, the free version will only unlock a single character, Ranger. Additional characters can be unlocked for a limited time with in-game currency or if you want to avoid all the hassle, you can simply purchase the game and get access to everything from the get-go.
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