After Doom was rebooted, rumors abounded that Quake would be the next classic shooter to get a refresh. Originally created by Id Software, Quake built upon Doom's gameplay and crafted a unique first-person experience that sent players through maze-like stages to battle the game's monsters using various weapons. Subsequent entries in the series built up the game's multiplayer aspects, eventually ditching the single-player experience in favor of arena-based multiplayer combat.
Now, that multiplayer experience is set to take center stage once again with the unveiling of Quake Champions. Bethesda Softworks released a cinematic first-look trailer for the game during its 2016 E3 showcase event on Sunday night.
The Quake Champions reveal trailer doesn't feature any gameplay, but it does give fans a look at some of the character options they'll have when the game is released. Each of the characters will have his or her own skillset, allowing players to choose characters based on their preferred playstyles or the strengths and weaknesses of others playing on their team. The game will release exclusively on PC, and more information about the game will be made available in the coming months (likely during QuakeCon, which runs from August 4-7).
The official synopsis accompanying the announcement reads:
The fast, skill-based arena-style competition that turned the original Quake games into multiplayer legends is making a triumphant return with Quake Champions. Running at an impressive 120hz with unlocked framerates, id Software’s new multiplayer shooter is getting ready to take PC gaming by storm once more.
Quake Champions features a roster of unique characters, each with their own distinctive abilities, allowing you to fight the way you want. Get your first look at Quake Champions and some of its heroes in the cinematic reveal trailer, debuted during the #BE3 2016 Showcase.To stay up to date with all the latest information on Quake Champions, head to Quake.com.
Having the game run at 120hz with unlocked framerates sounds pretty impressive, suggesting that it will be a visual treat for those with higher-end systems. No system specs or graphics modes are available as yet, but there's a good chance we can expect an Ultra graphics mode to let Quake Champions really shine. Of course, it remains to be seen how powerful of a rig players will need to take full advantage of that graphical power.
Some fans may be skeptical as to whether Quake Champions can recapture the old Quake magic now that so many other FPS games have come and gone. Given how well the Doom reboot was received by a lot of fans, though, there likely isn't much cause to worry. After all, Id Software made Doom and is making Quake Champions as well, so the series is still in good hands.
Quake Champions will release exclusively on PC, though no release date has been set. Screen Rant will keep you updated as more details become available.
Source: Bethesda Softworks