The upcoming return of Quake looks to have learnt a thing or two from League of Legends. Quake Champions is still an arena-based shooter; but it will also be free to play at launch. Players with money can still opt to buy the Champion Pack. Which brings its own benefits.
F2P mode offers a limited selection of Champions for players to choose from. Essentially, there is only one hero really available for free. Players can then play games to earn an in-game currency called Favour. Spending favour allows them to use other heroes in games for a limited amount of time.
Creative director Tim Willits told Polygon that he doesn’t want to used the word “rent” for the model. Although, that pretty much describes what is happening in this case.
Players who would rather not spend time earning in-game currency to play Champions can instead buy the Champion Pack and gain permanent access to all the characters. That said, there’s no word on how much this Champion Pack will cost. We’re expecting it to be in the range of other triple-A titles.
Quake Champions is a modern take on the game that pretty much started the genre. The trailer shows a game that retains the fast-paced action and non-stop movement. Classic moves like the rocket-jump are also still there. Which should be the case since it was invented in Quake.
What is new to the game are the various characters with individual powers. The include things like cloaking and wall jumps. Each Champion also has a different amount of health and armour; leading to a little more flavour to the game.
Quake Champions doesn’t have a release date yet, and Bethesda seems to be taking its time in getting the game done. Still, it’ll be something to see if the venerable classic can make a comeback after decades of neglect. After all, Doom managed to come back with one of the best shooters of 2016.