Quake Champions Will be Both Full Priced and Free-to-Play

Written by Jon Sutton on Sun, Mar 12, 2017 12:47 PM
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There’s been a bit of a question mark hanging over how Bethesda and id Software would deliver Quake Champions to PC gamers. Would it be a full-priced title a la DOOM and Overwatch? Or would id seek the largest possible audience and go the free-to-play route? The answer is, well, both. You can either buy the Quake Champions - Champion Pack and get the complete version of the game with all playable Champions, or you can go the Free-to-Play route and have a limited roster of champions to pick from.

Whatever happens, whether you go F2P or full-priced, all additional maps and modes will be totally free; your only real concern is unlocking the Champions (Quake Champion’s version of MOBA Heroes, each with unique powers).

Where things get a little tricky for F2P Quake Champions players is the in-game currency, called ‘Favor’. This can be earned from just playing matches and can be spent on unlocking other Champions for a limited period of time. “I don’t want to use the word rent,” said Tim Willits, creative director. “You do spend favor to have access to them for a limited amount of time, yes. But you don't spend any real money on it.” Admittedly Willits avoiding the term ‘rent’ is laughable. This is a rental system, plain and simple.

Favor can bought with cash, or it can be earned. Willets says “The goal is to minimize that sense of grind that comes in other free-to-play titles. Favor will be easy to earn.” F2P players are free to trade in Favor for other Champions, but they can also buy backpacks which open up DOOM-style Rune Challenges. Complete these and you can potentially reveal new Champions and player-made skins.

It’s an interesting approach, that’s for a sure, giving players. I’m totally averse to any F2P game mechanics so to me I would only play Quake Champions if I could pay a flat sum and gain access to everything, while others would prefer to pay nothing and inject a bit of cash as and when they need it.

Would you rather pay full-price for Quake Champions or go the F2P route? Can you see this method of offering both options becoming a success? Do you agree with a rental system? Let us know!

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17:25 Mar-13-2017

a superb idea, hate playing for hundreds of hours to get decent characters in mobas

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07:51 Mar-13-2017

The next e-sport monster is here. I just hope the pay content won't be the full unlocked heroes and we need to unlock them by playing this game if we play it for free. Look for example dota 2. Everything you don't need to buy anything to become good and yet it is so popular.

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16:17 Mar-12-2017

Would be funny if she pick a chair before knock em from behind.

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15:17 Mar-12-2017

This IMO atleast, is a pretty good idea.
Have good hopes for this one. Hope it doesnt suffer any optimization problems, but since its iD i think that wont be a problem.

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15:21 Mar-12-2017

They are targetting PC players with 120Hz+ screens with this one, so they're gonna make their damnest sure this hits the frames :D

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15:36 Mar-12-2017

And the fast paced gameplay means that the devs cant even afford a setback like that. The hype will just die before they can fix it.

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14:45 Mar-12-2017

Jon, Jon, Jon...
"[...]you’re only real concern[...]"

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14:48 Mar-12-2017

As for the game itself - I'll try F2P as a demo and then, if I like it, pay the asking price to do away with the nonsense...

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09:50 Mar-14-2017

I humbly apologise. These fingers are too quick for their own good.

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12:52 Mar-12-2017

See kids? This is the future!
Base games become free and you only pay for the DLC XD

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