Id Software has announced that Quake Champions will be leaving Closed Beta imminently and will be officially launching as an Early Access title on August 22nd. Yep, proper Early Access, meaning Quake Champions will also be available on Steam as well as Bethesda’s own launcher. Phew.

“With a fast, skill-based game like Quake Champions, nothing is more important than continual testing and refining based on player feedback to ensure the game is balanced, optimized, and fun for all levels of players, from pro to new,” says Tim Willits, Studio Director, id Software. “The Early Access version of Quake Champions is, obviously, a work-in-progress, but represents a solid and robust version of the game, with four modes, 11 Champions, a variety of maps, and a thriving community of fans. Early Access will allow us to work closely with players to improve the game and add additional features before the official launch of Quake Champions in the coming months.”

I’ve already put a few hours into Quake Champions and I can confirm that what is there is a solid experience that runs and looks great. This isn’t your typical Early Access unoptimised disaster.

If you want to get in there early with Quake Champions, it will be available for a cheaper price during this period too. The Champions Pack unlocks all current content as well as all future Champions for a one-off price of $29.99, down from the final retail price of $39.99. That’s a guaranteed 17 Champions with potentially more to come, an exclusive skin and three loot crates. There is also a free-to-play version of Quake Champions coming at a later date, with additional Champions unlocked using the in-game currency.

Quake Champions' Early Access launch also coincides with a major content update. The DOOM Slayer from DOOM is now a playable character, complete with a double jump, while there are also two new maps (Church of Azathoth and Tempest Shrine), Rune challenges, Lore Items, a new tutorial and in-game voice chat.

Quake Champions is available on August 22nd, exclusively on PC.