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By now a lot of you have probably feasted your eyes on the Quake 2 real-time ray-traced lighting video that’s been doing the rounds since January. Created by former Nvidia inter Christoph Schied, this brings the RTX experience to Id Software’s classic (and ancient) 1997 shooter.
3DRealms, they of Duke Nukem 3D fame, have announced Wrath: Aeon of Ruin, a new first-person-shooter powered by the 23-years-old Quake 1 engine.
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.
Things are getting heated in our best game series in 2017 showdown. It's round eight, the halfway point of the first batch of knockouts, and it's time for an old-school showdown. These four franchises have a staggering 94 years of gaming experience between them. Only one of these gaming geriatrics can earn a place in the semi-finals though. It's Civilization v Quake v Doom v XCOM as we decided the best game franchises of all time.
The wizards at id Software have been on a bit of a roll lately. Last year they brought DOOM back from the dead in style, and in 2017 it's the turn of the arena shooter king - Quake. The Quake Champions Beta is available to download and play now, offering up hyper-kinetic FPS action with plenty of giblety chunks. Interestingly, it doesn't run on the same idTech 6 game engine which powers DOOM. Instead id Software has opted to use a hybrid engine composed of id Tech and Saber Tech (Halo Online, TimeShift, NBA Playgrounds). This means no native Vulkan or VR support. Was it the right move? Let's find out.
After a few months of being tucked away in Closed Beta, Quake Champions will be available for all to play from this Friday. The large scale tech test will take place from May 12th until May 21st, and players only need to register their interest in the beta in order to guarantee themselves a code for the event.
Look, I need precious reasons to write about a new Quake, which is why I’m hoovering up a trailer for the newly unveiled Ranger champion from Quake Champions. He sounds OP as f**k, using a Dire Orb to teleport to otherwise inaccessible ledges and dodge attacks, while his passive ability, Son of a Gun, reduces self-inflicted damage by 20%, making him the perfect champion for a sport of rocket jumping. Swoon.
UPDATE: 28/04/2017 - Drop the flaming pitcforks ladies and gents, AMD has moved swiftly to calm the outrage that popped up when an advert for Quake Champions was installed on users' desktops as part of the latest Radeon 17.4.4 driver. Since yesterday, AMD has updated the 17.4.4 Dawn of War of Drivers and removed the Quake Champions URL shortcut from appearing on the desktop.
Nvidia’s release of its latest GeForce 381.65 WHQL graphics driver is bittersweet for me. On the one hand it provides the optimal gaming experience for the upcoming Quake Champions Closed Beta, while on the other, where’s my invite id?
We’ve had plenty of teasers of Quake Champions, Id Software’s upcoming rebirth of its classic arena shooter, but we’ve had precious little gameplay to feast on. Now id has released what it likes to call raw footage, showing two minutes of uncut action from its hyper-kinetic action. Evidently whoever was playing is mighty proud of their kill streak and just wanted to show off.
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.