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Flex your trigger fingers, the arena shooting king is back. The Quake Champions Closed Beta is kicking off soon and id Software has just opened up beta signups, giving players a sneak peek at the fast-paced fragging on offer. It’s joined by an all-new trailer showing off a decent slice of lighting-quick gameplay with all our best friends returning, including the rocket launcher, bladed gauntlet and the iconic rail gun.
There were plenty of eyebrows raised in console-land when it was revealed Quake Champions would be a PC exclusive. It’s not often a first-person shooter doesn’t come to console at all these days, but there’s a simple answer according to Bethesda - the consoles just can’t handle Quake Champions.
Grab your bibs, because the latest set of Dishonored 2 screenshots straight from QuakeCon look particularly droolworthy. Maybe it’s my eyes deceiving me but it seems as if the sequel has been given a bit of a visual upgrade since we last saw it at E3 this year; the Void Engine graphics engine really coming into its own when rendering Dishonored 2’s large-scale environments.
At last, the gods of gaming news are smiling down upon us once more. The annual QuakeCon event has been going down in Texas, the one stop shop for all things awesome in the world of first-person shooters. The first of these nuggets, and perhaps the most important, is a brand spanking new in-game trailer for PC exclusive FPS Quake Champions. Just in case you had any doubts as to whether this would be a proper Quake game, rest assured, it most certainly is.
If you listened carefully there were some murmurings of discontent when id Software and Bethesda announced Quake Champions at E3 2016. It’s not coming to console in any shape or form you see, arriving as a PC exclusive because on the world's most powerful gaming platforms there are “No excuses and no limitations.”
I’ll be the first to admit I wasn’t expecting id Software and Bethesda to announce a new game so soon after DOOM, but Quake Champions was revealed during the live conference overnight. Coming exclusively to PC, Quake Champions will be an online only multiplayer arena shooter, focused on quick reactions and fast-paced gameplay.
I’ve had a good few days to get to grips with the DOOM reboot and I have to admit it’s rather special. It’s a whole lot better than a modern DOOM has any right to be, with just the right fusion of gameplay throwbacks and modern mechanics. It’s made me excited for what id Software could do next, which, on the basis of a new job posting, could well be a Quake reboot. Oh lordy.
Originally created as an event dedicated to all things id, Bethesda’s swallowing up of its subsidiary means we also get a peek at some of the other projects coming from the publisher. And games don’t come much bigger than Fallout 4. Bethesda’s post-apocalyptic sequel is out in November, and it found time at QuakeCon to squeeze out a few more juicy details.
Quake Live has had a massive update ahead of its imminent launch on Steam, bringing in a raft of changes and improvements to the classic Quake III Arena formula. But, and there’s always a but, the fans aren't happy, with many outraged at the alterations occurring to id Software’s beloved shooter.
id Software has shown off the latest Doom game exclusively to QuakeCon attendees in Dallas. The reboot will simply be titled Doom, and will be running on the all-new id Tech 6 game engine that will be capable of 1080p and 60 fps gaming on the next-gen consoles.
Doom 4 will be exclusively revealed to attendees at this year’s QuakeCon 2014 event on July 17th.

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