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Quake Champions’s “Burial Chamber” Arena looks like it was ripped right out of Doom

A new trailer from Bethesda Softworks and id Software recently unveiled “Burial Chamber,” another Arena set to be included in Quake Champions. While previously-released video footage of the free-to-play shooter had some similarities to last year’s Doom reboot, this Arena looks like it was teleported in directly from the bowels of Hell:

Arena: Burial Chamber
The bones of a massive beast decorate the entry to this massive tomb. Hazardous platforms at the Perilous Outcropping dot the sea of lava, providing an ideal sniping spot for those skilled enough and brave enough to make the leap. With its winding tunnels and low ceilings, the claustrophobic grave sites of the Molten Underground offer up the opportunity for heavier Champions to do some serious splash damage, while the Lava Falls could provide an excellent chokepoint for skilled tacticians. Just be careful to avoid being pushed into the lava, which is a prevalent threat throughout the map.

Quake Champions will be available later this year, but the developers are currently seeking participants for an upcoming Closed Beta. If you’re interested in trying out Quake Champions before its official release, you can sign up for a chance to receive an invitation at Bethesda.net.

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Latest trailer for Quake Champions introduces us to Scalebearer the Galactic Warlord

Sometimes you just need to throw your weight around…

Bethesda Softworks has released a new trailer for Quake Champions, and this time they’ve shone a spotlight on Scalebearer the Galactic Warlord. Using his size to control the battlefield, Scalebearer can crash right through other Champions with his “Bull Rush” Active Ability or crush them under his feet with his “Heavyweight” Passive Ability:

Scalebearer (Galactic Warlord)
This warlord of the marauding Greiss plundered the technology of countless worlds to strengthen his armies. But defeat by a reclusive, phase-shifting race led to his exile. Obsessed with vengeance, he discovered their power source: an ancient shrine holding a seething sphere of liquid within. When at last he slaughtered its guardians and entered, the sphere consumed him – and he vanished. He awoke in the Dreamlands, a bizarre, brutal realm, transformed by arcane energy. Now he seeks a way back to the waking world to regain his command and wield his newfound might.

Active Ability – Bull Rush: The galactic warlord’s active ability, Bull Rush, will let him charge head on against foes in Quake Champions, clobbering your opponents with full force.

Passive Ability – Heavyweight: Scarebearer’s Heavyweight passive allows him to use his extra weight to crush his enemies. Spot an enemy Champion approaching? A well timed rocket jump landing will crush opponents below your feet.

If you’re interested joining the Quake Champions Closed Beta, you can sign up for a chance to receive an invitation to test out the upcoming free-to-play PC game at Bethesda’s official website.

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Two new Quake Champions trailers reveal Nyx the Champion and “Blood Covenant” Arena

Bethesda always strides into Boston in the Spring to put on a big show at PAX East, and this year is no exception. All this weekend, the publisher will give congoers the chance to try out Quake Champions, their upcoming free-to-play arena shooter from id Software.

For those of us following along, the publisher has also unveiled a pair of new trailers for the game. The first focuses on one of the game’s Champions, the Fathom Agent known as Nyx:

Nyx (Fathom Agent)
Starting Health: 100
Starting Armor: 75
Speed: 270

Active Ability — Ghost Walk: Using the Ghost Walk Active Ability moves Nyx into another dimension, instantly making her invisible and immune to damage. Players can use this ability to escape tough battles, maneuver unseen behind unsuspecting enemies, or even avoid damage from incoming projectiles. Re-materializing in the same spot as an enemy will result in an instant Ability Kill.

Passive Ability — Wall Jump: Nyx’s Passive Ability extends her mobility by allowing her to jump twice – once off the floor and another time off of a nearby wall. Wall Jump can help players traverse wide distances between heights or gain the upper hand in a showdown with foes by creating more space to aim and frag.

The second trailer introduces viewers to “Blood Covenant,” an Arena that’s based on Quake III Arena‘s signature map:

Arena: Blood Covenant
Based on one of the most beloved and played maps from Quake III Arena, The Camping Grounds (Q3DM6), Blood Covenant is a modern re-imagining of the legendary Arena. All the favorite sections remain, including the long Jump Pad to the Rocket Launcher, the Quad Damage spawn, the Railgun ledge, and the tightly spaced battles in the Pillars. However, new tricks and secrets await both veterans and new players alike, offering new ways to fight, move, and use Champions’ Active and Passive abilities.

Both trailers can be found after the break. And don’t forget, earlier this week, Bethesda announced that a Closed Beta for Quake Champions will be available soon. (more…)

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Sign up now for the Quake Champions Closed Beta… and play it this weekend at PAX East

Bethesda and id Software have announced that a Closed Beta for Quake Champions will begin “in the coming weeks.” So if you’re interested in re-entering the Arena, head over to Quake.com right now and sign up for the chance to participate.

However, if you’re shipping up to Boston to attend this weekend’s PAX East convention, you’ll also get a chance to play the game in Bethesda’s booth (#18007 and #20007).

To celebrate the Closed Beta, Bethesda has released a brand new gameplay trailer, and they plan to unveil two more gameplay videos (one focusing on a Champion named Nyx and another featuring the “Blood Covenant” Arena) later this week.

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Bethesda will bring Quake Champions, Prey, Elder Scrolls Legends, and ESO Morrowind to PAX East 2017

This year’s PAX East expo is just three weeks away, and Bethesda has announced they’ll have four games available on the show floor for attendees to try out including The Elder Scrolls: Legends, The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind, Prey, and Quake Champions:

The Elder Scrolls: Legends
PAX-goers will be able to test their mettle on the go in The Elder Scrolls: Legends, offered for hands-on play on iPad. The free-to-play strategy card game based on the award-winning Elder Scrolls series launches onto Apple’s tablet later this Spring.

The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind
The recently announced new Chapter in The Elder Scrolls Online will be available for the first time for hands-on play, showcasing the game’s new 4v4v4, small-scale PvP mode, Battlegrounds. Attendees will be among the first in the world to try their hands at The Elder Scrolls Online: Morrowind fast-paced new mode, and will even get a first crack at flexing the powers of the new Warden class.

Prey
Join the team from Arkane Studios for an inside peak at Prey’s exciting sci-fi action gameplay live from the Bethesda Booth stage each day of PAX. Plus, be sure to check the other interactive experiences featured in the booth to prepare for the alien invasion when Prey launches worldwide on May 5, 2017.

Quake Champions
This wait is over – PAX East will be the first opportunity for fans to play Quake Champions, id Software’s latest entry in the Quake franchise, the granddaddy of all eSports shooters. Attendees will test their reflexes – and rocket jumping skills – in fast and frantic 5v5 Team Deathmatch battles. PAX-goers will also be able to sign-up for the game’s exclusive Closed Beta test, coming soon in 2017.

The 2017 PAX East expo will kick off March 10 and take over the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center all weekend.

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Bethesda unveils first Quake Champions gameplay trailer at QuakeCon 2016

Bethesda and id Software surprised the world when they announced Quake Champions at this year’s E3 Expo. While many people (myself included) assumed the developer would move on to a Quake followup after the smashing success of Doom, I don’t think anyone expected it to appear so soon.

But speed is the name of the game when it comes to the Quake franchise, and this hyperactive philosophy is on full display in the very first gameplay trailer for Quake Champions, which was unveiled at QuakeCon last night. As part of his keynote address, Studio Director Tim Willits revealed more information about the four “Champions” from the E3 trailer, and gave the audience an exclusive look at a fifth Champion, Anarki, “a lanky speed-demon with a sweet hoverboard.” Quake Champions will include more than a dozen Champions when the Closed Beta launches next year.

More of Willits’s address can be found at Bethesda.net, including this nugget about the game’s weapons:

In true Quake fashion, you’ll have an arsenal of powerful and unique weapons, each of which will feel familiar to long-time Quake players. “No loadouts, no limit to the amount of guns you can carry,” Willits assured the crowd. “Time the weapon pickups, or kill your opponents. That’s how you get weapons in a Quake game.”

And don’t worry, those rocket jumps will look incredibly impressive as Willits also promised that Quake Champions will run at 120hz with unlocked framerates.

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id Software announces Quake Champions, an arena FPS exclusively for the PC

“Yes, Quake is back!” – Tim Willits, the Creative Director of id Software.

Announced just moments ago at Bethesda’s E3 Press Conference, Quake Champions is an arena shooter that’ll be available exclusively for the PC. Willits wasn’t ready to announce a release date just yet, but he promised that we’ll learn more about the game at this August’s QuakeCon. It’ll also shake up the “Hero Shooter” genre with a huge number of unique characters:

The fast, skill-based arena-style competition that turned the original Quake games into multiplayer legends is making a triumphant return with Quake Champions. Running at an impressive 120hz with unlocked framerates, id Software’s new multiplayer shooter is getting ready to take PC gaming by storm once more.

Quake Champions features a roster of unique characters, each with their own distinctive abilities, allowing you to fight the way you want.

You can check out the Cinematic Reveal Trailer embedded above.

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Is id Software teasing Quake 5? Developer is telling prospective employees they’ll get to work on “franchises like Doom and Quake”

idsoftwarelogoAfter nearly a decade in development, Doom is now available on store shelves and nostalgic FPS fans are loving its mixture of modern design and retro sensibilities. So the developers at id Software are probably feeling pretty good about themselves. But that hasn’t stopped the company from going on a hiring spree.

More than a dozen job openings at id Software were recently added to Bethesda’s Careers page, and once again, they’re offering prospective employees the chance to work on “legendary game properties like DOOM and QUAKE.” Obviously, this isn’t a guarantee that Quake 5 is in the works at id, but the last time the developer went on a similar headhunting operation was in 2013, about a year before they debuted Doom to a packed house at QuakeCon 2014.

Of course, this is probably just the regular employment churn that occurs at all companies, combined with an HR department too lazy to write up a new job description. But after the amazing return of Doom (and Wolfenstein before it), I am ready for more Quake too.

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