Everything You Need to Know About Quake Champions' Open Beta and How to Access It

Everything You Need to Know About Quake Champions' Open Beta and How to Access It

Quake Champions heads into open Beta this weekend and beyond. Here are all the details.

Bethesda and id's upcoming old-school multiplayer FPS shooter Quake Champions enters open Beta this weekend and continues for nine days, offering players keen to sample the game an early look. Here are all the details you need to get involved.

When is Quake Champions' Open Beta?

The Quake Champions Open Beta will run from May 12 to May 21 on PC. There will be no wondering about whether or not you’ll get accepted into the beta, with all players who sign up being given access. Previous betas for Quake Champions have run over the weekend, but the Open Beta/Large Scale Tech Test will be running 24/7 for the entire period. You'll be able to register for the Quake Champions Open Beta on the official website.

Bethesda has announced that Quake Champions’ new 4v4, team-based competitive mode – Sacrifice – will be playable for the first time in the Open Beta/Large Scale Tech Test. Form teams and choose Champions to dominate the arenas. Previous beta tests offered Team Deathmatch, Deathmatch, and Duel modes. While not announced, it's assumed these modes will be available in the open beta too.

According to the Quake Champions news post about the Open Beta/Large Scale Tech Test, players will be able to test out all the currently available Champions and maps. This should include the Champions Nyx, Scalebearer, Anarki, Slash, Clutch, Galena, Ranger, and Visor. Currently revealed maps are Blood Covenant, Ruins of Sarnath, and Burial Chamber.

It’s unclear if any new weapons will be trialed during the Open Beta, but the current weapon list includes the Heavy Machinegun, Super Nailgun, Super Shotgun, Rocket Launcher, Lightning Gun, and Railgun.

Quake Champions Features and Articles

Quake Champions is Bethesda and id Software’s attempt to return Quake to its competitive play glory days. Key to this are three key tenants: Unlocked framerate, 120HZ gameplay, and Classic Quake speed. The game will also use a Free-to-Play business model, with players being given the Ranger character to start with. To gain access to new characters you can use in-game currency to rent them for a set amount of time or buy the Champion Pack and receive access to all champions from the off.

In his Quake Champions preview from earlier in the year, Mike called the game a “wonderful callback to a great era of shooters,” and labelled it a “damned winner so far.” You’ll be able to see how the game is shaping up for yourself if you take part in the open beta.

Quake Champions PC Specs and System Requirements

If you're planning on playing the Quake Champions open Beta on a PC, you’ll want to know the system requirements. Sadly Bethesda hasn’t shared the PC you’ll need to run the game, so we’ve included the specs for last year’s Doom. Word is that the minimum and required specs for Quake Champions will be less, so if you’ve got what’s here you should be golden.

Minimum system requirements:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Intel Core i5-2400 or better / AMD FX-8320 or better
  • 8 GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 (2GB) / AMD Radeon HD 7870 (2GB) or better
  • 55GB free HDD space
  • Steam account
  • Broadband internet connection

Recommended system requirements:

  • Windows 7/8.1/10 (64-bit versions only)
  • Intel Core i7-3770 or better / AMD FX-8350 or better
  • 8GB RAM
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 (4GB) / AMD Radeon R9 290 (4GB) or better
  • 55GB free HDD space
  • Steam account
  • Broadband internet connection

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