Quake Champions is Hitting Early Access Next Week

Quake Champions is Hitting Early Access Next Week

You'll be able to play as the Doom Slayer too.

Quake Champions has been in beta for a few months now, but next week it'll finally be around at a firmer, more stable capacity. Quake Champions will be released on through Steam and the Bethesda.net launcher starting on August 22 on Early Access. The Early Access title will cost $29.99.

I can hear you now, you're saying, "Hey, I thought Quake Champions was supposed to be a free-to-play game." Right you are. Quake Champions' free-to-play edition will launch sometime in the future. In the meantime, much like the recent hit PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, Quake Champions will live in the ever-changing land of Early Access, where changes will be made, things will be added, and more will spruce up players' experiences. But $29.99 won't just get players the game alone, they get extra goodies too.

The $29.99 is technically the "Champions' Pack," which includes all the game's current and future characters, an Early Access-exclusive skin for a character, and three loot crates. At the game's full launch, the "Champions' Pack" will bump up 25 percent and cost $39.99. So if you want the extra goodies in addition to the game's eventual base free-to-play model, it might be best to go in soon.

At the Early Access launch soon, 11 characters will be playable at the start: Anarki, BJ Blazkowicz (of Wolfenstein fame), Clutch, Galena, Nyx, Ranger, Scalebearer, Slash, Sorlag, Visor, and last but definitely not least, the Doom Slayer. The post-beta launch will also include two new maps, a lore system of collectible items that eventually unlock rare skins for champions, improved customization, in-game voice chat, and better tutorials for the new players.

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Caty McCarthy

Features Editor

Caty McCarthy is a former freelance writer whose work has appeared in Kill Screen, VICE, The AV Club, Kotaku, Polygon, and IGN. When she's not blathering into a podcast mic, reading a book, or playing a billion video games at once, she's probably watching Terrace House or something. She is currently USgamer's official altgame enthusiast.

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