Update: Apparently Quake Champions is more free-to-play than it first appeared. You get two free champions, there’s a rotation, and you can unlock others through gameplay. None of this information was present in the initial announcement.

You’d be forgiven if, like MMOBomb staff, you were a little confused over the free-to-play status of Quake Champions. It was announced as being F2P, but with only one champion free. When it entered early access, it still carried a price but would remove that once it fully launched. Then Bethesda Softworks and id Software made it free-to-keep-forever for one weekend back in June, and today it was announced at (fittingly) QuakeCon as going free-to-play now, even though it’s still in early access.

So that’s where we’re at right now. You can hop into Quake Champions now via the Bethesda launcher or the game’s Steam page and play one champion for free. To get more, you’ll need to pony up the cash. In our minds, that barely qualifies the game as free-to-play, so we won’t be covering it on the same level that we do other F2P games, but if you’re a longtime Quake fan who needs that fix, enjoy!

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  1. d43n3ry5 on August 12, 2018

    if this is for real?this might make me buy vault 76 i was sitting on the fence wondering what was going on in bethesda anyway hoping for the best finally might be time to dust off the olde xbox

  2. Skato on August 11, 2018

    Yeah, you can now earn in game currency to unlock Champions. You earn the in game currency pretty quick as well, I have unlocked at least 3 champions since june and I don’t even play a lot.

  3. Skato on August 11, 2018

    Yeah, you can now earn in game currency to unlock Champions. You earn the in game currency pretty quick as well, I have unlocked at least 3 champions since then and I don’t even play a lot.

  4. Weilan on August 11, 2018

    I’m not sure if anyone cares about this game. It most certainly is not Quake, it’s bugged, poorly optimized and I had no enjoyment playing it, Q3A was tons more fun than this.

    • IsamiOni on August 11, 2018

      That’s your personal opinion. QC is a tournament game, not 3-pixel Q3A which is outdated and played by toaster PC owners only. Lemme guess SWBF2 sux too cuz it require 16GB DDR4 RAM? And definitely WOLFENSTEIN 2+, DOOM and RAGE2 since they use same “poorly optimized” engine.
      1) Upgrade your toaster to something that DESERVES to run MODERN games.
      2) If you own MODERN PC instead of toaster => learn to maintain it properly
      3) Buy games instead of playing cracked repacks.
      4) Buy PS4 and forget about optimization whining.

  5. Dioxety on August 10, 2018

    ??? You can buy characters with in game money as a F2P.
    I have purchased 2 in like 2 weeks of playing and haven’t spent a $.

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