Quake Champions is free until Monday, get it now and keep it forever
Originally considered as an expansion to Quake Live, Quake Champions entered closed beta last year, on April 6. Not long after — on August 23, to be accurate — it became available via Steam's early access program. Unfortunately, playing the early access version of the game was subject to a US$30 fee. Now, those interested to take it for a spin without paying a single cent can jump in to take advantage of the free-to-play offer that ends on June 18 at 10 AM Pacific Time.
Quake Champions is a fast-paced first-person shooter that is only available for Microsoft Windows. The free-to-play version currently ready for download via Steam comes with all the game modes and maps of the early access version, featuring a single champion - the Ranger. The Champions Pack is not included but can be acquired for US$30. The pack unlocks all current and future champions, as well as custom matchmaking and other goodies. However, the Champions Pack upgrade can be purchased for 34% off until June 21, so those who hurry up will only pay US$19.79.
Although the champions that come with unique attributes and the Sacrifice team-based mode are new to the Quake series, those who played the previous multiplayer titles in this family of games will recognize the good-old Deathmatch, Team Deathmatch, and the 1 vs. 1 Duel modes.
Some old players seem to hate the balance between the existing champions and a lot of negative reviews have been posted on Steam lately, but Quake Champions is worth at least a try for the old times' sake — especially since trying it as an early access title will go back to US$30 on Monday.