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Quake Champions is free until Monday, get it now and keep it forever

Quake Champions freely available until June 18
Quake Champions freely available until June 18
The first new entry in the Quake family of first-person shooters since Quake 4 — which arrived back in 2005 — Quake Champions can be downloaded via Steam as a free-to-play trial and those who sign up until June 18 can keep playing after the official launch as well. Early access has been available for US$30 since August 2017.

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.

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-06-15 (Update: 2018-06-15)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.