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Quake Champions beta sign-ups are now open

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Charlie Hall is Polygon’s tabletop editor. In 10-plus years as a journalist & photographer, he has covered simulation, strategy, and spacefaring games, as well as public policy.

Quake Champions, the new arena shooter unveiled during the Bethesda press conference at last year’s E3, is now taking sign-ups for its closed beta. A press release issued today says it will begin “in the coming weeks.”

The latest in id Software’s long-running series, it’s the first title since 2007’s Enemy Territory: Quake Wars. A new website went up today, allowing players to sign up for the closed beta. Neither Bethesda or id have mentioned when the game will officially release, or how much the Windows PC game will cost. The game will be playable this weekend at PAX East in Boston.

Quake Champions was shown off most recently at QuakeCon 2016. Messaging at the time centered around the game’s speed, which will support 120 Hz monitors and feature an unlocked framerate. The team also showed off the game’s multiple characters, called Champions, which make use of different skills inside the arena. Some of their unique abilities include teleportation, invisibility and the ability to see through walls.

"It doesn't fundamentally change the way you play the game," Willits told Polygon in an interview at the time. "That's what I wanted to stress in the presentation: Yes, we have these Champions, but they're additive. It's still skill-based, they all rocket jump, they all pick up all the weapons. It's still a skill-based game, with this addition."

The next QuakeCon is scheduled for August 24-27 in Dallas, Texas.

Polygon expects to have hands-on time with the game soon.

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