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Quake Champions is going into early access

Impending Doom crossover coming Aug. 22

A screenshot looking at the Doom Slayer in Quake Champions
Quake Champions
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id Software’s Quake Champions is making the leap from beta to early access next week, publisher Bethesda Softworks announced today. The first-person shooter will be available via Steam and the launcher starting Aug. 22 at an introductory price of $29.99.

That $29.99 will get you a Champions Pack, which includes all current and future characters, an early access-exclusive skin for Ranger and three loot chests. At launch, 11 characters, known as Champions, will be playable: Ranger, Visor, Scalebearer, Nyx, Anarki, Clutch, Sorlag, Galena, Slash, BJ Blazkowicz and, a brand-new addition, the Doom Slayer. id Software promises “at least six additional Champions” before the end of 2018.

Doom Slayer’s abilities include Berserk, in which he can smash opponents into a bloody pulp, and a double jump.

Bethesda said in a release that the final price of Quake Champions’ Champions Pack will be $39.99, and that the free-to-play version of the game will launch at a later date.

The early access launch of Quake Champions will also include a handful of new features and content. Here’s what’s coming next week, via Bethesda:

Two New Maps: Church of Azathoth and Tempest Shrine

The New Champion: DOOM Slayer

Rune Challenges: Players will be rewarded for completing new Rune Challenges found in backpacks

Lore System: Players will find Lore Items hidden throughout Arenas in vases. By collecting all 10 Lore Items for a specific Champion, they will unlock that Champion’s high-end Lore Skin

Improved New Player Onboarding: New features to help get fresh fraggers up to speed include a movement tutorial, shooting gallery, and the ability to choose a skill level

New Customization Options: New options include new Champion skin sets and weapon shaders

In-Game Voice Chat