Quake: Champions kicked off the Bethesda E3 press conference this year—an unexpected announcement that thrusts the classic, competitive shooter into the modern world of eSports. Id software’s creative director, Tim Willits took the stage to announce a new arena shooter under the iconic franchise. “Yes, Quake is back,” he said.
It has been nine years since the launch of Enemy Territory: Quake Wars, making the trailer a surprise for some fans and “about time” for others.
The reveal trailer for Quake: Champions did not show any actual gameplay, but showcased a number of CG characters and weapons battling across a multi-tiered environment. A PC exclusive title, Quake: Champions runs at 120hz with unlocked frame rates. More information about the game will be unveiled at Quakecon 2016 this August, which is expected to attract over 10,000 fans, according to Willits.
In commemoration of the game’s 20th anniversary, Quakecon will host tournaments for the original Quake title in all its retro, shooter glory.
— Bethesda Softworks (@bethesda) June 13, 2016
Quake was first launched in 1996 and has been a major player in the history of eSports ever since. iD Software, since its conception, was at the forefront of the first-person shooter (FPS) genre with games like Quake and Doom. Bethesda Softworks has taken an aggressive marketing strategy for their Doom reboot this year, so it will be interesting to see how the publisher markets Quake: Champions in the coming months, especially to celebrate the franchise’s 20th anniversary.