Quake Champions debuts gameplay footage

Rocket-jumping for joy.  

id Software has revealed the first gameplay footage of Quake Champions.

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Announced back in June at E3, Quake Champions is an oldschool PC-exclusive arena first-person shooter. As you can see in its gameplay debut trailer, it takes after the new Doom in its lightning fast sense of speed with comically quick character movement.

It also brings back rocket-jumping, a staple of the series in which players shoot the ground and use the propulsion of the explosion to boost them afar.

This franchise resurrection will have a multitude of different Champions, each with their own perks. There will be at least a dozen in the closed beta, due next year, but it's not clear how many will be in the full game. Franchise classics Ranger, Visor, and the swift hoverboard-riding Anarki (pictured above) will return, though there will be new characters as well.

id Software studio director Tim Willits noted that you'll be able to carry as many weapons as you want. "[There are] no loadouts, no limit to the amount of guns you can carry," Willits said. "Time the weapon pickups, or kill your opponents. That's how you get weapons in a Quake game."

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