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Quake Champions is free for another week on Steam


Yesterday evening I shot a railgun bolt through three players at once in Quake Champions instagib and I can't begin to tell you how satisfying it was - especially when Quake's iconic announcer said how impressive I was for doing it.

Through Quake Champions, you see, the frenetic multiplayer delights of Quake have gloriously returned, albeit slightly buried in cosmetic loot boxes and character hero powers, which maybe will make more sense to me over time.

Anyway. I've been playing Quake Champions during the free access period over E3, and I've been having a lot of fun. It's with a happy heart, then, I tell you the free access period has been extended! It'll now run until 25th June.

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Specifically, it's free-to-play access to the game, which is a bit bizarre as Quake Champions intends to be free-to-play when it launches - currently it's in Early Access, and has been since last year.

But before now the only way in was via a £20 Champions Pack, which unlocks all heroes now and forever more - the same Champions Pack, incidentally, which is currently discounted to £13.19.

There's not much more to say. This is Quake as I remember it and you should give it a go.