Watch Quake Champion's First Gameplay Trailer; Beta Coming in 2017

Quake Champions looks like it's fast and full of rocket jumps in its debut gameplay trailer.

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Now Playing: Quake Champions – Debut Gameplay Trailer

Quake Champions was revealed at E3 with a CG trailer that showed off some of the game's characters but didn't give us a very good idea of what to expect when playing it. Now, Bethesda has revealed the first gameplay trailer as part of QuakeCon's opening ceremony, and it looks fast and frenetic.

The trailer starts by showing off some of the game's maps before jumping headfirst into the action. Shotguns, assault rifles, lightning guns, and rocket launchers fire at high-speeds--and yes, there are rocket jumps. Player movement is quick, and the gameplay seems to hearken back to the old days of Quake. Check it out for yourself in the video above.

Bethesda announced that a Quake Champions beta is set to arrive in 2017 with the full game arriving later that year. The first public gameplay demo takes place this Saturday at QuakeCon.

Quake Champions is only coming to PC for its initial launch. However, console versions are not out of the question. It runs at 120Hz with unlocked framerates, and developer id Software is aiming to get it working on a wide range of computer specs.

"We want to make sure that we have as many people as we possibly can," id Software boss Tim Willits told GameSpot. "You'll be able to turn down your specs and get a decent game at lower-end. But we want to shine on good systems."

For a history lesson on the series, be sure to check out GameSpot's feature, The History of Quake. You can see more of GameSpot's Quake Champions coverage through the links below.

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asmoddeuss

One shot kill with the Rocket launcher, then a f****** rocket jump aaaaaaand a mid air one shot kill. Good old times are coming back.

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Atzenkiller

Wow, you can really see how fast and fluid the game is running at less than 10fps and 240p or so resolution thanks to Gamespot's awesome video player. Feels like Gamespot is stuck in early 2000.

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Xirtahm

While this looks unbelievably slick and fast, I'm still slightly heartbroken that there seems to be no single-player mode. Quake II had the perfect blend of a lengthy campaign, and a vicious, sleep-depriving online community of frantic frag-fests. As much as I enjoyed Q3A, Quake II is still my all-time favorite of the bunch.

But I can't lie. The multiplayer in this looks maddening as hell, and I can't wait to dive into it next year. :D

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gamefreak215jd

Looked fast and intense. The guns look and sound like those from DOOM 2016.

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Fabian85

Guess they included Sauron talking in the background.

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Mogan

They really want us to know they got rocket jumping in. : p

But all that looked pretty good and Quake-like.

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Draco_Evolve

beta is too far away :(

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DarthRevenX

@draco_evolve: *cue's Dire Straits - So Far Away*

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dribblesbarbax

I'll remain cautiously optimistic.

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DarthRevenX

@dribblesbarbax: Unicorn detected....lolz

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RSM-HQ

Looks great to me. As a fan of Quake3 on Live, I'll certainly give this a try.

But it's cool to hate, so let us await the "it too slow" "QuakeWatch" comments.

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DarthRevenX

@RSM-HQ: pfft, it looks fast as hell but I'm just not into MP games anymore cus MP hasn't evolved since 2000 or so.....that and I'm not as competitive as I used to be.....

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RSM-HQ

@darthrevenx: That reads more like preference, than hate.

You Sir are not welcome here :P

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DarthRevenX

@RSM-HQ: I am welcome cus I don't bring hate......I just won't dig this game cus it's not what I want.....believe me you don't need my hate on something cus with me there's not a lot of middle ground, either like or extreme psychotic fracking hatred......

this was the extent of my middle ground.....

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RSM-HQ

@darthrevenx: I was joking, lighten up :^)

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hystavito

@computernoises: :)

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DarthRevenX

the speed.......gods.....

but the last thing I want is yet another MP only game in a sea overcrowded with MP only games......

I'd prefer a return to the Gothic Lovecraftian style Quake with better story kinda like Doom 2016 but with MP mode made by Id themselves.....

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dribblesbarbax

@darthrevenx: I would love if they just remade the original Quake. Slap it into their new engine. A man can dream.

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pablopoulo

@dribblesbarbax: That really would be a dream come true!

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DarthRevenX

@dribblesbarbax: agreed......

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LouiXIII

Looks fast and crazy...exactly what I had expected from Quake

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Pelezinho777

Mnah.