id Software has announced that it will release a major new free update for Quake Champions next Thursday, March 15th, delvering new ways to play and fun new looks. This will include the return of Instagib – the first new game mode added since closed beta – the introduction of ‘No Abilities Mode’ in custom games; a new 2v2 version of Ranked Play for competitive players and a variety of fresh seasonal cosmetics to commemorate the coming of Spring.
Here are the key features of the March update for Quake Champions.
- NEW GAMEPLAY – Everyone, meet Instagib – The fast-moving, gib-tastic classic will finally make its way to Quake Champions, introducing a fun, fast and casual game where every shot is a one-hit kill. Players will start each match with the only weapons available – the Rail Gun and the Gauntlet – and there will not be weapon, health, armor, or power-up pickups. Champions will still be able to use active and passive abilities, and cool-down hourglasses will spawn on the map.
- NEW RANKS – Introducing 2v2 TDM Ranked Mode – In addition to the head-to-head intensity of Duel mode, players will be able to grab a buddy and face off against teams from around the world in deadly 2v2 showdowns. Finding the right Champion and ability combinations will make the difference in the fight for the top spot on the leaderboard.
- NEW LOOKS – Spring Cosmetics – Spring is coming, so of course it’s time to refresh wardrobes. Quake Champions’ Spring cosmetics will let players outfit their Champions in a colorful collection of happy pastels for Weapon and Champion shaders. In addition, new Spring-themed profile icons, name plates, and festive headwear, including a unicorn hat, bird’s nest, and more. Nothing says fragging like happy pastels.
- NEW SETTINGS – Activate ‘No Abilities’ Mode – Players looking to go old school will have the option to turn off active Champion abilities. This play style is only available in custom games.
Quake Champions is available now in Early Access on Steam. It’s also worth noting that Bethesda and id Software plan to release a free version of Quake Champions in the future!