Quake Champions – the arena shooter, based on the franchise originally started in 1996 – will feature a free-to-play business model. In an interview with Polygon, creative director Tim Willits shared that a more traditional for-pay option is also available.
“At its core, it’s a free-to-play game,” Willits said, “with the option to buy the Champion Pack and just get in and play with all the Champions. There are a number of Quake players that just want to play their Quake, right? And they are familiar with the business model of our previous games, and they are totally fine. ‘I want to buy the game. I want to start playing. I want to have access to all the Champions.’
“But then we also understand that we want to get as many people into the game as possible, especially outside of North America and Western Europe, where we have a massive fan base. So we want to have the flexibility to have a free-to-play option for those people.”
The free-to-play version of the game will give players access to the Ranger character. As you play, you’ll gain favour, which can be cashed in on other characters, giving you time-limited access to them. Players will share maps and compete in the same brackets, regardless of the version they play.
“I don’t want to use the word rent,” Willits added. “You do spend favor to have access to them for a limited amount of time, yes. But you don't spend any real money on it.”
No release date for Quake Champions has been confirmed. You can sign up for the closed beta here.