Quake Champions is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks, as part of the Quake series of multiplayer shooters. Quake Champions will be the first main entry in the Quake series since 2005's Quake 4. The game is due for release on Microsoft Windows. Quake Champions was announced at the Electronic Entertainment Expo 2016, alongside a debut trailer. It will feature a large quantity of playable characters, each boasting their own sets of unique skills. The game is promised to be a "fast paced arena based shooter". It will not be released on consoles due to hardware limitations. At QuakeCon 2016, creative-director Tim Willits revealed that Quake Champions does not run on the id Tech 6 game engine, but instead works on a hybrid engine made up of id tech and Saber tech, which means a number of the features seen in Doom are not native to Quake Champions, such as virtual reality, Vulkan API, SnapMaps and mod support, although mod support is potentially planned after initial release. It was revealed that Quake Champions was originally considered as an expansion to Quake Live, a revamped version of Quake III Arena released in 2010 The game went into closed beta on April 6, 2017. The game was released onto Steam's early access program on August 23, 2017. It is stated that the game would feature a free-to-play option, allowing players to play as Ranger, with additional characters available for purchase, similar to the model used in Killer Instinct. At E3 2017 it was announced that B.J. Blazkowicz of the Wolfenstein series would be a playable character. In August, the Doom Slayer from the 2016 video game Doom was confirmed as a playable character, after previously appearing in 1999's Quake III Arena and 2010's Quake Live as Doomguy. At E3 2018, Bethesda announced the availability of a free-to-play trial that is downloadable on Steam. Players who sign up during the free trial period will be able to keep playing for free after the game launch Early access to the game is available for purchase at $30 on Steam.