The first batch of testers will get their hands on Quake Champions on Thursday, April 6th. But first, Bethesda wanted to give us a little taste of raw gameplay. Here are about two minutes worth showcasing id Software’s ZeRo4 as Anarki.

Yep, looks like Quake to me. Man, it’s going to be a struggle playing that after binging PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds for the past two weeks. And H1Z1 before that. But it’s been too long since we’ve had an arena shooter like this. I can’t way to dive back in.

Now devs, please tell me there’s a toggle option to get rid of the character’s voice acting. I get it. With the likes of Overwatch, you probably want to show off the personality of your characters. But there are two problems.

First, the action is too fast for me even care about the character. I’m here to blow up and get blown up. Not to feel attached to a specific character.

Second, there are too many voices overlapping. And that’s just in two minutes of gameplay. Anarki is delivering his quips while the main announcer is also talking. Hell, at one point Anarki, the main announcer and the medal announcer are talking at the same time. Let us tone it down a little. The main announcer sounds great. Just leave it at that.

At the end of the day, it’s a small nitpick. It’s the gameplay that matters the most, and this brief glimpse of gameplay shows there’s a lot to be excited about.

We’ll all get a chance to see if Quake Champions brings the old school gameplay we fell in love with years ago to 2017. Keep an eye on your emails as the first beta invites will be rolling out soon.

More champions will be revealed in the coming weeks with Clutch (April 12), Galena (April 19), Ranger (May 3), Visor (May 10) and Sorlag (May 24). You can watch the Ankari overview trailer below

Let me know what you think of the new gameplay. Do you like the voice lines from Ankari, or do you plan on muting them first thing?

When I’m not playing Rocket League (best game ever), you can find me writing about all things games, space and more. You can reach me at alex@newsledge.com

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