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Quake Champions trailer reveals its first champ, the stealthy assassin Nyx

Just one day after announcing the upcoming closed beta for the sort-of-new arena shooter Quake Champions, Bethesda has taken the wraps off the game's first champ. Nyx is all about speed and agility over raw power and toughness, and can harness the power of the sacred Fathom Orb to "Ghost Walk" invisibly past enemies. 

Ghost Walk renders Nyx briefly invisible and invulnerable, allowing her to either bypass threats, get away from a fight, or reach a better angle on the bad guys. With good timing and a spot of luck she can even telefrag her foes by reentering the arena inside of them, destroying them "from the inside out in a gory spray." She can also Wall Jump while Ghost Walking, doubling her jump distance (off of walls) without breaking her invisibility. 

The Quake Champions closed beta is set to get underway in the "coming weeks," and Nyx will be one of the playable champs when it does. More champions will be revealed over the next few months, beginning with the far more brutish-looking "Galactic Warlord" Scalebearer on March 15. Other details are also on the way, including a look at the first Arena, based on the "unholy Blood Covenant," which will be unveiled tomorrow. You can sign up to take part in the closed beta at quake.bethesda.net

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.