Quake Champions free-to-play offer extended into next week

Quake Champions is in kind of a strange place right now. It's been publicly available for almost a year, it boasts cutting-edge gib-splosion technology, and it's good. But it's also still in Early Access on Steam, and so even though it's intended to be a free-to-play game, it is not currently free: If you want to get in, you have to pony up for the $30 Champions Pack. Until June 25, however, you do not. 

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It's not a free-for-keepsies offer as far as I can tell (the announcement on Steam says Bethesda is "extending free-to-play access until Monday, June 25," which reads to me to mean that access will go away when Monday arrives) but that's not a huge blow since it is, eventually, going to be free anyway. And if you dig it so much that you can't wait to get back to it, the Champions Pack, which includes the full roster of characters (current and future) and other bonuses, is also on sale, going for $20/£13/€20 until June 21.

Take note that the free-to-play offer is applicable only on Steam and not the Bethesda Store, which isn't currently showing a "free" option. 

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.