Quake Champions Getting A.I. Bots and New Gore System

id Software has confirmed they’re finally adding AI-powered bots to Quake Champions, long a staple of the frenetic shooter franchise.

The news comes via a new development update video with id Software technical director John Dean and community manager Joshua Boyle, where Dean confirmed a new update is planned to incorporate the new bots.

Dean was also keen to point out that the bots will be able to perform advanced maneuvers, while also being scale-able to your level of skill. Turning down their difficulty will make them not pick up powerups as much, or be as challenging to hit.

What’s more, the studio is planning a robust new gore system (featured above), which supplants each character model with dozens of smaller chunks that burst apart when you pump them full of lead – or lasers, plasma, to name a few of the murderous toys in the shooter.

Here’s a rundown on the game:

Developed by id Software, in conjunction with Saber Interactive, Quake® Champions is a return to the frenetic, fast-paced competition that established Quake as the originator of the multiplayer shooter genre more than 20 years ago. Quake Champions delivers the dark mythos of the first Quake combined with the groundbreaking multiplayer mayhem of Quake III Arena with a major modern twist – Champions. These fierce warriors each wield unique attributes and abilities, enabling players to compete in their own distinctive style, while adding an additional layer of strategy to the game.

Key Features:

  • The Next Great Quake Multiplayer Game
    Quake’s signature rocket jumping, skill-based competition, and incredible speed remains intact, providing veterans with a welcome return and new players a fresh way to showcase their multiplayer skills.

  • Incredible, Diverse Champions
    Quake Champions introduces a roster of elite Champions, each equipped with unique attributes and abilities that are additive to Quake’s established gameplay. Champion skills offer a great variety to fit your play style.

  • Uncompromising Weapons, Ready for Battle
    Quake’s devastating arsenal of flesh-chewing weaponry, including fan-favorites like the thunderous Rocket Launcher, electrifying Lightning Gun, and snipe-tastic Railgun are back alongside new additions for you to master.

  • Intense Game Modes
    Established and beloved game modes return, including the gib-filled fragfests of Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch and the competitive fury of 1v1 Duel mode, while a new team-based mode, Sacrifice, joins the fray.

Quake Champions is now available for Windows PC, via Steam Early Access.

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