The other big news out of Quakecon is that Quake Champions is now entirely free to play forever. They also dropped all new bot AI and a new class making the game seem like... Read All The Quakecon 2018 keynote streamed earlier today and Bethesda and iD had some really interesting stuff to reveal. Firstly Bethesda bought out Escalation Studios that have worked with them on Skyrim VR, Fallout VR and Skyrim Switch. Escalation is currently working on Elder Scrolls Blades and Fallout 76 and will be renamed Bethesda Texas. This is a pretty cool development as Elder Scroll Blades is a game I'm really interested in playing and more Bethesda stuff is always a fun prospect.
The other big news out of Quakecon is that Quake Champions is now entirely free to play forever. They also dropped all new bot AI and a new class making the game seem like it's hit a proper release. Since it's free to play and an online only game it's hard to say it's hit 1.0 but now that it's free to play forever and such it feels like it's "officially launched." If you login to Quake Champions during Quakecon right now you will get a special Quakecon 2018 machine gun.
The gameplay and game shown at Quakecon of Rage 2 has bumped it up to an instabuy when it launches next year, which is a pretty rare thing for me. I'm going to figure out which pre-order I should get and then jump in. I like owning a physical copy and I prefer PC so I'll most likely pre-order it from a store I can pick it up on launch day. I know i'll just be buying a case and a Steam code but I like having that kind of thing even if it just lives on my shelf.
The new driving and gameplay footage of Rage 2 makes it look like Mad Max Fury Road meets the best parts of Doom and the original Rage but the stages seem a bit more open than the original linear corridor missions of Rage. I'm sure there will be some kind of DLC for it later and a season pass but so far nothing has been discussed about it.
When I originally saw the new Doom Eternal reveal I only watched half of it. Needless to say I wasn't too impressed, it really didn't look like a big upgrade from Doom 2016. After coming back and watching the whole reveal i'm not sure i'm too much further from my original thought but the game looks a bit better than I thought at first. If you loved Doom 2016 this looks like doubling down on all that but somehow Doom 2016 didn't hook me. Might have had something to do with my son being born around that time, or maybe I'm just a very old man that is getting tired of ripping and tearing.