While a lot of people may have been hoping to see Quake return to its somewhat Lovecraftian roots, instead what we received is Quake Champions, a multiplayer arena shooter. Not that this is a bad thing, but, you know, Quake 1 is one of the greatest games of all time and it’s a shame we aren’t receiving a proper sequel to it, anyway…
Quake Champions is a PC exclusive title, and judging by id Software’s latest comments it seems like the game will not be making its way on to consoles. Creative director Tim Willits had this to say to Gamespot: "It's everything from input sampling of the mouse to making sure that your monitor refresh rate is fast enough. Because even with Quake Live, we have found throughout the years that going from 30 to 60 is huge, but even 60 to 120--is noticeable."
"Most of us, and even me, I can't really tell the difference, but there are some players who are inhuman,” said Willits. “And we can't come out and say we're going to make a game for them and not run ridiculously fast. Because if we lose the pro guys, we're in trouble."
id Software clearly understand their audience, specially the PC crowd. While we don’t necessarily agree with Willits about most people not being able to tell difference between 60-120fps, we appreciate how much id Software care about their fans. The developers know they can’t release Quake Champions on consoles as it wouldn’t be the same experience. 120hz monitors make a difference, hence Willit’s final comment, “That's why it's a PC game. No excuses. No limitations," he said.”
Quake Champions currently does not have a release date, but we will keep you updated as soon as we find out.