Quake Champions is now free to play and I would highly recommend that you give it a try.
I started playing it a few days ago since I had grabbed a copy when it was offered for free on Steam - now everyone can jump in for free. I started playing because I was really feeling like playing a pacy deathmatch shooter and I honestly can’t believe how good Quake Champions feels to play!
It’s the old school, bunny hopping and fragging that we all fell in love with years ago wrapped in the trappings of modern games. Unlockables, different heroes, and all the usual F2P stuff - BUT don’t let that put you off. The developers have actually done a great job in balancing the the 2 different approaches.
The gameplay is pure Quake action and the different hero abilities are fun and interesting but at the same time don’t replace the reliance on twitch shooting and keeping the momentum going. The addition of a progression system in terms of cosmetic unlocks and new champions gives you something to work towards as you play match after match.
The only downside is the low player numbers - but that is also a consequence of a good thing, which is local servers. Quake is a game that needs low latency so it’s great that we have local servers. Hopefully with the game being F2P now we’ll see more people joining in and we can fill pvp games and not have to play bot matchups all the time.