MachineGames, the studio behind the Wolfenstein reboot, designed a Horde Mode for Quake that all players can access now free of charge via Update 2. Interestingly, the discharge of the update coincides with the classic game's launch around the Epic Games Store for PC. A first-person shooter developed by Wolfenstein and Doom creator id Software, Quake's first entry originally entered the fray Twenty five years ago in 1996.
Quake effectively served as a Doom successor, though it leaned a bit more heavily into the gothic if you take inspiration from the likes of H.P. Lovecraft. Several ports and expansions have kept the shooter alive and well within the quarter-century since its debut, using its newest re-release seeing it migrate to modern hardware like the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The groundbreaking experience received another lease on life earlier this October, courtesy of the Quake remaster's free next-gen upgrade for PS5 and Xbox Series X|S. Starting today, December 2, players have yet another reason to revisit Quake's many realms.
Players across all platforms are now able to access Quake Update 2, which featured an all-new Horde Mode from developer MachineGames. According to release notes on Bethesda.net, PvE mode support between 1-4 player, works across all difficulty levels, and boasts four extra maps designed with Horde Mode in your mind. Users score points by killing monsters and receive point bonuses upon slaying their foes in quick succession. Every third wave introduces boss monsters; completing these sections should reward access to a Silver key that unlocks new weapons and items. Defeating the ninth wave results in players earning a Gold answer to open the exit; of course, people who wish to keep going will have the choice to do this.
Update 2 contains a brand-new Horde Mode produced by @machinegames with 1-4 player co-op (including optional bots), new Add-on, "Honey", some quality-of-life improvements, and bug fixes.
Release Notes: https://t.co/pDlzeewAnu pic.twitter.com/MWOrHzCGG0
— Quake Champions (@Quake) December 2, 2022
The latest update for Quake also unleashes the free Honey add-on, which invites users to “conque a deadly plague.” Bethesda further confirmed information regarding the previously leaked Ranger Slayer Skin and Quake Guy Ranger Skin. DOOM Eternal players can connect to the former by logging into Bethesda.net, while the latter will become readily available for Quake Champions.
Over the last many years, id Software's classic shooters have observed an incredible renaissance. MachineGames brought Wolfenstein back using the stellar Wolfenstein: The New Order in 2022, which spawned a sequel and spinoff entry. In 2022, id itself breathed new life into DOOM, then followed up with 2022's well-received DOOM Eternal.