No BFG or Trent Reznor for Quake Champions

Chris Stead 17 August 2016 NEWS


Disappointing news for those wanted the full authentic nineties experience from the return of the Quake series.

While Quake Champions gameplay is a throwback to the genre’s celebrated yesteryear, not everything is making a return. At this year’s QuakeCon event in Dallas, Texas, spoke in-depth about the upcoming FPS with creative director Tim Willits, who was very forthcoming with information.

We will publish the full interview soon, but we’re releasing a few key snippets early and have already revealed that the game is not on id Tech 6, and even Scorpio and Neo won't be enough to see it appear on consoles. Here, we talk about whether two iconic features of the nineties-era Quake – super weapon the BFG and the soundtrack by Trent Reznor (of Nine Inch Nails fame) – will return. Here is how the conversation went...

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So will the BFG return?

Oh, geez. Um, well – I don’t want to say “no,” as we are working on a few new weapons that we did not show. But really, it’s going to be a tough weapon to include in this game. Especially with eSports multiplayer.

What about Trent Reznor, will he return with a new soundtrack?

Well I think he is working for Apple now? We do definitely want to take a lot of inspiration from the original Quake - as you can tell from the Lovecraftian architecture and so forth – and Trent was hugely influential with how that game sounded. I don’t know if we will have Trent back, but at the very least, the memory of Trent will remain as [his original music] will be our inspiration.

Our take?

It would be really sad if the BFG didn’t return somewhere in Quake Champions, only in certain modes that don’t relate to the eSports activities. A Quake without the BFG would be like having Doom without the double-barrelled shotgun, but we take Willits' point about its fit with Quake Champions' overall eSports goal.

As for Trent Reznor, if you have not heard his Quake soundtrack, listen to it below – it’s still fantastic. His involvement would be frickin’ awesome, so let’s hope a conversation can be had.

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