is definitely an arena shooter,” says Tim Willits, creative director at id Software. “It is a true skill-based arena shooter in the spirit of Quake. The champions are definitely an evolution of the
genre, and they are definitely something that adds to the overall game experience. But, at its core – and it’s important to note – it is Quake. Keeping that DNA, that essence of what Quake is, was always very important to us. I feel very confident that we have captured that Quake feel.”
As Willits has identified, Quake isn’t just any old shooter. It’s an arena shooter. As an old-school fan who was blooded on Quake deathmatch, the arena shooter sub-genre refers to some very specific tenets.