Bethesda is handing out free copies of Quake 2 and Quake 3: Arena through their Bethesda Launcher.
If you wake in the morning pining for the simpler days of online shooters, you might want to check this new offer out. Quake 2 is free right now (for 72 hours from yesterday) while Quake 3: Arena will be available for 72 hours from August 17 (that's next week).
THANK YOU! The total is in, and you raised over $30,000 during #QuakeCon at Home for @NAACP_LDF, @DirectRelief, @TrevorProject, and @UNICEF!— Bethesda (@bethesda) August 10, 2020
As a thank you, we'll be unlocking Quake II on 8/12 and Quake III on 8/17, free for 72 hours each on the Bethesda net Launcher. pic.twitter.com/dfNM6F1qaH
So long as you download the games within the timeframes provided, you can keep them forever. Bethesda announced the gifts back on August 10 as a thank you for their fans who donated a total of over $30k to charity during this year’s Quakecon at home online event. Charities supported include Unicef and The Trevor Project.
You can grab the Bethesda Launcher directly from the publisher-developer’s website, and claim the free games even if you don’t own anything else on the platform.
Developed by id Software, Quake 2 was originally released way, way back in 1997. While multiplayer was definitely where it was at, the singlerplayer romp through a militaristic alien planet is still a good blast. Its clearly defined, polygonal walls make for a nice respite from the mess realism or flashy effects many shooters strive for these days. Quake 3 dropped two years later in 1999 and pretty much gave up bothering to plaster a story over the excellent arena combat it offered.
To recap, Quake 2 is available to download for free right now, while Quake 3: Arena will become available through the Bethesda Launcher on August 17.