Posted Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 08:01 AM PDT by Trevor Ruben
But what about 'Doom 2?'
The internet went abuzz yesterday with id Software's latest attempt to drum up excitement about the next 'Doom' game. Previously understood as 'Doom 4,' it's now more or less a reboot, simultaneously shuffling into gamer expectations while taking advantage of an updated engine. Finally, according to the wide praise this small snippet of gameplay out of QuakeCon has recieved, 'Doom' has our attention once again.
The game has been hinted at, espoused of and subsequently shuttered many times since its initial announcement back in 2008. Yet with about 30 minutes of gameplay and a room full of eager journalists just this past week, things may finally have changed.
Sadly, none of that gameplay managed to leak online, but reports from anyone present are of relief and excitement. It seems id Software has resigned to the fact that 'Doom' has no place on the cutting edge anymore, but as a reminder of the franchise's glory days.
Extreme violence, rapid movement, raids of demonic, teleporting foes and, of course, a hellmouth on Mars, were displayed as proudly as a "My Kid is an Honors Student" sticker. And the crowd applauded and cheered, according to Polygon. No doubt, the recent success of 'Wolfenstein: The New Order,' with its confident old-school sensibilities, has bolstered id Software and publisher Bethesda Softworks.
The new id Tech 6 engine also seems to have brought a visual excitement back to the franchise. Severed limbs go flying, exectution-style finishes punctuate every encounter and brutal, outrageous player-death sequences signify that no man is safe. You can cut up a demon with your chainsaw, angle-by-angle. You might even be able to shower in blood at some point, but that's just speculation
Extreme movement speed is supplemented by double-jumps and vaulting. Player-favorite weapons like the sawed-off shotgun are back. Medpacks take the place of regenerating health.
In other words: This is not 'Doom 3' or even 'Doom 4.' This is 'Doom.'
The game is in development for PC, PS4 and Xbox One, and currently runs at 60 fps, 1080p. Not a release date or window was revealed. We'll be on the hunt for footage.
You can find the latest info on 'Doom' linked from our Video Game Release Schedule.
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