Doom Reboot Unlikely to Be Seen Again This Year

Following last week's QuakeCon reveal, id Software is getting back to work on its rebooted shooter.

At QuakeCon last week, the new game in the Doom series--simply entitled Doom, rather than Doom 4--was revealed, including the very first look at gameplay. Video from the show has not yet been shared with the public, though we have a complete rundown of everything that shown here. What was on display was only seen by QuakeCon attendees, and that's not likely to change anytime soon.

Pete Hines, PR and marketing boss for Doom publisher Bethesda, told PC Gamer that Doom is not yet ready for a proper reveal. "Next year is normally when I think we would've started," Hines said, but amidst reports of problems at id Software and troubled development of the game, it was decided that something should be shown. Bethesda and id didn't want to expose the still-in-progress game to an extreme amount of scrutiny at this stage, though, hence the reason for the QuakeCon-only reveal.

"We're working with them to say, 'How does this work? What do we want to show?'" Hines explained. "And they're like, 'Look, we don't want a stream to go up for a game that isn't at the point where we would formally show it to the world, and now that thing is getting picked apart, and digested, and gone through frame-by-frame and getting nitpicked to death, when normally we wouldn't be showing this to anybody at all.'"

We learned last year that what was at the time called Doom 4 had been rebooted because an early version "did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect."

In the wake of the QuakeCon reveal, Hines explained the rationale for showing video when the game is too early to be formally revealed: "I really wanted to put something out there that, in a strong way, said, 'id is working on something that we think is really cool.' And we wanted ... to show something to [id Software fans] that gives them the confidence that it is still a viable studio that's doing really cool stuff, that is making a game you want to play, and is treating Doom with the care and respect that you want.

"And now we're going to go away and go back to making the game, but to be able to counter other people talking about us and we're sort of just sitting here staying silent, or operating from this negative space of like, 'Oh, it got rebooted, oh it's in trouble.' All of that stuff just bothered the hell out of me."

Doom is, as you might expect, exceptionally violent, but also features an emphasis on melee combat and includes jetpacks and double jumping. This is all according to those at QuakeCon who saw the video of Doom; a QuakeCon stream Bethesda offered online cut out just prior to the Doom footage being shown, much to the chagrin of fans who were watching and expecting to see Doom for themselves.

What this all means is that, short of video recorded at QuakeCon being published online, the video above--a CG Doom teaser trailer released in June--is all we'll be seeing from the game for some time.

Are you happy we got to learn some details about Doom, or would you have preferred that Bethesda and id waited to talk about it until it's ready to be seen by everyone? Let us know in the comments.

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86 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

"getting picked apart, and digested, and gone through frame-by-frame and getting nitpicked to death" Damn, no wonder they and any other company is cautious about showing anything at an early stage. First impressions are very important and you only get one shot at making one. Of course with Kickstarter and Early Access that has changed, but for games not doing that it's still business as usual. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

bluebird08
bluebird08

I don't care if it's call just "DOOM". I will always call it DOOM 4!

vackillers
vackillers

well thats stupid, we haven't even seen anything yet so why unlikely to be "seen" again this year? kinda stupid to have a doom game at a quake show and then not even have the bloody public able to see it... can't friggin stand companies that do this. There is no harm in letting people actually see how the game is now, if it was presentable enough to show at a massive show like quakecon then its definitely fine to release the same footage. People are already skeptical about this anyone, hiding it away just adds to that.

Jag-T1000
Jag-T1000

I liked it back in the 90's when they announced a game in the summer and it would release in Nov or Dec. Now, they announce something that is 2 years away!  

quinnd6
quinnd6

It probably won't be out till 2017 at the earliest then.

I wouldn't be getting excited about this yet totally pointless.


jack00
jack00

Take your time and make it the best damn DOOM ever, id. I believe in you!

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

Shove the game were the sun dont shine.

eze_sl89
eze_sl89

im fine with a remake and updated version of doom 3, better graphics , monsters weapons and effects.

Doom 3 and RoE was a great trip to hell. 

There is not much you can do about the original first 2 doom games, they were just very generic FPS but revolutionary for its time.

Doom 3 had a great story and maybe they can refine it with this new game. really hoping for something interesting here.

Arushni
Arushni

Maybe I'm the only one, but I sure hope Doom 4 isn't like Doom 3. I would hope it's more action-oriented like Doom 1 and 2 instead of survival horror. There are only so many scripted scare scenes I can take, and I've never considered Doom as being the type of game where I'm supposed to feel scared... that's not what made it popular, at least... Cooperative play, a mission to escape Phobos and Deimos, shooting demons along the way...


But then again, I read the Doom books back in the day and I loved the crap out of them (at least the first two). I've always wanted Doom to be more true to the style of the books.


Also, creepy space station romps are tiring. The point in the original was the demons took Mars (through a portal) so they could establish a foothold to attack Earth... seeing ruined cities being attacked by demons, and one or two marines to save them, is a lot more appealing to me overall.

godfather830
godfather830

It'll probably disappoint... not that I care much anyway.

g1rldraco7
g1rldraco7

Sounds scary than before, good job developers.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

awww so that trailer was a cg trailer not in game :-(


anyway from what ive read it all sounds like the mod Brutal Doom, which is a good thing. I just hope DOOM will have mod support 

berserker66666
berserker66666

If a new DOOM can come out, then there's still hope for Half Life 3 and The Last Guardian.

blainose
blainose

Stop crying because of no videos are out. They'll show it eventualy

ferna1234
ferna1234

they expect us to buy this thing just by putting the classic doom door sound?
that's a really bad start.

edeep87
edeep87

and by the way when is the beta coming then? in 2 freaking years?

edeep87
edeep87

They are not confident they will make it a good game. In a way it's suicide not showing the game and take feedbacks from the fans of the franchise. They are simply going in the dark and have no perception what so ever of what fans really want. It's a huge mistake in my opinion and something tells me they will regret it.

turretx7
turretx7

but, but, but, show me some screenshots from quakecon reveal b4 you crawl back in to making this awesome game? :(

homey_d_clown
homey_d_clown

While I know this is impossible, I think gamers should be allowed to choose who remakes there favorite games.  That way only qualified Dev studios get access to old quality titles and and sh1tty ones don't.

Saladudo
Saladudo

Feels like they have nothing at all, doesn't it?

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

I have a feeling this is just going to be the exact same generic stuff like the recent wolfenstein game

jack00
jack00

@tableofjapan You probably played it on launch where the game was a bit of a mess on a technical level. I played it first when they almost fixed everything and it was a great game. Old school shooter with a bit of new, I finished it 3-4 times and I am always returning for some more.

Arushni
Arushni

@tableofjapan Carmack is pretty much all about using games to showcase his engines. He was never good at telling a story, only action and pretty effects. I doubt Bethesda will have much of an impact on that... maybe... but Bethesda is terrible at telling a good story, too, so I wouldn't get your hopes up for this being anything other than another generic shooter.


Though it's always nice to dream.

lewishim666
lewishim666

@eze_sl89 Did you read the article, or just the headline? It's not a remake/updated version of Doom 3. It's a brand new game. A sequel. They are rebooting the original version of Doom (4) that wasn't well received into the Doom (4) we are getting  now.

YoungCardinal
YoungCardinal

@Xmus942  I remember seeing some of these screenshots leaked a while back. I think these are from the orginal Doom 4 development that was supposed to be a return to Earth. They scrapped that and started all over in 2012 with the intention of a reboot set back at Mars.

MJ12-Conspiracy
MJ12-Conspiracy

@dannydopamine8 The recent Wolfenstein was really good....one of the best games of the year....try looking ad Call Of Duty for generic....now that is truly the definition of generic....

the new Doom should be fun.....maybe they'll finally give Doomguy a name and voice but I doubt it....

I loved the original Doom games and still do, doom 3 was pretty good and it's expansions were fun as well, Id Software has never disappointed me....even with Rage, single player was solid, MP was take or leave though I do wish the single player was more open than it is...well there's always next time....I'm a pretty hardcore Id Software fan....love their games and always look forward to 'em....

jack00
jack00

@Arushni @tableofjapan  All games have stupid stories, only when people decide to hate on a perticular game but they don't have any idea why, they trash the story... typical gamer intellect level.

lewishim666
lewishim666

@eze_sl89  Rose tinted glasses engage. I loved Doom 3 too and still do to this day but your memory must be slipping because it was hated by a lot of people (even most of the hardcore fans) when it released. For being a generic corridor shooter  with predictable jump scares. With a plot that fell flat and wasn't suspenseful. You should try remembering things for what they were instead of what you wamted them to be. It will prevent future disappointments.

Xmus942
Xmus942

@YoungCardinal 

Yeah, after I made my original comment I found an article on Gamespot that referenced these pictures, and the guys from ID said these screen shot don't represent the final Doom game. 

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

@zeca04 well the stuff i 'bold' sound like its taken from Brutal Doom mod. But yea if it has mod support and like Brutal Doom its a buy straight away

  • Fast-paced combat against multiple enemies at once - Doom 3 this ain't.
  • Set outside a massive UAC research facility on Mars as it's being invaded by the forces of Hell.
  • Hellknights, cyberdemons, revenants, mancubii, and other classic monsters were spotted throughout the demo.
  • Classic Doom weapons, including the fan-favorite double-barrell shotgun return. Plasma rifle, rocket launcher, and the good old chainsaw were also shown off.
  • Go fast. "Doom is not about about taking cover" said executive producer Marty Stratton.
  • Doom is powered by IdTech 6, and will be for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. They are "committed" to 1080P at 60 frames-per-second.
  • Wonderfully gory close range executions, including special ones for dropping down on enemies from above.
  • Revenants now have jetpacks and can hover about while firing rockets at you.
  • At least one weapon, the combat shotgun, has an alternate fire mode, which allows you to charge up and release multiple shells in rapid succession.
  • Sprinting, double-jumping and mantling are all possible, making for very fluid motion during combat.
  • Enemies can teleport in for old-school style ambushes
  • Dying results in a crazy fatality scene depending on what killed you a la Dead Space. Revenants rip your arms off and punch straight through your combat helment.
  • Old school mechanics. No reloading your clip, hold as many weapons as you want, health and ammo pick-ups etc. NO REGENERATING HEALTH.

Arushni
Arushni

@jack00 I can't tell if you're trying to insult me or not. Some games have great stories. Doom 3 simply doesn't - or to be more precise, it's light on story on purpose. I would rather trash its overuse of scripted scenes, because I already know id games aren't about story, so it's not something I hold up to a high standard to begin with.

zeca04
zeca04

@TERMINATOR-SSD @zeca04 Heh, i really can't wait. The only thing i don't like so much is the engine. But overall, if it looks very nice and promising. Thanks fore sharing me this

rokketdawg
rokketdawg

@Arushni @jack00 Serious Sam...now THAT game had an epic story!

Ok...in all seriousness, I don't care if DOOM's story is flimsy or if the gameplay isn't particularly deep.  I think those of us that actually understand id software and DOOM will buy it anyway, mainly for the in-your-face action and cheap scares.  You may call it DOOM 4, but I shall call it "MINE".