Doom Eternal: How Long Is It? Over 20 Hours, Game Director Says

It's a lot of work being Doom Slayer.

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Doom Eternal is every bit as chaotic and intense as it seems, if not more; we were able to play the first three hours of the game recently. But how long is Doom Eternal going to be? We've only scratched the surface, because Doom Eternal's campaign is said to be well over 20 hours.

During our preview demo, we also had a chance to speak with game director Hugo Martin. He discussed how Doom Eternal is handling difficulty in new ways and how all its elements of combat and exploration come together, but Martin also made mention of the game's length. "We're hell-bent on engaging you from beginning to end. This is a 22-plus hour game," he said.

Doom Eternal starts fast and throws so much at you in a short period of time, and the challenge is to keep up with its demands as a sort of FPS combat puzzle. And as Martin said himself, "You've seen more in the first two to three levels in this game than you do in the entire Doom 2016, without question." But that doesn't mean that the game shows its hand that early, or that you'll be able to conquer everything easily from then on. Martin explained, "The fun is mastering it, because that power fantasy, you're going to earn that... the game is just going to let you put it on display. The third act of the game is just like, 'Okay, let's see how you do.' It's Bruce Lee walking into the dojo, just like, 'I'm going to wreck 30 dudes,' you know?'"

Platforming scenarios, light puzzle elements, and exploration will also keep you busy between chaotic shootouts with demons. Plenty of secrets and optional combat challenges are spread throughout the game's expansive levels, too. There's even a hub area between missions called the Fortress of Doom where more unlockables lie. So, Doom Eternal has a bit more than ripping and tearing.

We have a closer look at all the wild things Doom Eternal is doing, so be sure to check out our in-depth impressions of Doom Eternal's first three hours. You can also get more details through our discussion on Doom Eternal or watch a breakdown of the game's chaotic combat.

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