Over two decades ago, Doom opened the gates of hell and opened many eyes to the world of the FPS. After the original Wolfenstein, it is celebrated as contributing to the popularity of the genre. You grew up in a golden era of video games if you can remember watching the face of poor ‘Doomguy’ get more and more bloody the more punishment he suffered. The series has been away for a while, but after eight years in development the new Doom finally arrives this year.
We don’t really know where it fits in the timeline of things. Is it a prequel? A reboot? A sequel? CEO of id Software, Todd Hollenshead wasn’t too clear in 2009 when he said: “It’s not a sequel to Doom 3, but it’s not a reboot either. Doom 3 was sort of a reboot. It’s a little bit different than those.” Whatever it turns out to be, fans have been given a look at what to expect when playing the game online, as well as when they can test it out.
The game’s publisher Bethesda has released an official trailer, showcasing some of the action to be expected in Doom’s new multiplayer. It looks as chaotic, gruesome and frenetic as expected as the short footage welcomes players to hell. When one player eventually starts to turn into a giant demon to unleash death on its opponents, Doom makes every other online shooter look like it’s been treating fans with kid gloves. Developer id Software has gotten some expert help with the multiplayer part of their new title from Certain Affinity, which has previously worked on multiplayer development of Halo 4, Halo: The Master Chief Collection as well as Call of Duty: Ghosts – to name a few.
The demon transformation is by far the most compelling element of the trailer, as it potentially hints at one of the game modes that will be available. The demon is slain by a player in dramatic fashion, and that player then transforms into another monster, unleashing unique and devastating abilities. Does this point to some kind of demon hunter mode? It could work in a similar fashion to Star Wars Battlefront’s Heroes, in which one player gets to play as an iconic character from the films and the one who strikes them down then becomes the hero themselves. Multiplayer game modes that are confirmed include: four-player deathmatch, domination, freeze tag and clan arena.
Fans not only got a glimpse of the multiplayer action but also details of when they will be able to try it out for themselves, as the date for the beta was announced. It is worth noting that this is a closed beta, meaning, unfortunately, that not just anyone will be able to take part. If you pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order back in 2014, you may want to dig out and dust off your box. Some may have forgotten all about it, but inside should be a code, which can be used to gain access to the Doom beta. The closed beta itself will begin March 31 until April 3 across consoles and PC.
Two years is a long enough time to completely forget that you had a beta access code stashed away, but if it lives up to expectations set by this trailer, everyone who has one will be rediscovering it as soon as they can.
Doom is released on May 13 on PS4, Xbox One and PC.