Last year’s Bethesda E3 conference finally unveiled DOOM 4, now just called DOOM, to the public after a private reveal at QuakeCon in 2014. The Fallout publisher reportedly had RAGE 2 cancelled and was told to re-work DOOM in a move by parent company Zenimax.
The game is set to include an old school arena style multiplayer along with a traditional singleplayer campaign that surrounds the iconic DOOM marine attempting to save humanity by killing hordes of demons on Mars. After alpha tests of its online portion late last year, publisher Bethesda has finally announced the release date for the return of DOOM.
DOOM will launch on May 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The date was revealed at the end of a new story trailer, seen above, that showcases brutal first-person combat. New areas of the Union Aerospace Corporation’s Facility are shown off as well as gory kill animations and an array of unique sci-fi weapons. The launch of the game will pair with Dishonored 2 and inevitable Fallout 4 DLC as Bethesda's 2016 games lineup.
DOOM is being developed by id Software, pioneers in the FPS genre, as the studio makes a long-awaited comeback to their iconic franchise. On the other front, the future of RAGE is still undeclared as members of the development team seem to indicate the game was not cancelled, but instead halted to help with the development of DOOM 4. In an interview with Engadget, id Software co-founder Tom Willits spoke about a potential sequel at QuakeCon in 2013, hinting at a possible return for the series.
"I'm proud of what we did, I'm proud of the universe that we built. The franchise is not dead. We're not doing anything immediately with it, but when I designed the universe, I designed it in such a way that it would be easy to step back into. I'm still proud that we did something that was different – it wasn't like the games that we've done in the past."
After Bethesda recently revealed its plans to carry out another E3 conference in 2016, it may or may not be too soon to see RAGE 2 come to fruition if indeed a smaller team has been working on it while development ramped up for DOOM. The team at id Software might be reluctant to head straight into DOOM 5, which means that a sequel to RAGE might just be on the cards. Bethesda will surely need a headliner for its E3 conference, and the reveal of The Elder Scrolls 6 might just be wishful thinking.
DOOM will release on May 13 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.