DOOM Demoed Behind Closed Doors – First Details Arrive

Previously teased and semi-announced at E3 this year, it turns out that those hankering for some DOOM updates may be a little bit disappointed.

At this year’s annual QuakeCon convention, a behind closed doors demo of the newest game in the series was shown. Despite this, iD Software and Bethesda have mentioned that we’ll probably not see anything about the game publicly until next year. Whether this is a mistake or not remains to be seen.

Those who have attended the private demo have provided us with a veritable wealth of information on the game, however.

The game itself is called Doom, not Doom 4, and will be an “origin game” which will re-imagine everything about the original games. The emphasis on the demo was to show off the combat – which the team has been focusing on. Much like the older titles, the game will emphasise high speed movements and run-and-gun style of gameplay.

The game is running on idTech 6, rendering at full 1080p at a silky smooth 60 frames per second, not unlike idTech 5’s Wolfenstein: The New Order.

The new DOOM is also very gorey. Instead of finding keycards in the game, you’ll tear off arms off of corpses to access fingerprint scanners. Hand to hand kills are varied and ridiculously gorey too, and even the chainsaw makes an appearance. Enemies can even rip off the players arm and beat him to death with it. To top it off, enemies drop health when you squish them with your boot – that’s right, there’s no regenerating health.

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Another key feature allegedly shown in the demo is stunning enemies with gunfire, and then smashing their faces in with boots. So yeah, it’s a violent one. And considering the game has a weapon wheel, you’ll probably have a huge arsenal at your disposal as well.

But there are tinges of humour too – a custodian drone in this level is feverishly trying to clean up the blood in the streets but it is an exercise in humility.

While it sounds like an action affair, the demo also featured a dark cave system deep within the bowels of Mars – people who were in attendance at the demo noted it’s similarity to the slower paced, more atmospheric horror of Doom 3.

iD Software also mentioned that they’ll have a fast paced competitive multiplayer mode, but that they’ll be talking about it later. This will probably be the multiplayer mode purchasers of Wolfenstein: The New Order will have access to at some point later on.

DOOM is currently without a release date, but it will be releasing on PC, PS4 and Xbox One sometime in 2015 (presumably).