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DOOM: The Dark Ages Has Been Revealed And It’s Coming Next Year

Let's get medieval.

This morning saw the annual Xbox Games Showcase return, full of new game announcements, fresh trailers and updates for existing or already-announced titles and an exciting surprise or two.

One announcement that did leak early but was no less impactful for it is DOOM: The Dark Ages, a brand-new entry in the modern DOOM games that takes place in an ancient world of gods and castles and brimstone and things of that ilk.

The debut trailer at the Xbox Games Showcase revealed the game is coming to PS5, Xbox Series X|S and PC in 2025, and is coming to Game Pass on day one, but aside from a few seconds of flashy gameplay we didn’t get a whole lot else in the announce.

The accompanying blog post does reveal more, so here’s what it says:

A vicious-looking dragon spreads its cybernetic wings and roars.

Vile forces push a kingdom to the brink. Fangs gnashing, their fury is emboldened by the flames of Hell’s own malevolence. No mortal blade cuts their masses down. No bulwark stays their advance. No army dares match them in the battlefield.

But you will. You are the super weapon primed to destroy evil.

For when Hell is at the gates, the DOOM Slayer answers.

The DOOM Slayer stares down the viewer, lit by flames in the background.

Wage war as one man matched against Hell’s legions in a dark fantasy setting expanding the DOOM universe. Witness the origin of the Slayer’s rage and his rise from a kingdom’s last hope to Hell’s greatest fear in this pulse-pounding, cinematic prequel to DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal.

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Go medieval on battalions of demons, made up of all-new threats as well as familiar foes reforged from DOOM’s classic bestiary. Bring their malicious forces to heel with heavy duty shooter combat in a heroic story of epic proportion, powered by the latest idTech engine.

A village is besieged by demonic forces as artillery streaks across the night sky.

Blast, bludgeon, bisect and break through the enemy ranks using the Slayer’s superhuman strength, lethal arsenal and unmet tenacity. Supplement your trusty Super Shotgun with The Dark Ages’ new weaponry, including the face-shattering Flail and revved-up, throwable Shield Saw.

The player faces against a pairs of gargantuan demons.

Inspired by the original DOOM (1993), players overcome the odds in The Dark Ages in firmly grounded, heavy-hitting clashes featuring destructible demons, vicious melee strikes and more. With the right combination of ranged bombardment & melee aggression, anyone stepping into the Slayer’s boots will make Hell quiver in theirs.

The building-sized Atlan mech imposes from above.

DOOM: The Dark Ages’ cosmic-scale conflict calls for the heaviest ordnance possible, and the Slayer heeds. Enter the cockpit of your Atlan – a daunting skyscraper-sized mech capable of toppling Hell’s behemoths with titanic metal fists – and reclaim the skies aboard the Slayer’s Mecha Dragon, strapped to the jaws with jet engines and overwhelming firepower.

Take a look at the debut trailer below: