Bethesda took to the stage at E3 2018 and unveiled a host of games, from the post-apocalyptic online world of Fallout 76 to the Mad Max-esque Rage 2, but arguably the most exciting announcement was a follow up to 2016’s Doom; Doom Eternal. Not much was said about the game at E3 2018 – in fact, only a short trailer was shown.
Fast forward to QuakeCon 2018 in August and Bethesda showcased a juicy Doom Eternal gameplay video, giving us our first look at what to expect from the upcoming game. Here’s all we know so far about Doom Eternal, from release date speculation to gameplay features and the latest videos.
When will Doom Eternal be released?
Doom Eternal was first revealed at E3 2018 and was welcomed by huge applause from fans of the long-time series. And while Bethesda usually reveals games that are due to be released in the game year, it doesn’t seem like it’ll be the case with Doom Eternal. There was no release date or even a release window provided, leading us to believe that it won’t be available until next year at the very least.
There is one rumour that suggests otherwise though; while it has been since rectified, the original Doom Eternal Amazon listing noted a release date of 28 December 2018. We’re fairly certain that this is just a placeholder date and that it holds no relevance, mainly due to the URL. The original URL included ‘Placeholder-15-PC’ rather than the game by name, suggesting that it was an early listing with incorrect information.
Besides, looking back at the reveal and subsequent release of Doom (2016) we can see that Bethesda likes to announce Doom titles a year before release, suggesting that we’ll see Doom Eternal at some point in 2019.
Which platforms will Doom Eternal support?
Doom Eternal will support not only PC, Xbox One and PS4 at launch, but also the Nintendo Switch. While it might seem like a questionable game for the family-friendly Switch, Bethesda saw a positive reception when Doom (2016) eventually came out for the handheld console in 2017.
What should we expect from Doom Eternal gameplay?
Doom Eternal is a sequel set after the events of 2016’s Doom, and while not much is known about what the story will entail, we do know that it takes place on an Earth overrun by the forces of Hell. We can also confirm that gamers will be spending some time in space on Phobos, the innermost moon of Mars – what kind of Hellish creature lives out there? We’ll have to wait and find out.
In terms of actual gameplay, Doom Eternal looks like it’ll play much like its predecessor, packed with fast-paced, violent and gory battles with hellish demons of all shapes and sizes.
Bethesda has confirmed one little titbit; there will be twice as many varieties of demons as there were in the first title, and based on early gameplay footage seen at the top of this article, we can confirm that Cacodemons, Barons of Hell, Pain Elementals, Arch-Viles, Arachnotrons, Imps and Revenants are all set to return.
There will be a large selection of weaponry available, both returning weapons and entirely new ones. Returning weapons have been tweaked and revamped, with some receiving new functions while others get a facelift.
The biggest new addition to Doom Eternal is the introduction of an Invasion mode where online players can jump into the single-player campaign as a demon with the aim of hunting you down and killing you. You can go it alone, or you can party up with friends and hunt down a poor unsuspecting player hacking-and-slashing their way through the campaign.
Doom Eternal trailers and gameplay videos
When Bethesda announced Doom Eternal at E3 2018, only a short trailer was shown. You can see this below: