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Id working on new version of Doom 4

Id working on new version of Doom 4

Doom 4 will apparently draw inspiration from Doom 2 in the same way that Doom 3 drew inspiration from Doom.

Legendary developer Id Software is working on a fresh version of Doom 4 according to sources at the studio talking to Kotaku.

Despite the project being officially announced in 2008, in 2011 following the release of Rage, work on the game was restarted due to management deciding it was not living up to expectations.

Following the release of the much-delayed Rage in 2011, upper management at the studio started paying more attention to the Doom project and made the decision to change its direction. Id has been instructed by publisher ZeniMax to focus entirely on Doom 4, cancelling Rage 2 which had entered the planning phase.

'An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that Id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect,' Bethesda vice-president of marketing and public relations Pete Hines told Kotaku. 'As a result, Id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise. When we’re ready to talk about the Doom 4 Id is making, we will let folks know.'

According to the sources within the studio, the earlier version of Doom 4 gained the nickname 'Call of Doom' thanks to its heavy reliance on scripted sequences and 'obligatory vehicle scenes'.

Built on Id's Tech 5 engine, also used by Rage, Doom 4 is being planned for next generation consoles, but even a vague release date has not been volunteered. ZeniMax hopes the title can generate as much cultural interest as its other studio Bethesda managed with Skyrim, arguing that Doom 4 can have the same scale of impact.

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SpAceman 4th April 2013, 10:35 Quote
I hope some CoD developers are reading this.
It was like your games so they started over. Something to be learnt there.
Blademrk 4th April 2013, 10:38 Quote
There was also a comment in a Kotaku article that Zenimax had threatened Id that Doom 4 better be good or else...
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Originally Posted by Kotaku
Two sources told me that earlier this year, frustrated with the lack of progress on Doom 4, ZeniMax came to Id with an ultimatum: make something happen, or else. The specifics of the threat are unclear, but there are plenty of rumors floating around Dallas, Texas, where Id is based.
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Originally Posted by Kotaku
One source described a meeting in which ZeniMax executives told Id leads that “Doom 4 can and should be as big as Skyrim,” as far as both sales and cultural impact.
lacuna 4th April 2013, 12:22 Quote
Original didn't contain enough profit making opportunities....
Shirty 4th April 2013, 12:30 Quote
I will expect this game to be bad, but hope to be pleasantly surprised.

Doom 3 was better than a lot of people said it was and the shadows were awesome, but lacked the incredible impact of the first game.
Bindibadgi 4th April 2013, 12:43 Quote
Just rename it Daikatana 2 and get it over with.

id egos again biting off more than they can chew, plus, have they done anything relevant since ... Quake 3? Quake 2?
Flibblebot 4th April 2013, 13:07 Quote
^ +1

iD are massively over-hyped developers - they haven't made anything truly innovative since they introduced the world to online multiplayer.
roundyz 4th April 2013, 14:25 Quote
ID, good at writing game engines, crap at games. They should licence out the brand name and let someone who is good at writing games do it. With immersion and not just the normal shoot wierd deformed creatures ID put in thier games..
Stanley Tweedle 4th April 2013, 14:54 Quote
It is a consequence of taking too many decades to complete a game. They take so long to produce one game that it's outdated long before completion. So now they will restart Doom 4 with a reduced timescale of 10 years for completion and in year 8 they will realise the game is once again outdated....
Pete J 4th April 2013, 14:55 Quote
I've already played Doom 4.

All you have to do is install Doom 3 along with the Wulfen high res textures and Sikh mod and you can too.
Stanley Tweedle 6th April 2013, 13:42 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
I've already played Doom 4.

All you have to do is install Doom 3 along with the Wulfen high res textures and Sikh mod and you can too.

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