Wolfenstein's Doom beta bonus a next-gen exclusive
April 7, 2014 // 10:13 a.m.
Bethesda has warned gamers that the upcoming beta version of wholly-owned subsidiary id Software's Doom reboot will be exclusively available on next-generation platforms, including PC.
While id Software itself has so far kept a lid on exactly what the reboot of its seminal Doom franchise, considered by many to have truly kicked off the first-person shooter craze as the follow-up to Wolfenstein 3D, Bethesda had previously announced that access to a closed beta would be a benefit of pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order. With the game launching on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Windows, that was considered to be an open offer to users of all platforms; sadly, Bethesda has now clarified that isn't the case.
While Wolfenstein: The New Order will be available on previous- and latest-generation consoles as well as Windows, the Doom beta will be exclusively available on latest-generation hardware: Windows PCs, the PS4 and the Xbox One. Those pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order specifically for access to the Doom beta, then, should be aware that while Xbox 360 and PS3 orders will still receive beta codes, these will only be redeemable on their respective replacements: Xbox 360 gamers will need an Xbox One to redeem the code, while PS3 gamers will need a PS4.
For gamers with both consoles and an adequately-specced PC, the news that the beta codes won't be redeemable cross-platform - you can't pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order on PS3 and use the code to gain access to the Windows beta - may be a blow, but could suggest great things in store for the Doom reboot. Following the poor critical reception of 2004's Doom 3, id Software has concentrated on other projects; if Doom proves, like its beta, to be exclusively available on the very latest console and PC hardware, it could represent a return to form with the potential for impressive visuals and ground-breaking technology.
For now, though, this is all conjecture: neither Bethesda nor its id Software subsidiary have spoken publicly on what form the new Doom will take, nor whether its beta programme will open on the 20th of May when Wolfenstein: The New Order launches.