Doom 4 Beta…Maybe?
Courtesy Kyle Orland, Ars Technica
Solid information about the next game in the storied Doom franchise remains scarce, even though we’re now nearing ten years since the release of Doom 3 and approaching six years since the official announcement of Doom 4. (We’ve also passed 20 years since the original Doom was released). That lack of information isn’t stopping publisher Bethesda Softworks from using the game as a sales booster, though; it’s tying access to an upcoming Doom beta test to pre-orders of another id franchise reboot, Wolfenstein: The New Order.
The company has posted an FAQ regarding the surprise pre-order beta bonus, but it doesn’t provide answers to any actually relevant questions. Missing in action are details like when the beta will take place, what platforms it will be on, or, um, any details about what the game will look or play like (I’m guessing casual cooking simulation, personally). The FAQ can’t even tell us whether or not there will be a separate, open beta for the game outside of the pre-order access, though it does warn that “the only current way to ensure access is through pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order.”
Still, the pre-order bonus is a sign that development on a new Doom game is still going forward inside Bethesda, and that the project is close enough to done to start promising a beta test in the nebulous future. But it’s not a forgone conclusion given the troubled development history of Doom 4 thus far. One more semi-interesting tidbit: all the promotional materials for this pre-order bonus refer to the game simply as “the Doom beta” and not specifically as Doom 4, suggesting a renumbering/re-branding may be in the works.
Wolfenstein: The New Order is set to release May 20 in North America and May 23 in Europe for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, and PC.