Doom 3 BFG edition is no simple HD port

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Doom 3, a game we all played in the last generation is coming to current generation consoles. This is a disturbing trend; we’ve seen games that are barely a handful of years old being re-released this generation, packing in nary an update or increased feature-set beyond “HD GRAPHICS.” Most HD remakes are little more than a quick cash-in, unfortunately. id’s Tim Willits wants you to know that the company’s imminent re-release of Doom3 isn’t like the others.

“We’re doing more with Doom 3 BFG than just re-releasing the original,” Willits told VG247. “We’ve actually put a heck of a lot of Rage tech into the Doom 3 engine to kind of modernise the game.”

“For instance”, he added “we have the Rage input control, checkpoints, we’ve updated the lighting so it’s brighter, we changed the flashlight, tweaked ammo, we’ve put the Rage network layer in to make it run faster at low latency, and we added 3D support, multi-display support for PC.”

“Then we went through every single level of the original and things that were really frustrating or not fun, we made them more enjoyable,”so it is really kind of cool for us – especially as we all love the Doom franchise – to go back and rework the game in such a way. We’ve done a handful of small things that really have a big impact to kind of re-introduce the franchise to our fans, and to really say hello to some new fans because everyone’s heard of Doom, but you’d be surprised at just how many people haven’t actually played it.”

Willits – and id in general – aren’t particularly enthused with the recent rash of half-baked, half-assed HD re-releases of games.

“That’s what I’m keen to talk to all of the reporters about, because you’re right – a number of publishers have put together compilation packs and said to people ‘oh hey, three old games for 20 bucks, this is great!’ But we’ve really worked hard to make this version of Doom 3 more than just a re-release.”

We had a bit of a look at the game at Gamescom…and it looks like Doom 3. In HD.  Hey id…you know how you could have made it so it wasn’t just a rerelease?

By making Doom 4.

The Doom 3 BFG Edition will be out on PS3, Xbox 360 and PC next month.

Last Updated: September 6, 2012

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

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