DOOM’s multiplayer is fast, bloody and has a beta

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DOOM's multiplayer is as fast as its ever been this year, and it's inviting everyone in for a test later this month

DOOM, against all the odds stacked against it for so many years, is weeks away from launch. It’s still a good number of weeks, but as May edges closer and closer so too my anticipation for the return of the ultra violent, fast-paced shooter rises. And it’s not so much the single-player that has my interest in a vice grip. No, instead it’s the game’s blindingly fast multiplayer, which is bringing back the arena shooter.

And finally too.

If you don’t believe me, just take a look for yourself. Bethesda and iD Software have release a brand new trailer filled with brutal multi-kills, demonic transformations and all sorts of weapons to drool over, delivered at a pace you’d expect from a DOOM (or Quake or Unreal Tournament) title.

It easy to see just how much of the arena-styled shooter is making a return, with tight corridors in claustrophobic maps litter with all manners of pickups and power-ups. The weapon variety on show is great too, with the standard rocket launchers and shotguns making room for a kinetically-charged sniper, and equally satisfying energy based rifle.

And if those just don’t just it for you there’s also Demonic Runes – which temporarily let you channel your inner demon and go on extended rampages as a slave from hell of your choice. Neat.

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DOOM’s multiplayer is finally getting that closed beta iD has been promising for so long, taking place on March 31st to April 4th. If you purchased Wolfenstien: The New Order you’ll probably have already redeemed the beta key that was included, booking you a front row seat to the action come the end of the month.

If not, well there’s not much waiting between then and release anyway. DOOM is out on PC, Xbox One and PS4 on May 13th.

Last Updated: March 10, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Pieter Kruger

    Looks like they could’ve just called it “Halo Horror”……which is a very good thing!????

    • Mark Treloar

      Halo Horror? Except Doom and Quake 3 Team Arena pioneered this genre not Halo.

      • justlikemo

        and a small mention for unreal tournament, which came out before Halo as well.

        • Pariah

          UT, while different to Q3, was also amazing. Lots of good times, before Halo was even an idea.

          • justlikemo

            oh yeh, great times

      • Pariah

        Preach it brother!

      • Pieter Kruger

        Just saying if it plays anything like Halo 5 it will be their best MP to date!

        • Pariah

          Yeah, Halo 5 has got a lot to learn from the old-school shooters mate. What we’re saying is that if it plays like Halo 5, then it won’t be good enough.

          • Pieter Kruger

            ROFL! I really hope you’re not disappointed then….

          • Pariah

            Yeah me too man. Me too. Since my hype is so high, if it fails to meet the expectations, the disappointment will be super high.

          • Deceased

            +1

  • Umar

    Damn that looks kak sexy.

  • Pariah

    DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

  • Pariah

    Honestly, I’ve not been this excited for a game in a long, long, LONG time.

    • Pariah

      Now I know how Grammar Nazi Guy Agent Dude felt about XCOM2. Only in DOOOOOOM you don’t misss point blank shots to the face. 😀 (Nor do they miss you)

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Yep, me too, I can’t remember when last an MP game looked this fast paced and brutal…

  • Graeme Selvan

    OH MAN I need this!

  • Jan Prins

    This releases on my Pastor friend’s birthday! Gonna get him a copy and go “Shoot the forces of hell in the face, Buddy!”

    • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

      Haai sies man! That’s quite sadistic really, handing someone, what seems to be, the best game in the FPS genre, and they can’t play it, or if they do, they’ll have to keep it a secret, or repent, that could also work…

      • Jan Prins

        You miss the point. A Pastor should grab any chance he gets to give Satan’s Army grief. This game should be sold from the pulpits!
        Put Ephesians 6:10-11 in there somewhere too…

        “10 Finally, ebe strong in the Lord and in fthe strength of his might. 11 gPut on hthe whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against ithe schemes of the devil…”

        • Greylingad[CNFRMD]

          HAHAHA!!

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          Why are you trying to tempt the holy man? Games are the devil’s work in the first place, and now you’re telling him to immerse himself in that work to “fight” against its master? The first innocent step on the path to corruption, with you leading him by the hand.

          • Jan Prins

            No. No. No. We both know Kim Kardashian’s ‘career’ is the work of the devil.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            So now you’re going to get him to play her mobile game in an attempt to “end” her career? IS THERE NO END TO YOUR VILLAINY?

          • Jan Prins

            No. And I am going to buy him the issue of Playboy she appears nude in, so he can see the enemy in all her guises.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            But he’s a man of the good book, and you want him to read the bad book?

          • Pariah

            I think you have things switched around there…

          • Deceased

            lol

          • Jan Prins

            It’s only a bad book if he desires the girl…

  • Guild

    Now I’m definitely interested 🙂 That MP looks awesome

  • GooseZA

    Hot damn that looks fantastic. Totally takes me back to Quake and Unreal days. Just with MUCH more blood!

  • HairyEwok

    DUUUUDDEE…. DOOOOOOOOM… DAAAAAAAAAMN…

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