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Doom 4 is doomed

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I will never forget the first time I faced down hell’s demons in the first Doom, or the very first time that I picked up Doom 2’s imp destroying, demon-death-dealing double-barrelled shotgun. If I close my eyes and  think very hard I might even remember a little of Doom 3, what little of it I could see in all that darkness. Doom is just one of those prolific titles that just about everybody who plays games has fond memories of. Don’t expect to carve any new Doom 4 memories any time soon though.

The game has been in development for 5 years now, and there’s little to show for it. according to an exposé by Kotaku, Doom 4 has been in some serious trouble for years – and has even been rebooted before release.

id’s core team, it seems, was too busy with the mediocre Rage to notice what was happening with Doom 4 development, and now that they’re done (and that Rage sequels have thankfully been scrapped) the entire team is working on Doom – and coming to conflict about its direction. It apparently was beginning to resemble Call of Duty before work started anew.

But Doom 4 is still coming – only it’ll now be coming to Next Gen consoles, and of course, PC.

"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’s marketing boss Pete Hines said in a statement.

"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."

I really have to wonder just how relevent id is these days. Their idTech 5 engine is now solely used for Zenimax projects; whereas their id Tech 3 engine, the one that powered Quake 3 arena, was used for pretty much everything – a role taken over by Epic’s Unreal engine. Their last actual releases have been remakes and ports; the likes of a remastered Doom 3, Quake Live and Wolfenstein 3D classic. Zenimax, I fear, may have bought a lemon.

Is id even relevant anymore, and do you give a damn about Doom 4?

Last Updated: April 4, 2013

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