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Is Doom 4 Doomed?

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id’s Rage is selling pretty well, making top ten lists all over the world. It’s to be expected; id is one of the most prolific game studios in the history – responsible for phenomena like Commander Keen, Wolfenstein, Doom and Quake. Unfortunately their post-apocalyptic shooter Rage hasn’t quite gotten the critical reception that was expected of it , not helped by the fact that the PC and PS3 versions of the game were littered with all manner of technical issues.

The game seems to have put a stain on id – so much so that the release of Doom 4 might be compromised.

According to Kotaku’s secret sources, "company wide" meeting between Bethesda Softworks – which owns id Software – and parent company Zenimax resulted in the decision to "indefinitely postpone" development of Doom 4. The reason, says the rumour mill, is that Zenimax has a "a serious lack of confidence in the project management at id," based on Rage’s "issues and reviews."

You’d imagine that Zenimax, as publisher, would be keen to get an established property like Doom out of the gates as soon as possible, to try and recoup the losses they’ve made with Rage. It does make sense from a business perspective though; Rage has been in development for far too long and has likely cost the publisher millions upon millions of dollars in development and marketing. It would be pretty risky to start the process all over again, and given id’s proclivity for pushing the envelope (even if it is just own a flight of stairs).

Doom 4 seems to be “indefinitely postponed,” which is a little different from “cancelled” but still doesn’t bode well for the iconic series – or its developers.

Last Updated: October 21, 2011

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