Doom (stylized as DOOM and originally known as Doom 4) is the upcoming reboot of the Doom series, developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game will be the first since the release of Doom 3 in 2004, and will be released on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on May 13, 2016.
Doom will be a first-person shooter which has “badass demons, big effing guns, and moving really fast” as key principles, according to id Software executive producer Marty Stratton. The game will feature a large arsenal of weapons, which can be collected and freely switched by players throughout the game. Many classic weapons, including the super shotgun and BFG 9000, will make a return. In addition, melee weapons such as the chainsaw, which can cut enemies in half, are also featured. Many enemies from the original games like the Revenant, Mancubus, and Cyberdemon return as well, some of them redesigned. As the combat system of the game puts emphasis on momentum and speed, the game allows players to perform movements like sprinting and double-jumping. A combat system known as “push forward combat” is featured, which discourages players from taking cover behind obstacles or resting to regain health. As a result, the game will not feature any cover mechanics or a health-regeneration system. Players can collect health and armour pick-ups scattered throughout levels, or kill enemies to regain health. A new mechanic introduced in Doom is the melee execution system. It allows players to perform a melee-takedown when players deal enough damage to enemies. Enemies available for melee-takedown will be highlighted.
The game’s multiplayer is being developed in conjunction with Certain Affinity. Several multiplayer modes, such as traditional four-player deathmatch, domination, freeze tag, and clan arena, are included in the game. Power-ups and teleports are also to be featured in the game. Certain game modes feature asymmetrical structures, in which players can pick-up a pentagram in the map that allows them to transform into and fight as one of the monsters featured in the game. The game will also include a built-in tool titled “Doom SnapMap” which allows players to construct custom maps, create new game modes and share them with the online community.
Developer: id Software
Publisher: Bethesda Softworks
Director: Tim Willits
Producer: Marty Stratton
Artist: Hugo Martin
Composer: Mick Gordon
Engine: id Tech 6
Platform(s): Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Release date(s) May 13, 2016
Genre(s): First-person shooter
Mode(s): Single-player, multiplayer
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