Nestled into the action-packed QuakeCon 2018 keynote, id software took to the stage to unveil in suitably guitar chugging style the first glimpse of Doom Eternal gameplay as well a a bundle of details.
First up, id were intent on confirming their commitment to making a ‘pure, unfiltered, action FPS experience’ by creating the most brutal, badass, and powerful slayer protagonist possible through an arsenal of new weapons, brutal attachments, and armor that’s the very definition of heavy. Among these are the demon-spearing ballista and the super shotgun with a meat hook attachment, which is as gore-injected as it sounds. The slayer can hook onto enemies and propel himself into close proximity for up close and personal brutality.
Focus then turned to enemies with updates to classic Doom antagonists like the Arachnotron and Pain Elemental, and fresh bad guys such as the Marauder. Taking these unsavory characters down is at the core of the game, and in line with this id have spent time creating the new ‘destructible demons’ system where enemies disintegrate piece-by-piece in front of our very eyes as they are pummeled with bullets.
Creative director Hugo Martin and game director Marty Stratton then finally give in the raucous crowds and unveil game play. The trailer is a fast-paced cacophony of gore and exaggerated violence on a truly inhospitable world, and it doesn’t disappoint. It’s unadulterated carnage. The myriad ways to decapitate or dismember the hordes of demons are enough to send one into an epileptic fit. It’s clear id haven’t let up following the success of their previous Doom title.
The developer also unveiled the brand new invasion mode whereby players ‘have the ability to take control of the demons and invade another player’s campaign’. That’s not all, multiple demons can join a game to hunt down a slayer together.
Following on canonically from Bethesda’s 2016 reboot of Doom, Doom Eternal takes place on a demon-infested earth, in hell, and on the martian moon of Phobos among other undisclosed locations. Id are eager to create a ‘Doom universe’ rather a simple sequel and have thus invested resources into creating a rich, compelling lore surrounding the IP.
No firm release window as of right now, but Doom Eternal is launching not only on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox, but also on Switch.