Doom not ready for formal announcement until next year

The new Doom had its reveal at QuakeCon, but it was a somewhat strange one and exclusive to attendees. Bethesda's Pete Hines has explained why the company chose to unveil it that way, and when we'll be seeing more from Doom.

Apparently, it comes down to id Software being unprepared for a worldwide reveal. He told PC Gamer that the studio didn't want the footage to be picked apart at a time when "normally we wouldn't be showing this to anybody at all." So why bother showing footage to anyone, then? Hines said he wanted to dispel rumors of trouble at id, by sending a clear signal of its current project. 

"I really wanted to put something out there that, in a strong way, said, ‘id is working on something that we think is really cool,’" said Hines. "And we wanted ... to show something to [id Software fans] that gives them the confidence that it is still a viable studio that’s doing really cool stuff, that is making a game you want to play, and is treating Doom with the care and respect that you want.

For those who didn't attend QuakeCon, Hines said that normally the PR cycle for a game in this state would begin next year. He said plans can change, but he doesn't think they will, so those of us who didn't go to Texas might have to wait until 2015 for more on Doom. But hey, at least we'll get beta access eventually, right?