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New Doom beta only coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC

New Doom beta only coming to Xbox One, PS4, and PC

A beta for the game formerly known as Doom 4 is included with pre-orders of Wolfenstein: The New Order. And while MachineGames' shooter is cross-gen, the Doom beta will not. Bethesda has confirmed that the beta will only be available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

Read more: What happens if you buy current-gen games? »

"Yeah, what they're saying is only the latest generation of the 3 main platforms, even though the ..."
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id: New technology making it harder to create mod tools

id: New technology making it harder to create mod tools

While id software has always been a forerunner in advanced technology and engine development, it is that very technology that is making it harder for the developer to continue to pursue the creation of mod tools and easily moddable games, id studio director Tim Willits said.

The tools for Rage were were released earlier this year, more than a year after the game came out. Willits told Shacknews that the reason was that trying to get a tool kit to the point where it can run on only one machine is a huge undertaking.

Read more: On Quake Live and Quake Wars »

"Quake 4 was definitely better than Doom 3, for what that's worth. Although that's probably the ..."
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Doom 4's 'identity crisis' cause for delay

Doom 4's 'identity crisis' cause for delay

id Software started on Doom 4 a long, long time ago. But it was deemed unexciting and the studio decided to start over from scratch.

So what was so wrong with Doom 4 that it had to go back to the drawing board? Studio director Tim Willits says it wasn't just a matter of a single, easily fixable problem. "Every game has a soul. Every game has a spirit. When you played Rage, you got the spirit. And [Doom] did not have the spirit, it did not have the soul, it didn't have a personality," he said. "It had a bit of schizophrenia, a little bit of an identity crisis."

Read more: 'We focused everybody. All hands on deck.' »

"What I don't want: - Weapon unlocks or any kind of XP grinding/leveling up - Iron sights - ..."
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Doom 4 was not 'exciting' enough, sent back to the drawing board

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Doom 4 was not 'exciting' enough, sent back to the drawing board

Hey, remember Doom 4? It was announced nearly five years ago, so we thought maybe Bethesda and id Software had forgotten about it. But apparently, no. It's been quite troubled--something that Bethesda VP of marketing and PR Pete Hines admitted.

"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," Hines said. "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."

Read more: 'Call of Doom' and the Rage problem »

"Id and Doom team needs to take a long hard look at Dark Souls and how they did their online ..."
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Doom 3: BFG Edition source code released

Doom 3: BFG Edition source code released

As it does so very kindly like to do, id Software has released another dollop of engine source code. This latest is somewhat less exciting than many, simply offering the updated Doom 3 source from the BFG Edition but hey, now the folks at home can make the best and shiniest Doom 3 games yet.

Read more: Out on GitHub »

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Doom Classic Complete coming to PSN today

Doom Classic Complete coming to PSN today

It's the season of heavy holiday hitters for the games industry, but if you're more of a classic connoisseur you might prefer strolls down memory lane. To that end, a "Doom Classic Complete" set is hitting the PlayStation Network today, and it packs three of the hell-heavy titles together.

Read more: Includes Doom, Doom 2, Final Doom for $14.99 »

"I'd even say $5. I (re-)bought that exact same collection on PC years ago for $9.99. No ..."
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Shack PSA: Don't install Doom 3 BFG on Xbox 360

Shack PSA: Don't install Doom 3 BFG on Xbox 360

If you've picked up the Xbox 360 version of Doom 3 BFG, publisher Bethesda is recommending you do not install the game onto your hard drive. Not only are there no performance gains to be found, installing the game will make classic Doom inaccessible.

Read more: 'No performance advantage to installing the game' »

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Doom 3 BFG launches today with creepy trailer

Doom 3 BFG launches today with creepy trailer

It's time for a trip back to hell as Doom 3 BFG Edition launches today with a scary-as-hell trailer. Appropriate, no?

The BFG edition is a major compilation, including Doom 3, the Resurrection of Evil expansion and a new seven-level Lost Mission. The game also includes the original Doom and Doom 2. Everything is optimized in 3D and 5.1 Surround sound and has some tweaks and additions, particularly the shoulder-mounted flashlight.

Watch: Nightmares for 3D »

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Exploring Virtual Reality in Doom 3 BFG

Exploring Virtual Reality in Doom 3 BFG

I really wasn't sure what to expect when I entered John Carmack's virtual reality demo suite this weekend at QuakeCon. I had missed his VR presentation at E3, so in my head, the only experience I could pull from was in my teenage days, strapping on a huge heavy headset and shooting at wire-frame monsters and vehicles.

I had heard Carmack's keynote where he talked about his attempts with VR and I had watched Palmer Luckey's Oculus Rift Kickstarter blow through its goal. But, neither prepared me for what I saw on the table next to the computer running Doom 3 BFG. Held together with hot glue and duct tape was a device with numerous thick wires running from it, reminding me of high school science project. It was indeed a lot smaller, and it was a Carmack science project, but I'd be lying if I said I wasn't skeptical about what I was about to see.

Read more: VR tech in Doom 4? Quite likely »

"Also hooking up with Epic and Valve sure gets easier with JC behind your project."
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Doom 3 BFG releases October 16th

Doom 3 BFG releases October 16th

The enhanced re-release of Doom 3 is coming just in time for Halloween, publisher Bethesda Softworks has announced. The "BFG Edition" of id's classic FPS will be available on October 16 on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. The console versions will retail for $40, while the PC version will be $30.

BFG adds Doom 3, Resurrection of Evil, and "The Lost Mission"--all optimized in 3D, 5.1 surround sound, achievements, improved rendering and lighting, and a new checkpoint save system. There's also an armor-mounted flashlight, "allowing players to illuminate dark corners and blast enemies at the same time."

Watch: The BFG trailer »

"Can't pay me to replay doom3 vanilla over again. Resurrection of Evil made by Nerve ..."
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Doom 3 remastered with BFG Edition for PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Doom 3 remastered with BFG Edition for PC, Xbox 360, PS3

Why, it seems like only yesterday that we were all jazzed about the launch of Doom 3, but at almost eight years old (eight!) it's now being remastered for PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. The BFG Edition of Doom 3 includes its expansion pack Resurrection of Evil, a new seven-level mission, the first two Doom games, and changes including... an armour-mounted flashlight!

Watch: The announcement trailer »

"When was the last id title that took off as a MP title though? Q3A?"
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Doom returns to XBLA today

Doom returns to XBLA today

Over a year after Doom was pulled from Xbox Live Arcade due to publisher Activision's rights expiring, the console port of id Software's seminal shooter is returning. If, for some reason, you want to play Doom on Xbox 360 rather than PC--split-screen multiplayer being the only real acceptable answer--you may buy it again from today.

Read more: Be Doomed for only $5 »

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Doom 3 engine goes open-source

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Doom 3 engine goes open-source

id Software last night released the engine source code for Doom 3 under a GPL3 license, letting all and sundry get their hands dirty and bend it to their will. You can download the code here at Shacknews. Let the coding commence!

Read more: What does all this mean for me? »

"All I want is soft shadows that don't drop your FPS down to 15, and I'll be set with replaying ..."
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Doom 3 open-sourcing held up while Carmack writes new code

Doom 3 open-sourcing held up while Carmack writes new code

Before it could release an open-source version of the Doom 3 engine code to all, id Software had to run it by the lawyers. But, their fierce eyes have spotted a slight problem. Chief id technomancer John Carmack is now writing new code to dodge legal issues surrounding the rendering technique, "Carmack's Reverse," which gave Doom 3 its lovely shadows.

Read more: Carmack's who what now? »

"That is what I would like to know, I put the game on hold when it was anounced thinking the ..."
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Doom 3 source code will be released after Rage

Doom 3 source code will be released after Rage

id Software has said for several years that it intends to release the Doom 3 source code after Rage shipped, and now those plans are looking a little more concrete. During his legendary QCon keynote speech yesterday, id technical wizard John Carmack revealed that parent company ZeniMax has approved the source release, and it'll arrive some time after Rage's October launch (via Eurogamer).


"Why isn't Prey 2 being done with id Tech 5 if it is officially owned by ZeniMax? There's no good ..."
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