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New Doom beta access included with Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-orders

As fun as Wolfenstein: The New Order looks, the id Software game we're all most keen to hear more of is Doom. The vagueness continues. Publisher Bethesda today announced that The New Order will launch on May 20, and pre-ordering will get you access to a beta for Doom. Which Doom? Doom 4? And what's the beta? Oh, don't worry your pretty little head with all that.

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As fun as Wolfenstein: The New Order looks, the id Software series we're most keen to hear more of is Doom. The vagueness continues. Publisher Bethesda today announced that The New Order will launch on May 20, and pre-ordering will get you access to a beta for "Doom." Which Doom? Doom 4? And what's the beta? Oh, don't worry your pretty little head with all that.

The Wolfenstein site refers merely to "Doom," as if we'll understand that. Yes, we're well aware of what Doom is, but what is this? Bethesda is slightly more verbose on Twitter, at least, saying it's beta access to "the next Doom game." Whatever that may be. One assumes the beta will multiplayer in some form, but that's purely speculation.

The New Order's coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS3. It's developed by MachineGames, a studio formed by Starbreeze founder Magnus Hogdahl and several other Starbreeze folks.

"Running and gunning and killing Nazis are the essence of the franchise, and MachineGames so far has done an admirable job of paying tribute to the id games of yore," we wrote after seeing it in May, though we were a little more sceptical of its attempts at a story. Catch a glimpse of that story stuff in this new trailer, released today to celebrate all the news:

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    February 19, 2014 7:15 AM

    Alice O'Connor posted a new article, New Doom beta access included with Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-orders.

    As fun as Wolfenstein: The New Order looks, the id Software game we're all most keen to hear more of is Doom. The vagueness continues. Publisher Bethesda today announced that The New Order will launch on May 20, and pre-ordering will get you access to a beta for Doom. Which Doom? Doom 4? And what's the beta? Oh, don't worry your pretty little head with all that.

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      February 19, 2014 7:26 AM

      I keep thinking this is the Raven developed game.

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        February 19, 2014 7:33 AM

        just plain Wolfenstein? I keep meaning to play that

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          February 19, 2014 11:00 AM

          i liked it. the powers and RPG elements made it more intresting imo because i wouldn't have bothered with a plane jane FPS. it's not 1996 anymore.

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          February 19, 2014 11:39 AM

          Raven's game is pretty neat. Great feedback on the weapons and enemies.

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          February 19, 2014 11:43 AM

          I thought it was completely forgettable and couldn't force myself to finish it.

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      February 19, 2014 7:44 AM

      I have such a pit in my stomach about the new DOOM.

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      February 19, 2014 7:46 AM

      Omg. Can't Wait. I still have faith in id.

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        February 19, 2014 8:14 AM

        id is just a name at this point. The id we knew and loved is gone. Nobody is left but a few.

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          February 19, 2014 8:18 AM

          Kevin Cloud is still there last I checked.

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            February 19, 2014 8:19 AM

            I think he's the last OG member there, though..

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              February 19, 2014 9:16 AM

              They still have some very good programmers and artists. I'm not sure I trust their design guys (I typically like games Kevin Cloud leads, dislike games Tim Willits leads, and I'm not sure I believe "Studio Director" is a position with less power than "Creative Director").

              I like the Starbreeze games that the Wolfenstein guys made, and I'm honestly kind of liking Yeehaw America Cowboy BJ from this trailer, so I'll probably pick it up when it comes out.

              I'll probably buy Doom 4 out of curiosity, and I hope it'll be good. If it's half as good as Doom 1 & 2, it could be amazing, but I think it's the trickiest game to make.

              As a developer I'm sure you want people to take it seriously as a game in 2015, but the speed and minimalism are a large part of what makes the original great, and it's probably very difficult to combine the two.

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        February 19, 2014 8:17 AM

        id is no more, TEXIT. It is just a shell of a company.

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          February 19, 2014 8:51 AM

          I'll may or may not agree with you after new Doom.

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        February 19, 2014 11:58 AM

        lol

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      February 19, 2014 8:06 AM

      Sold.

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      February 19, 2014 8:11 AM

      the new Wolfenstein looks very fun

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      February 19, 2014 8:12 AM

      Someone has been watching Tarantino movies lately...

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      February 19, 2014 9:07 AM

      id without Carmack is like a car without an engine.

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        February 19, 2014 10:48 AM

        id without carmack is like a car without a renderer.

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          February 19, 2014 11:05 AM

          id without carmack is like a car without a handcrank start. he's not who he was. still awesome, but just not interested in being who he was twenty goddamn years ago. id needs a Carmack type, but read what he been saying since 2005, he's grown and changed, like a human does.

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      February 19, 2014 9:09 AM

      Thanks, but I'll just wait for the Doom 4 review. Not feeling enthusiastic about "B. J. Blazcowicz As Duke Nukem in Nazi-Occupied America".

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        February 19, 2014 9:14 AM

        Really? I'm more interested in The New Order than I was for the last couple Wolfenstein games, but I really enjoy alternate history stories, so..

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          February 19, 2014 9:31 AM

          I like the pedigree of the devs involved. Starbreeze folks always seemed to make either pretty great (Riddick) or at least interesting (Darkness) 1st person experiences.

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      February 19, 2014 9:18 AM

      Awesome, sold on both accounts.

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      February 19, 2014 9:26 AM

      Is this a sequel to the last wolfenstein, or another reboot?

      Was that one any good? Would it still be worth playing?

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        February 19, 2014 9:48 AM

        imho it got repetitive and tiresome

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        February 19, 2014 10:15 AM

        I'm thinking this one is like all of the Wolf games and it is a sequel to the first game, going the Captain America route this time.


        On the Steauengeglase game scale Wolf '08 recieved a 2.
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        1 - I can't properly call this a game. I was unable to finish the first 5 to 15 minutes.
        2 - It was a game. I was able to finish it. I probably can't tell you what the story was, but I can recall some aspects of the game.
        3 - A solid game. I played it more than once.
        4 - A classic game. I played it multiple times and intend on playing it again.
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        February 19, 2014 11:29 AM

        it is quiet literally "single player FPS". its about as generic and unassuming as a game can possibly be, its truly a callback to the old Raven games. perfectly functional, fun, but utterly forgettable and just barely good, but not great. in a proper, real rating system i would give it a solid 6. by modern rating systems id give it a 9.5.

        its 100% worth buying on a sale and playing. but i would not pay more than maybe 10 bucks for it.

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        February 19, 2014 1:11 PM

        I enjoyed it, but I've always had a soft spot for the occasional mindless FPS. It's nothing amazing, but I didn't regret buying it.

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      February 19, 2014 9:49 AM

      Does it say when the beta opens up?

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      February 19, 2014 9:56 AM

      id tech 5 is looking awesome

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      February 19, 2014 9:57 AM

      Is there a release date for Wolfenstein?

      I'm feeling iffy at best about blindly preordering a game just for beta access to another, no matter how badly I want to play the new Doom early. :D

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      February 19, 2014 10:47 AM

      You gotta love the ironic music plug at the end!

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      February 19, 2014 11:40 AM

      Was going to buy this anyway. Now I will do so faster

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      February 19, 2014 11:45 AM

      I'm lazy, is this going to be available on steam?

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        February 19, 2014 11:51 AM

        From the FAQ makes it sound like you have to get a boxed copy.

        I’ve just pre-ordered Wolfenstein, where’s my DOOM beta key?

        An insert will be included inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order. This insert will include a key code along with code redemption instructions. Once the key code is redeemed, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information.

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      February 19, 2014 12:15 PM

      dual guns looks stupid, i'm preordering this as soon as they put it on steam just for Doom Beta access

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      February 19, 2014 12:56 PM

      Awesome, I want this

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      February 19, 2014 1:26 PM

      Do you guys think id will continue to make rendering engines or are those days done?

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      February 19, 2014 1:40 PM

      I saw an early look of W:TNO by someone from about 6-9 months ago, TotalBiscuit or someone, and he said it was tiresome because of how utterly linear it was and how everything was 5 minutes of action followed by 5 minutes of cutscene. It looked cool but sounded like a drag. Hopefully the cutscenes were so abundant because it was the first 30 minutes of the game and that goes away quickly, but the near on-rails experience sounded like a real bummer.