Free Doom demo gets extended for the hell of it

Play the first level of the single-player campaign.

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Bethesda and id got fans excited about Doom again with a rousing launch. During E3, they announced that a demo of the first level of the single-player campaign was playable the week of the show. Now that has been extended.

In a tweet revealing the extension, the company said it was "due to popular demand." Apparently there was no reason not to do it, so Bethesda said what the hell. There were no details released on how long this demo would last, so grab it while you can.

At E3, the first expansion for the game was revealed, called Unto the Evil.

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    June 21, 2016 11:25 AM

    John Keefer posted a new article, Free Doom demo gets extended for the hell of it

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      June 21, 2016 11:27 AM

      Haha nice pun.

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      June 21, 2016 1:37 PM

      a big game demo! holy crap awesome, is this 1996?

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      June 21, 2016 1:47 PM

      They should just leave it be. Sold me on the game!

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        June 21, 2016 2:00 PM

        yeah why is this a limited time thing? I figured from the Shackhype I'd get it eventually but playing that demo made me want to get get it right away. I don't understand why demos are mostly a thing of the past now.

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          June 21, 2016 2:34 PM

          Q: why demos are mostly a thing of the past A: Youtube

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          June 21, 2016 3:07 PM

          It costs extra money to host and patch demos. On Steam it is probably not a big deal but on consoles I am sure Sony & MS don't make it easy.

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        June 21, 2016 2:14 PM

        I'll bet it stays up till the vulcan patch!

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        June 21, 2016 2:38 PM

        Agreed, pretty silly to do a 90's shareware/demo throwback and then yank it. Never understood that. It can only help sales if it stays perpetual.

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      June 21, 2016 2:03 PM

      Remeber when demos were free forever? Yeah, good times.

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        June 21, 2016 2:40 PM

        Remember when I could download a demo/shareware and play it without the internet or digital delivery big brother controlling whether or not the demo launches? Good times indeed!

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          June 21, 2016 2:58 PM

          Remember when every game id owned was on the quake demo cd that was free at Babbages and you could unlock with qcrack.exe? I mean um, uh....yeah good times.

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            June 21, 2016 9:07 PM

            Couldn't you run mods on the quake demo? I don't remember... Endless fun.

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        June 21, 2016 2:55 PM

        Remeber when sof2demo had more players than sof2? Whoops.

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          June 21, 2016 3:12 PM

          Did it actually have more players?

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            June 21, 2016 3:20 PM

            Possibly the best map was released with support for unlimited play in the demo. In those days, a free multiplayer game was a rare thing. Yeah, it had an active community, centered around one map.

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          June 21, 2016 3:15 PM

          Tribes 2 had the same problem

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            June 21, 2016 9:11 PM

            To be fair, Tribes 2 had a lot of problems.

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          June 21, 2016 7:57 PM

          Weren't there a huge amount of people constantly playing the demo version of Battlefield 1942 on Iwo Jima, too?

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          June 21, 2016 8:07 PM

          They were missing out on the randomly generated maps which fucking owned. Jumping into a big CTF where you learned the flow of the map over the course of a game was awesome.

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          June 22, 2016 6:59 AM

          Remember when the free DOOM mp demo came out, and it sucked arse, so no one wanted to buy the full version? Whoops.

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      June 21, 2016 2:42 PM

      So can they actually deactivate this demo even if you have it downloaded to your console? That would suck.

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      June 21, 2016 3:13 PM

      Good to hear, I played the first part of it and haven't been back to it (yet); and I forgot that it was time-limited.

      Doom demo hasn't sold me on buying the full version but I am very impressed with how smooth it runs (on the PS4).

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        June 21, 2016 8:09 PM

        note that the combat continues to pick up well after the first level.

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      June 21, 2016 3:24 PM

      Wait what? This was a timed demo? I guess I should grab it or something then.

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      June 21, 2016 7:42 PM

      iD said this on Vulkan support: "You didn't really believe us, did you?"

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        June 21, 2016 8:09 PM

        id has all the valcan_s support it needs.