Today on Twitter, Bethesda and id Software announced a DOOM Eternal release date delay. The post explained that the game won’t be released until the 20th of March 2020 now, leaving some fans dismayed because they’ll be missing out on one of the biggest releases of 2019.
The post describes how both Bethesda and id Software needed to make the tough decision to delay DOOM Eternal because they want it to meet their high standards for delivering the best possible gaming experiences. They acknowledge that this must be a disappointment to some fans, which it definitely is, but they believe the final version of the game will be worth the wait. Alongside this announcement, three other points were made regarding the future of DOOM Eternal and the franchise.
First, they confirmed one of the first pieces of post-release content for DOOM Eternal’s campaign. This content is called Invasion Mode, and will allow players to invade another player’s game as a playable demon. I can only imagine the types of chaos you can cause as a playable demon, particularly if you’re able to invade during boss fights.
Second, the release date for DOOM Eternal will be confirmed in the future, but it’s definitely going to be after the Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC versions. This point didn’t really need saying, since most Nintendo Switch ports release a few months after the other versions anyway.
Third, and finally, DOOM 64 is coming to Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC, as well as Nintendo Switch where it is already playable. The game, a digital version of the Nintendo 64 release of DOOM, will be a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal across all platforms. The release date for DOOM 64 is the same as DOOM Eternal, the 20th of March 2020.
The announcement makes no mention of the Google Stadia release of DOOM Eternal. The game was slated to be a release title for the new platform until today, but now it looks like it won’t come to Google’s game streaming service until next year. There is also no mention of the game’s multiplayer, Battlemode, which is one of the most intricate and interesting forms of multiplayer I’ve ever seen. It’s possible that the complexities of DOOM Eternal’s multiplayer mode are to blame for this release date delay, but it could also simply be down to a perfectionist attitude from id Software and Bethesda.
One thing is for certain, DOOM Eternal is going to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest, launches in the Q1 2020 release window.