Well that’s a shame! It appears only QuakeCon attendees that witnessed the new Doom game for the first time will have to carry and hold their privileged knowledge of the game with them for at least half a year, as PC Gamer reports that the general public won’t see any footage of the game until next year.
It was Bethesda VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines that pushed to get any footage out, as he wanted to expel any doubts surrounding Doom being developed by id Software. “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,’” Hines explained. “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.”
I can understand that. When I heard that pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order would get you access to the eventual Doom beta, I had my concerns that it would overshadow a true quality FPS by making it all about the established franchise. I was, of course, foolish in those concerns, as not The New Order solidify itself as one of the better FPS games in a long time on its own merits. Doom, however, after a lackluster attempt to revive its old glory with Doom 3, needs to prove itself once again. A focus on development over vertical slices is an excellent direction to take.
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