Because there aren’t enough games coming out lately, Bethesda has announced that tomorrow will be the beginning of their weekend-long closed multiplayer alpha for Doom. They have already released a gameplay trailer showing off exactly what you can expect in the admittedly pared-down version of gameplay they are hoping to test out in a live setting.
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The Doom alpha will run from Friday, October 23 at 12:00 AM EDT until Sunday, October 25 at 11:59 PM EDT, and will be available on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One in North America and some European countries. Those who received beta codes from Wolfenstein: The New Order or who pre-purchased the game digitally will get special access this weekend, however it will not replace or cover the planned beta that will take place in the future. PS4 players in Europe must sign up on a first come, first served basis at the link here.
From what I can tell, it seems like Bethesda will actually be treating this experience with Doom as a legit Alpha test, rather than purely for marketing purposes (although it doesn’t hurt to promote the game). Players will only participate in 6v6 Team Deathmatches on Heatwave, will have a limited weapon selection of six total and two pieces of equipment. You can either jump in right away or customize your loadout, although you can’t prepare for the bonuses lying on the map.
Doom is currently scheduled for a full release within the first half of the year 2016 on the PC, PS4 and Xbox One.