The first Doom Eternal gameplay is now out in the wild thanks to QuakeCon 2018 in Texas, and there's a whole lot more information from the show outside of the new gameplay. In this Doom Eternal everything we know guide, we'll be putting together a complete page of all the confirmed details for the game so far, including how the Doom Eternal invasion PvP system works, as well as all the new Doom Eternal weapons that we've seen so far. There's also some speculation on a potential Doom Eternal release date, since Bethesda hasn't laid out any concrete plans for release as of right now.
Doom Eternal Release Date
Doom Eternal, the sequel the 2016 reimagining of Doom, was first announced back at E3 2018 in June, on Bethesda's stage. The teaser trailer just below was used to show off the upcoming shooter sequel, but Bethesda didn't tease a release date, or release window, for the game.
At the time of writing, there's still no release date, or even a release window, for Doom Eternal. Even after the lengthy presentation from Bethesda at QuakeCon 2018, there's still no release window for the shooter sequel. It could be that Bethesda are targeting a 2019 release date with a shorter promotional campaign for the game, or they're setting themselves a goal further off, in 2020.
Back when Doom Eternal was first revealed at E3 2018, Techradar reported that a release date of December 28, 2018 had been assigned to the product listing on Amazon. However this would appear to be merely a placeholder date, which was all but confirmed thanks to QuakeCon 2018 coming and going without a release date being announced for the sequel.
Doom Eternal Monsters and Demons
At first you might think that we don't see a whole lot in the brief Doom Eternal teaser that was showed by Bethesda at E3 2018. Hugo Martin of id Software promised "hell on Earth" (with a wry smile) on stage, revealing that the events of the game would be taking place on home territory, and not on Mars like they did in the 2016 Doom reboot.
But what else can we see in the teaser? For a start, the Cacodemon now has arms, and Martin also revealed that there would be twice as many demons in Demon Eternal than in the reboot game. We can also see Imps, Helldemons, and Spiderdemons in the teaser trailer, so we can definitely expect to be taking on the horde when Doom Eternal releases.
Finally, both Doomguy's shotgun and composer Mick Gordon will be returning for the sequel. Hugo Martin also teased that "we're most excited about showing you some of the things you might not be expecting." Is Doomguy going to romance a demon?
Doom Eternal Gameplay
Back at E3 2018 when Doom Eternal was revealed by Bethesda for the very first time, there wasn't any gameplay to go on for the upcoming sequel. This all changed on August 10, when gameplay was showcased at QuakeCon 2018.
The footage you can see just below is the slice that was shown off at QuakeCon 2018, on Bethesda's main stage. We can see DoomGuy forging his way through hordes of demons that have overrun Earth, all with a brand new dask ability, as well as a some sort of hook attached to the shotgun, which lets him grappel onto demons from afar, and pull himself towards them, before blasting them in the face with a weapon of choice.
The entire gameplay slice of Doom Eternal looks pretty damn impressive. It's clear that id are making this a more vertical, quicker game, with the new hook and the dash ability. There's also a slew of new monsters on show in the footage above, which should spice up the lethal combat even more.
Doom Eternal Nintendo Switch
After the QuakeCon keynote wrapped up, it was revealed that the new Doom will be coming to Nintendo Switch. This isn't much of a surprise, given that the first game was ported to the Nintendo Switch post-launch, though it's cool that plans are already set this time around.
Doom Eternal Gameplay Details
There was a lot to be gleaned from the recent Doom Eternal gameplay reveal. We've collected all of the key info in the following list.
- There will be a Dark Souls-like invasion style PvP mode, where players can play as demons in each other's games.
- A more expansive narrative will be available this time around, centered around the Doom Slayer
- The "Meat Hook" is a new attachment to the shotgun. It's a grappling hook of sorts that can only attach to enemies.
- Doom Eternal won't feature the SnapMap tools used in the first game.
- There will be narrative-focused post-launch DLC.
Right now, these are all the details that we've managed to piece together about Doom Eternal. Going forward we'll keep this guide fully up to date, so you've got a complete hub of information for the game whenever Bethesda or id Software announces anything official.
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