Those hoping to slay more hordes of demons this coming fall will have to wait a bit longer. Developer id Software announced today that Doom Eternal has been delayed to March 20, 2020.
In a press release also published to social media, id Software confirms the release date for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC versions of Doom Eternal has been pushed to March. Additionally, the Nintendo Switch version will launch after the other platforms, at an unannounced future date. Invasion Mode, where you can invade another player's game as a demon, will be coming post-launch as a free update as well.
Doom Eternal had been announced for this fall only a few months ago, but id Software says it wants to make sure it's delivering the best it can "to live up to our standards of speed and polish." The sequel to 2016's Doom reboot, Eternal is set to continue the story of the Doomslayer's quest to kill a lot of demons, and also maybe do something about the invasion of Earth by hellspawn.
When we talked to Doom Eternal's developers at E3 2019, they compared Doom Eternal to Evil Dead 2, as the kind of game that "finds itself."
"We knew that [Doom 2016] surprised people," Doom Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton told USgamer. "And that we wouldn't have that element of surprise moving forward. So to really surprise people again, we needed to raise the bar across the board."
We'll see whether those surprises come across well with an extra bit of polish. While our hands-on experience with Eternal has left us impressed with its loop, a little bit of extra time has never hurt. Although this does put Doom up against Animal Crossing: New Horizons, for what is surely the strangest battle for launch-day dominance in recent memory.