Doom Was First Triple-A Game Brought Up on Stadia, id Software Says

During GDC 2019, id Software also showed two live demos of Doom (2016) and the upcoming Doom Eternal.

Following this morning's big Stadia reveal, today during Google's Developer Day Sessions, id Software unveiled its own plans with the hardware. In fact, id Software revealed that 2016's Doom was the first triple-A game to be brought up on the new streaming platform.

Early during the talk from senior programmer Dustin Land, Land said that id Software has actually been working with Google for the past two and a half years, starting shortly after the release of Doom in 2016. Google approached id Software with a concept that "hasn't changed that much" from the pitch we heard for Stadia today. While excited, id Software was hesitant because of the looming problem of latency.

Id Software's first attempt at bringing Doom to the platform fumbled, with issues like toolchain integration, early stage debugging, and more throwing a wrench into the positives of the rough state of Stadia: that Vulkan "just worked" and the lack of GFX driver issues. On its second go-around just months later in November 2016, Google walked id Software through a hands-on demo that was merely a cloud instance over Wi-Fi with nothing but an Android phone, wall-mounted TV, Chromebook, and wireless route. When this worked, it convinced them; and they went to work in bringing Doom to Stadia.

We got a glimpse of it in action with a live demo. In typical demo fashion, it took awhile to get started and working. Mostly, the action was smooth; the picture looked clear from my seat at the back of the room. On occasion, there were brief hitches—perhaps a worrying symptom of any streaming game. To explain this, Land explained that the demo was played within a 64 kilometer radius of Doom's data center. Land admits there's a lot more to consider within this radius, with congestion, endpoint processing, and more potentially complicating the latency.

"We haven't seen anything this big come around since the advent of the smartphone generation," Land said of the technology fueling Stadia.

At E3 2018, id Software revealed two games, technically. Rage 2, which it's in co-development with Avalanche Studios with, and the long-awaited follow up to the 2016 hit Doom, Doom Eternal. Doom Eternal got a lengthy gameplay demo at QuakeCon 2018 later that summer, where it was revealed that hell has reached Earth, no longer confined to Mars. Doomslayer also has a sword now, which is cool, I guess.

Doom Eternal is confirmed to be coming to Google Stadia, with Doom Eternal on Stadia inheriting the work from Doom (2016), which focused on the fundamentals of the platform. 2016's Doom was brought up on the Gen 0 devkit, while Doom Eternal is being built on the Gen 1 devkit, a much more advanced kit that can host four instances at once. Id Software closed its talk with a live new demo of Doom Eternal, never before seen public. While short, the demo was substantially smoother than the Doom (2016) one shown, with no hitching and a quick start. Likely, this is because of work being done on the Gen 1 devkit.

Stadia is launching sometime in 2019, and Google will be offering further information this summer. There are a number of developers already working on games for the new platform. For more on Google's Stadia, stay tuned to our everything we know guide.

Tagged with FPS, Google, Google Stadia, id Software, News, PC, Shooters.

Sometimes we include links to online retail stores. If you click on one and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. See our terms & conditions.

Read this next

QuakeCon 2019's Theme is "Year of Doom," Meaning Lots of New Info About Doom Eternal

Doom is the centerpiece of this year's QuakeCon, just in time for its 25th anniversary.

This is What Zelda and Doom Look Like When Mashed Together in a Mod

When a game about an elf boy and another game about rampaging hellspawn love each other very much...

Doom Eternal Release Date, Gameplay, Trailer, Nintendo Switch, New Demons, Setting - Everything we Know

Doom Eternal is on the horizon from id and Bethesda, but what's the release date for the game, and will there be any new demons?

Doom Eternal is Ditching SnapMap for Post-Launch Campaign DLC

Less level editors, more post-launch DLC.

More News

Frostbite's Next-Gen Hair Tech Demo Is Super Realistic And Definitely Not Creeping Me Out

I am totally fine with the lifelike hair dolls and the tech that powers them.

Valve's Review System Doesn't Know How to Handle Positive Review Bombs

Assassin's Creed: Unity is getting positive reviews, but is it a review bomb?

Why Valve Making Its Own Auto Chess Is A Big Deal

The next step in a long line of mod succession is a big one.

First Gameplay For Nioh 2 Shown In Trailer For Closed Alpha

It looks like you'll play several different characters in this one.

More on PC

The Best Resident Evil Games: Every Resident Evil Ranked From Worst to Best

In this ranking of the Resident Evil games, we decide which ones are Tyrant-grade and which ones are basic, brain-dead zombies.

Valve's Review System Doesn't Know How to Handle Positive Review Bombs

Assassin's Creed: Unity is getting positive reviews, but is it a review bomb?

Why Valve Making Its Own Auto Chess Is A Big Deal

The next step in a long line of mod succession is a big one.

No Balance Changes Planned For The Division 2's Raid, Says Ubisoft

Other changes will hopefully tune the raid's difficulty on console with a lighter touch.

WoW Classic vs. Modern: What Has Changed Over the Past 15 Years

With WoW Classic's beta in full swing, we take a look at the early leveling experience in beta and the current WoW.

Dauntless Monsters List - All the Dauntless Behemoths and Their Weaknesses

This is our guide to every Dauntless monster, including Behemoth weaknesses, locations, and more.

More FPS Games

Apex Legends Tips

Here's our full Apex Legends beginner's guide, including a list of essential tips and tricks for all players.

Apex Legends Server Status and Maintenance Times

Here's the current Apex Legends server status, and future maintenance periods for Respawn's game.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection PC Public Test Delayed Until After E3

Master Chief is a little pre-occupied right now.