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Doom 4 is not dead, beta revealed

Jonathan Lester
Bethesda, Doom 4, id Software

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After id Software were forced to go back to the drawing board and the legendary John Carmack jumped ship for Oculus Rift, we'd all but put Doom 4 on deathwatch. However, it seems that the vapour may be slowly coalescing back into a real game, since Bethesda has announced that Doom 4 could enter beta as soon as this summer.

Well, if you pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order, that is.

Bethesda confirmed the beta by way of the trailer, above, which pleasingly features some classic blues and boogie woogie. More importantly, though, those who pre-order MachineGames' shooter before May 23rd will receive a code that guarantees entry to the Doom 4 beta... whenever it launches.

That last part being important to note. With no set date, the 'beta' is just a promise at this stage, while details about Doom 4 are still painfully scant.

Last year, Bethesda's Pete Hines confirmed that Doom 4 had hit a developmental stumbling block, and simply wasn't fit for task. As such, id had to effectively reboot and start from scratch. "An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that Id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect," Hines dismayingly reported.

"As a result, Id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise. When we're ready to talk about the Doom 4 Id is making, we will let folks know."

As will we. For the time being, why not mug up on Carl's Wolfenstein: The New Order hands-on preview?

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