Doom Needs To Prove Itself, Says Bethesda
Doom has always been one of the most recognizable gaming franchises, even if Doom 3 didn’t really impress fans that much. That’s why Doom 4 would inevitably a QuakeCon 2014 highlight just for existing, although that’s not enough for Bethesda at this point. Peter Hines, Bethesda’s VP of marketing and PR, has said that Doom needs to prove itself to new and old audiences if it’s going to stand out from today’s titles..
“The last couple of games were either ‘ok’ or ‘not great’,” Hines told MCV Magazine. “We view that similarly to Wolfenstein, because it’s been so long since the last Doom game. We are going in as if we need to prove ourselves all over again. We have no free passes. Nobody will assume this is going to be awesome.
“We are going to have to prove that this is something that’s going to be fun and different that you need to pay attention to. That has to be our default position, we can’t be: ‘It’s Doom, of course you’re going to play it’. But that just makes us work harder.”
I rather enjoyed Doom 3 for what it was, but it certainly didn’t have the shoot-em-up focus that first drew gamers to the series. Doom 4 will be another reboot, giving Bethesda and id Software a chance to wipe the slate clean and try something new. We’ll find out more about what they have in store at QuakeCon 2014.