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.

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3 Comments on Doom Needs To Prove Itself, Says Bethesda

SupremeAllah

On July 8, 2014 at 9:52 am

Did DOOM 3 really not impress people that much? I ask because you reference the BFG re-release in your article which wouldn’t be really as fair as it would be if you were to reference the original reviews for when it came out in 2004.

Also, I was under the impression that DOOM 4 was supposed to be the “Hell on Earth” scenario, much like the first DOOM was in space and then DOOM 2 took it to Earth. Unless they’ve changed their plans after restarting the title from scratch for the second or third time.

UltimateDoomer

On July 8, 2014 at 11:14 am

It looks like it will be on Mars again telling from the rusty, red dust blowing around in the teaser. I am not to upset about that honestly. If they are rebooting the series, make sense to have it start on Mars. Hopefully they won’t repeat the same mistakes they made with Doom 3 though.

Bob

On July 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm

Marshall Lemon please just please research first. And if you can not do that just quit okay. The world does not need another “special needs” journalist like you.