Rage Sequel Cancelled, Doom 4 Rebuilt as Next-Gen Exclusive

Rage 2 has been cancelled and Bethesda has moved up the development of Doom 4 to be exclusively on next generation platforms, Eurogamer has learned.

The publication put out a report, since confirmed by Bethesda, that all the staff at id Software have been moved onto the development of Doom 4 with the cancellation of the sequel to Rage. According to sources speaking to Kotaku, Doom 4 had seen a sizable reboot in 2011 due to problems with an earlier iteration of the title.

Bethesda’s marketing head Pete Hines confirmed the news with the following statement:

“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.

“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.”

According to Kotaku’s source, Doom 4 was subject to a lot of derision internally. “People referenced Call of Duty. There were jokes like, ‘Oh. it’s Call of Doom.’ They referenced it because of the amount it was scripted — there were a lot of scripted set pieces. There was kind of recognition that in order to be a big shooter these days, you have to have some amount of the big, bombastic movie experience that people get pulled through.”

Bethesda has thus far not made any comments about Rage 2, but we have reached out to them for details. We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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