Bethesda’s 2016 revival of the venerable Doom franchise pleasantly surprised all the skeptical fans and critics who questioned whether the studio could do present-day justice to the venerable 1990s-era shooter. The overwhelming success of that effort has only amplified anticipation for the sequel, Doom Eternal.
At QuakeCon this week, the studio unloaded the first gameplay footage from Doom Eternal, sharing a generous seven-minute slice of in-game action that should put to rest any doubt that this encore effort will diverge from its predecessor’s winning formula.
Doom tethered the demonic alien hordes to the Martian hellscape and kept them well away from our home planet, but that all changes with Doom Eternal. The forces of Hell have overtaken Earth in the sequel, and it’s up to your well-armed protagonist to spray and pray your way through and drive the invading hordes back to perdition. All the gory gameplay begins just past the 1:16 marker below:
Doom Eternal sports a slew of new weapons and mods (including a cool meathook-like attachment for the Super Shotgun that lets you draw enemies in for bloody melee attacks), as well as new enemies and the studio’s self-described “destructible demons” feature, which shows the progressive damage you’re dealing out to tough enemies’ bodies as they deteriorate, mid-battle, before your eyes.
The studio also pledged the campaign won’t unfold only on Earth, showing off a bit of fight footage from Martian moon Phobos to round out the demo. Bethesda and id also described Eternal as the next step toward creating not just a sequential, installment-based Doom franchise, but an entire “Doom universe.”
There’s no firm release date for Doom Eternal yet, but Bethesda says it’ll be available on pretty much every major platform: PC, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. Start saying your prayers now, demons.