DOOM Eternal has been delayed, id Software confirms
Developer also confirms new modes and updates
If you were one of the gamers looking forward to smashing some demon skulls in next month when DOOM Eternal launches - we've got some bad news for you.
Developer id Software has confirmed today that the latest instalment in the brutal action FPS franchise has been delayed until next year, a decision which it says will help "deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait".
The game, featuring the return of the DOOM Slayer protagonist, sees players battle through demon-invaded Earth, tearing hellish creatures in two with high-tech weaponry.
In a statement from the official DOOM Twitter page, id Software said "Throughout the development of DOOM Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board. To make sure we're delivering the best experience - for DOOM Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish - we've made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20th, 2020.
"We know many fans will be disappointed by this delay, but we are confident that DOOM Eternal will deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait."
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While fans of the DOOM series will be disappointed by Bethesda and id Software's decision, many have been understanding and accepting of the delay - with the majority insisting that the developer take as much time as they need to produce a quality AAA game.
It's not all 'DOOM and GLOOM' however, as id Software has enlightened us about some cool new updates.
Invasion Mode - You'll be allowed to enter another player's game as a playable demon, this mode will be released as a free update post-launch.
Making the Switch - In addition to launching on Steam PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4, DOOM Eternal will also launch on Nintendo Switch at a later date.
Retro DOOM - DOOM 64 will be available on Steam PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch - and will be available for FREE as a bonus for pre-ordering DOOM Eternal on any platform mentioned.
id Software's statement concluded "We are grateful to every DOOM fan for your dedication and support - we can't wait to rip-and-tear alongside you."
There you have it, folks, DOOM Eternal will now be launching on March 20th, 2020. In the meantime, why not add the game to your Fanatical Wishlist. If you haven't played its predecessor, why not check out DOOM by grabbing your Steam PC key from the Fanatical Store.