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Bethesda Scraps Plans For ‘Rage 2,’ Confirms ‘Doom 4’ Is Coming To Next-Gen Consoles

Id Software has been very quiet on the Doom front lately, and we now know why. Bethesda recently confirmed that development on Doom 4 completely started anew back in 2011, with id scrapping what they had because they weren’t happy with it. Constant delays are rarely good for a game, with games like Duke Nukem Forever, and more recently, Aliens: Colonial Marines getting panned by (most) critics and fans.

Bethesda’s Pete Hines provided some explanation as to why it happened, “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,” Hines said. “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.”

I have faith that id will deliver a fantastic action horror game with Doom 4, and I’m very excited to see what a next-gen Doom game will look like. Unfortunately, this also means the game is a long ways off. On the bright side, now everyone at id is hard at work on it, whereas before their team was split between Rage and Doom.

In related news, a sequel for the commercial dud that was Rage has been trashed entirely. That’s a little sad. I really enjoyed the game, even if it was a little uninspired. That satisfying sound my Wingstick made when it connected with an unsuspecting goon’s face was always satisfying, and the character designs were universally amazing.

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  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    FUCK! i loved Rage. i think that was the only game that i started playing again within only a day after beating it. maybe i’ll check Doom then. i never played any of the Doom games before.

    • Skull-And-Crossbones

      to be honest i didn’t even know Rage didn’t sell well till i read this article lol. many good gaming sites gave it great scores too if i remember right. i think it was even nominated for a VGA.

  • Canucklehead

    Those kinds of statements from companies are never, ever a good thing. Be afraid. Be very afraid.

  • diapers

    I lived and breathed Doom and Doom II when they came out. We had to play them at work, as my friends and I were too poor to own pc’s. Friday night through Monday morning, playing doom at work, for a goddamn month straight. We maintained spreadsheets to track the secret doors. Pardon my as I wax poetic, but those were GAMES, man. Then Doom 3 came along… I attempted to play it over and over, and never got halfway through, seeing as I couldn’t see much and it was deathly boring. So ID, please, please, PLEASE design Doom 4 with less dark and less repetition. But keep the Doom / Quake style secret doors. Thanks, and good night.

  • Lord-Mictian

    I’ve always been a huge fan of the Doom series, and even really enjoyed Doom 3 (even with the dark and flashlight swapping). Both id and Bethesda make some quality games, so I’m not really worried about the fourth in the series. Remember how long it was for Starcraft 2 and Diablo 3 to come out? Granted different company, but they still were great! Duke Nukem Forever… that never happened…

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