|Bethesda confirms "new version of Doom 4" being worked on, Rage 2 cancelled|
|Posted: 03.04.2013 15:55 by Simon Priest||Comments: 12|
Rumours have swirled that id Software's Doom 4 wasn't going so well and the latest statement from Bethesda's marketing boss Pete Hines confirms it. It "did not exhibit" quality fans would expect.
The Doom developer has "refocused its efforts on a new version" of the hellish shooter, which should meet the "very high expectations" fans have of it. Bethesda not ready to talk more about it.
ZeniMax, the parent company of Bethesda, has reportedly cancelled any work on Rage 2 and "downsized" plans for any DLC for the original after it sold poorly.
"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," said Pete Hines in a statement. "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."
A source told of the reboot: "It was a very long overdue reboot that was accompanied by internal team management changes,” they said. “Morale got a lot better during this short time as people were encouraged to participate and there were cool ideas floating around.” Shipping Rage 'distracted' the studio from Doom 4.
"Rage came out, and it wasn't the splash success that everyone hoped it would be,” one source said. “Eventually what kind of came down was, ZeniMax said, ‘Okay, look, we gave you guys a bunch of chances and you guys are having a lot of trouble managing multiple projects, so you guys are gonna have one project: Just do Doom 4.’”
Fans will have to wait a long time for the next instalment of Doom, much like they had to for Doom 3.