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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 Kotaku 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.
Source: Eurogamer
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Comments

By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 03, 2013
herodotus
I hope they do pay the attention this sequel deserves, and not just blindly muddle through to create something as disappointing and generic as "Wolfenstein". Particularly, please don't use the graphics engine with plastic blood effects that was used in "Rage".
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Apr 03, 2013
Jasca_Ducato
Eugh. Just announce Fallout 4 already!
By JonahFalcon (SI Elite) on Apr 03, 2013
JonahFalcon
id Software is not Bethesda, Jasca.
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Apr 03, 2013
Gale47
Meh.
After the fiasco with Doom 3 BFG edition (it was awfully unoptimised - my PC ran it in less than 20 (!) FPS) and the mediocre-at-best Rage, I lost my faith in ID.
Guess it's back to Quake IV, then.
By Jasca_Ducato (SI Core) on Apr 03, 2013
Jasca_Ducato
No, but Bethesda is the one doing the confirming according to the article.
By HenoKutus (SI Elite) on Apr 03, 2013
HenoKutus
A new Hexen or Heretic is probably much more interesting than Doom 4.
By herodotus (SI Herodotus) on Apr 04, 2013
herodotus
...yet also less likely as they were not top sellers at the time, and really only became more popular when the mods started flowing in.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 04, 2013
FoolWolf
Hmm, what would Doom 4 be like today?
A narrow coridoor shooter with poor view angle.
A bouncy camera and sluggish movements alá BF3, MW 5.... thousand...
2 weapons
QTE - EFFING QTE
Every red and yellow key card would spell dread since it would be a QTE mini game puzzle to open the friggin doors....
A flash light that doesn't really work?
Re-spawning areas?
Monsters materializing out of thin air surrounding you?
Abyssmal MP part?
DLC with "classic" Doom weapons like the superios BFG...
DLC "with Mp map packs" - 1 to 5000....
The story - well, why don't they do like the original and just skip the story? That seems to be the best option really.

Regarding engines, Rage was sometimes really beatiful and looks still better then any other Apocalyptic futures. The only trouble with it is the plastic details of liquids, as Hero pointed out, and the slow to sluggish loading high-res textures that is "in view only".

Would I be excited? Not really. In my opinion - Quake Arena was the last good game that came from ID and that one was beaten by Unreal Tournament IMO...
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Apr 04, 2013
Gale47
Yeah, Rage had (and still has) great graphics. The gameplay and everything else is just meh to me.
Arena wasn't really my thing. Quake IV, on the other hand suits me perfectly. There is something awesomely undefinable about that game.
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 04, 2013
FoolWolf
Wow - Quadruple post - been awhile since we saw that one :)
By Gale47 (SI Core) on Apr 04, 2013
Gale47
Hooooly crap :D
I was at school and had some serious connection issues. Sorry, dudes.
Fixed now ^^
By FoolWolf (SI Elite) on Apr 05, 2013
FoolWolf
LOL, yeah it happens sometimes the post doens't quite register and you end up with multiple posts :)