New ‘Doom Eternal’ Details, Gameplay Footage From QuakeCon 2018

Bethesda dropped a lot of new details about its upcoming sequel “Doom Eternal” during the QuakeCon 2018 keynote address on Friday.

Doom Eternal” is a followup to the 2016 reboot of the classic first-person shooter franchise. Bethesda officially revealed the game during its E3 press conference in June.

Id Software creative director Hugo Martin and game director Marty Stratton introduced fans to what they called a “pure, unfiltered, action FPS experience” on Friday. As the Doomslayer, players want to feel unleashed, they said. “Literally that’s where it all starts for us,” said Martin. “Killing bad-ass demons with big guns in unbelievable places.”

To achieve that goal, Id Software started with a very simple goal — make the Doomslayer the strongest and most powerful hero the studio has ever created. Martin and Stratton shared some concept illustrations showcasing the Doomslayer’s new armor. He’s getting some new tools and abilities that will make him more lethal, they said. He has some new weapons as well. The Ballista is a gun that can spear demons with an explosive bolt, for example, while the Super Shotgun now comes with a “meat hook.”

“You’re gonna love what you can do with that thing,” Martin said.

“Doom Eternal” is bringing back some classic enemies, like “Doom 2’s” Arachnotron and Pain Elemental, plus there will be a number of new foes to rip and tear. The Archenemy is like a bizarre, demonic skeleton centaur with a tank for legs, while the Marauder carries a giant red ax and somewhat resembles the Doomslayer. That’s intentional, Martin and Stratton said.

“There’s a story behind that,” they said.

Of course, the coolest enemies deserve the coolest deaths. Id Software has created a whole new system it internally calls “destructible demons.” “We’re spending more time and energy than ever before making sure it feels absolutely amazing every time you shoot, punch, kick, slash or otherwise rip and tear one of the demons,” Stratton said.

Martin and Stratton ended the keynote with a lengthy peek at the Doomslayer in action (which you can watch in the embedded video above) and teased the all-new Invasion mode, which gives players the ability to take control of a demon and invade another person’s campaign. Players can even team up as demons to form a Slayer hunting party. Id Software will share more details about that mode at a later date.

“It’s all just a really fun new way to add drama and unpredictability to your campaign,” Martin said.

“Doom Eternal” doesn’t have a release date yet. It’s coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch.




More Gaming

  • How 'Ark' Informed Massive Do-Anything Nautical

    How 'Ark' Informed Massive Do-Anything Nautical World of 'Atlas'

    The idea for “Atlas,” the recently announced massively multiplayer online pirate-themed game, came from the developers watching people play their last creation: dino-survival game “Ark.” “‘Ark’ was kind of a surprise to us in some ways; the ways the players played the game, in particular,” Jesse Rapczak, co-founder of Studio Wildcard, told Variety. “One thing we [...]

  • 'Metro 2033' Film Project Halted Because

    'Metro 2033' Film Project Halted Because 'A Lot of Things Didn't Work'

    It appears that MGM’s film adaptation of “Metro 2033” is no longer happening because “a lot of things didn’t work,” according to VG24/7. “Metro 2033” is a novel by Russian author Dmitry Glukhovsky. It was also adapted into a series of successful survival horror shooters from video game publisher THQ and developer 4A Games in [...]

  • 'Spider-Man' Cast Discuss Making a Great

    'Spider-Man' Cast Discuss Making a Great Spidey Game

    It’s hard to say that “Marvel’s Spider-Man” was robbed during last week’s Game Awards — the amazing game lost to the likes of “God of War” and “Red Dead Redemption 2” — but it’s still disappointing that such a well-conceived, excellently-executed game managed to be nominated for seven awards and take home none. Before the [...]

  • 'Monster Hunter: World' Expansion Iceborne Coming

    'Monster Hunter: World' Expansion Iceborne Coming in Fall 2019

    Capcom is working on a massive expansion for “Monster Hunter: World,” it announced on Monday. Iceborne will be available in Fall 2019 on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Capcom said it will share more details about a PC release in the future. The expansion will have new quest ranks, locales, monsters, moves, and gear, as [...]

  • NinjaThe Game Awards, Show, Microsoft Theater,

    Ninja: Drake Made Gaming Cool

    Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is in a car headed to some sort of taping when we speak by phone. He can’t tell me where he’s headed, but even if he could, he might not exactly know. Life for the world’s most famous video gamer is at times too busy, too fantastical to completely take in. When Variety [...]

  • Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition

    Capcom To Inject Sponsored Content Into 'Street Fighter V'

    Capcom is offering a free trial of “Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition” this week so people can experience the game ahead of Capcom Cup 2018, it announced in a blog post on Thursday. But, there’s a catch. Sponsored content will appear within the game starting on Tuesday, Dec. 11. The ads will display in several [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content