Earlier today, id Software sent out a press release confirming that DOOM Eternal is now scheduled to release on March 20th, 2020. This highly anticipated first-person shooter was originally expected to launch on November 22nd for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch and PC. Below is a quick statement on the delay along with an overview of a few other changes that fans can expect regarding the upcoming title:
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 20, 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.
Additional changes regarding the game:
- Invasion Mode, which will allow you to enter another player’s game as a playable demon, will release as a free update shortly after launch.
- DOOM Eternal for Nintendo Switch will release after the other platforms. We will announce that date in the future.
- DOOM 64 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in addition to Nintendo Switch. We are adding DOOM 64 as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal on all platforms so you’ll be able to download and play this classic game, for free, just for pre-ordering DOOM Eternal. DOOM 64 will be released on March 20, 2020 on all platforms.
While DOOM Eternal being delayed isn’t a big deal, the fact that the Invasion Mode won’t be ready at launch does make me question why Bethesda doesn’t just release the game once everything is complete. Because this is a free update most fans probably won’t complain about this, but it certainly is another clear sign of how video games are treated today in regards to post release content.
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