Bethesda revealed overnight that the long-awaited DOOM 4 has been in development for so long partly because the company was so unhappy with a build they witnessed in 2011, that they ordered id Software to scrap it and start again.
“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,” claimed Bethesda’s Pete Hintes to Kotaku.
“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.”
Kotaku is reporting sources that claim in the wake of the RAGE launch, id suddenly realised that DOOM 4 had been sitting around for a while and not really doing anything, and was starting to look less than impressive. Zenimax delivered the company an overriding order: Postpone or cancel other projects, and get everyone on DOOM 4. And make it as big as Skyrim.
I guess we’ll find out whether or not id have been up to the challenge when the company is ready to start talking about it. Until then, let the speculation commence.