Doom Eternal Hit With a Delay, New Pre-Order Bonus, and More
Doom Eternal has been one of 2019's most hotly anticipated titles, especially among the FPS community and fans of the series. The game's been gearing up for launch sometime this holiday season, but after an update from Doom's official Twitter account page, all of that has changed. Just the other day, the tweet in question confirmed the news: Doom Eternal has been delayed, so don't expect it until next year. A disappointment, to be sure, though developer id Software lessened the blow a little with some of their other updates and reasoning. As is often the case with game delays, the primary factor driving the decision is simply polish: The game needs more time in the oven, more time to get developed into the best thing it could possibly be.
"Throughout the development of Doom Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board," the statement reads. "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." This delay applies to all platforms Doom Eternal was set to release on... except for Nintendo Switch. Oddly enough, the Switch port will get a release sometime after the set date, with id Software promising news on that in the near future.
Not keen to leave us with bad news, though, id went on to reveal some cool things we can expect with Doom Eternal's launch. First and foremost: Invasion Mode! I'm sure a lot of you Doom fanatics out there have been keen on this one. Invasion Mode is a new multiplayer mode that allows you to invade another person's game as a playable demon. It sounds like a lot of good chaos and fun, but the best part? It's free! It won't be available right away, instead of coming to us in the form of a free update "shortly after launch." In addition to this, those who pre-order Doom Eternal will receive the one, the only, the classic: Doom 64, Doom's Nintendo 64 outing from back in 1997. This pre-order bonus is completely free as well; a cherry on top of the pre-order that is Doom Eternal. According to id, Doom 64 will be released separately the same day as Eternal on ALL platforms, including Nintendo Switch. This means Switch owners will, at the very least, be able to enjoy 64 while they wait for their port of Eternal. Those who don't pre-order the game can still purchase Doom 64 by itself if they so choose.
So, friends, it's time for us to hunker down and anticipate the launch of Doom Eternal, now a few months further away. Doom Eternal will officially launch on March 20th, 2020, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC. Curiously, Google Stadia was not mentioned in the announcement, despite being one of the confirmed platforms for the title. We'll probably hear more from id on that front soon too. With this delay, March 2020 has become absolutely stacked in terms of video game releases. To date, we can now expect Animal Crossing: New Horizons, Doom Eternal, Watch Dogs: Legion, AND the Final Fantasy VII Remake all in that same month. Goodbye, wallet. It was nice knowing you for as long as I did! You can check out the community's discussion around the delay on Doom's Twitter. Anything to make the wait feel that much shorter, right?