Ready to raze some hell? Well, Doom Eternal is only a week from relase and we can’t wait to properly get our hands on the sequel to the much-loved 2016 reboot.
The new game looks even faster, more frenetic, and more gore-filled than its predecessor – and was meant to be hitting our screens in November. However, we now know that the Doom Eternal’s release date has been pushed back to March 20 2020, delaying the instant gratification only tearing through hordes of the undead with our bare hands can provide us. But from what we’ve seen and played of Doom Eternal, we think it will still be worth the wait.
It’s worth mentioning that March 20 release date only applies to the PS4 and Xbox One versions too – while a Nintendo Switch release is confirmed, it will be arriving some time after the other consoles.
Doom Eternal comes four years after the 2016 Doom reboot, and will feature the same unnamed marine (AKA the Doom Slayer) taking on the forces of hell – this time bringing the action to our own humble planet, and possibly even to heaven.
With a larger backdrop to the blood-fuelled action, and new online multiplayer modes confirmed for the game, there’s still plenty to be excited about, even if we have to wait a little longer to get our hands on it. Here’s everything we now about Doom Eternal.
[Update: Doom Eternal won’t be ‘true 4K’ on Google Stadia after all. Read on to find out more.]
hands on: Doom Eternal review
Cut to the chase
What is it? A fast-paced, ultra-violent shooter where you beat and shoot demons to a pulp, and the sequel to 2016’s Doom
What can I play it on? PC, Xbox One, PS4, Stadia and Nintendo Switch. No word yet on Xbox Series X or PS5
When can I play it? March 20, 2020
Doom Eternal release date
Doom Eternal will release on March 20, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Google Stadia and PC. The game was initially due for release on November 22, 2019 but, back in October, it was announced that the release date had been pushed back.
A press release from id Software stressed that this was “to make sure we’re delivering the best experience – for DOOM Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish.”
Doom Eternal trailers
If the most recent Doom Eternal trailer doesn’t sell you on the game then nothing will. It’s got a bit of everything that you would expect from the series: demons, guns blazing, a hint of narrative and a lot of gore.
Doom Eternal news and rumors
Won’t be ‘true 4K’ on Google Stadia
Despite id Software’s promising otherwise, the developer has now confirmed that Doom Eternal will not deliver a true 4K experience on Google Stadia.
In a blog post, id Software confirmed that the Stadia port of the first-person shooter will run at 1080p and 60 fps on HD displays, and will up-sample to 2160p from 1800p at 60 frames per second on 4K displays.
It’s worth noting that the Xbox One X and PlayStation 4 Pro versions of Doom Eternal will also be upsampled to 4K, but the PC version’s highest “Ultra-Nightmare” setting will support true 4K performance.
Doom Eternal’s PC specs have officially been confirmed. Initially, specs were posted to the game’s Steam page and they garnered interest for being shockingly demanding. These were quickly removed from the page and it was assumed they were incorrect. And they were as Bethesda has now confirmed the actual far more reasonable requirements in a blog post.
Minimum specs (1080p/60 fps/ low quality settings)
CPU: Intel Core i5 @ 3.3GHz | AMD Ryzen 3 @ 3.1 GHz
GPU: Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 | AMD Radeon R9 280, AMD Radeon RX 470
OS: Windows 7/Windows 10 (64-bit)
Recommended specs (1440p/60 fps/high quality settings)
CPU: Intel Core i7-6700K | AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060, GTX 1080 | AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
Ultra-Nightmare specs (4K/60 fps/Ultra-Nightmare settings)
CPU: Intel Core i9-9900K | AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
GPU: Nvidia GeForce RTX 2080 Ti | AMD Radeon VII
Heavy metal choir
A soundtrack can make or break a game’s atmosphere so you won’t be surprised to know that Doom Eternal has a pretty impressive heavy metal choir up its sleeve. A recent video posted by Bethesda shows the choir in action behind the scenes, singing some creepy vocals which are woven through the game’s soundtrack in order to harken “back to the Slayer’s origins”.
The choir is made up of an eclectic mix of metal singers, with an even split between women and men, with the aim of making the “whole game … feel like a heavy metal album experience”. You can see the video and the list of performers involved for yourself below: