Bethesda has admitted that it needs to prove itself with the impending PlayStation 4 version of legendary first-person shooter DOOM, informing fans that it shouldn’t expect the sequel to be awesome based on the property’s past pedigree alone. Speaking with MCV, spokesperson Pete Hines likened the situation to Wolfenstein, which has just made a comeback with the critically acclaimed The New Order.
“The last couple of games were either ‘ok’ or ‘not great’,” he earnestly admittedly. “It wasn’t a franchise where people were desperate for the next one. Wolfenstein isn’t Uncharted. We knew that this would take some explaining. But developer Machine Games has now untarnished the intellectual property.”
Hines hopes that the same situation will recur with the new DOOM, which is set to be shown behind closed doors at QuakeCon later this year. “We view that similarly to Wolfenstein, because it’s been so long since the last Doom game,” he explained. “We are going in as if we need to prove ourselves all over again. We have no free passes. Nobody will assume that this is going to be awesome.”
The outspoken executive concluded that the challenge attached to reviving the brand is forcing it to work harder on the game, which we suppose is a good thing. Still, we can’t help but feel that this is a case of the publisher quietly lowering expectations – especially seeing as the sequel has endured a troubled development cycle as far as we’re aware. What do you think that DOOM needs to do to revive itself? Pull out your BFG in the comments section below.
[source mcvuk.com, via computerandvideogames.com, vg247.com]
While DOOM is a classic and has it's place in the olymp of gaming, I don't think this reboot will do much nor that it is needed. There are more shooters out there than you can shake a stick at and basicly DEAD SPACE is what Doom should have been. Just call it quits and make something original...
He is right that nobody cares about Doom anymore.
To be honest, all I really want is for the aiming to be on one axis like in the originals. It would give the game a very unique feel if nothing else.
@Gemuarto dont generalize. Its not healthy
Dead space had the atmosphere. Doom needs to capture some of that and put their own stamp on it. The controls need to revamped or taken back to the original. This game could be great but it needs to distinguish itself from the sea of similar games like it has done in the past.
I didn't read his comments in the sense of him lowering expectations at all. Hes saying no one cares about doom anymore so they had to really make a great product to ensure they get a good response. Just like wolfenstein.
In fact, this is the opposite of down talking his product.
What an utter click-bait misleading title to have chosen! It's entirely possible that the man is being humble and not arrogant about the way that they approach making Doom. There have been loads of times where a publisher promised us the best game ever was coming soon just to ramp up the pre-orders - would you honestly prefer this??? I hate to admit it but click-bait style like this takes the site down a notch or two, in my personal opinion.
Doom needs to go back to the root.
It needs level structure (level 1, 2, 3, etc...), huge open maps, secrets, super fast movement and gameplay, lots of bright, beautiful colours, enemies strategically placed on the map, no weapon limit, no health regen, big guns with huge meaty feel, no hand holding, tonnes of easter eggs, hidden levels, no cinematic structure, no survival horror, no Doom 3, power-ups, cheat codes, hard difficulty, lots of gore, up to a hundred enemies on screen at once, unrealistic level structure and so forth.
This will revitalize the FPS genre. We don't need anymore movie-wannabe FPS games. Go back to the root and innovate again that way.
Kind of agree with you here.
Completely diasagree....Doom could revitalise the FPS genre by going back to it's roots. See my comment above. The last thing it should be is Dead Space.
Um, no. It was one of the most talked about reveals of E3 and is arguably one of the top 5 most popular games on the planet STILL to this day. Overall, Doom is still many peoples pick as the greatest and most influential western game ever made. It has one of the biggest fanbases of all all games. It is still being modded and played with on a huge scale (see Brutal Doom).
@Gemuarto Just because you don't doesn't mean nobody does.
Btt: Doom has a special place in my heart. Loved 1 and 2 back then and thoroughly enjoyed 3, last but not least because of the amazing tech back then. What I want from Doom 4 is a proper reboot that has that oldschool shooter-vibe that Wolfenstein the New Order seemingly had. Sadly, I didn't play Wolfenstein yet, because the German version is dubbed only and censored, which are two big no-nos in my book, so I hope Doom will deliver more of that over the top oldschool flavor.
And since the idTech 5 engine is amazing, I hope Doom 4 will look spectacular. Sadly, Wolfenstein didn't fully deliver on that front, it seems, but Rage on the 360 looked amazing, and Bethesdas approach that they have to kind of redeem themselves with Doom gives me hope they'll not mess this up. The first teaser looked promising, that's for sure.
Shootin stuff. Blood. Humour. Done.
I've never played doom, don't know why just never have, so a reboot type situation would matter to me, i would love to play doom.
If you don't care why are you commenting here? I am 38, played Doom when it was released (and it's sequels actually), & consider it the most revolutionary game of all time. Your comments reek of immaturity & stupidity, quite frankly. The fact that Doom is still even article worthy (no matter what you two think), even with no game since Doom 3, should tell you how important the franchise has been to gaming. Any new Doom game is news worthy & I hope the game is awesome.
Exactly! When I clicked on this article, I was expecting something completely different. Pure click bait.
I hope DooM takes the same "back to basics" approach that Wolfenstein did, minus all the "fluff"...I'm talking about the underwater sections and resistance base parts in The New Order. Not to mention BJ Blazkowicz singing "Buffalo girls won't you come out tonight."
@Godsire- Because I agree with spokeperson from Bethesda. I kind of understand him. There is no ground to think that Doom will be great. What connects it to original Dooms and Doom 3 except name? Different team of developers, really different time, skipped generation of consoles. On what basis people should wait for that game and think that it will be great? Only because it's Doom? And Doom 3 wasn't really that super great at all. People don't wait Doom as they wait Uncharted or even The Evil Within or Tomb Raider 2. By nobody I mean crowd of course. Not guys like you.
@Shaolin Rapidly becoming par for the course here, unfortunately. As is the incessant refusal to reference multi-platform games; it's always the "PS4 (this or that)" which gives the impression that the contents of any given article ONLY APPLIES to the PS4 version, and not the multiple other versions.
@IronManDS Agreed. I've said it before and I have to say it again, but this mentioning of only the PS4 version when there's others, implying it's PS4 exclusive is just poor and bad journalism that hurts this site. All the more so because in general I feel that the quality of the articles on Pushsquare is top notch.
But this "PS4 shooter Destiny" business just reeks cheap, imo. Jus' saying, though...
@Reverend_Skeeve But this site is about playstation.
@Gemuarto Obviously it is, and I have no problem with that. Also; I don't say Pushsquare should start to report news for other consoles or something like that. All I mean is that not mentioning that there's other versions of a game sometimes comes across a little fanboyish/narrow minded. I know that's not the case with the Pushsquare team, so it's all the more reason to maybe think again about this policy, because, as I said, I think it takes away from the otherwise excellent standard and articles Pushsquare manages to maintain.
I felt the same about the Wolfenstein game - expected it to be trash.
I was wrong, I am playing it at the moment and I am really enjoying it!
Makes me abit more optimistic towards this release.
@IronManDS @Godsire- @3rdEyeMind
Hi guys, yeah sorry if it lowered the tone of this comments section to call out Push Square on the misleading nature of the article but it's clearly what we were all thinking. A good day to you all, cheers!
Well I love Doom for what it is a fun shooter with some nostalgia I personally loved wolfenstein but I think the previous wolfenstein was just as good as the new one. I liked doom 3 and it's awesome because it's really creepy at times but I much preferred the previous doom games in this situation as well so I don't think they could make any decision that would lose me as a fan unless they made it feel like cod or it had a 1d soundtrack or something
@Shaolin Not at all. It needs to be said and it needs to be heeded. If I didn't like the site and the staff and the community here, I wouldn't come. Period. But, since I'm here, please don't insult my intelligence by intentionally weaving words to make it appear as if multi-platform games are not, um, multi-platform games.
For instance: If you say something like "Ubisoft is working hard on the PS4 Assassin's Creed" it implies: (a) Assassin's Creed is only on PS4; or (b) Assassin's Creed may be on other platforms, but Ubisoft is only working hard on the PS4 version.
It lessens the quality of the site, IMO. And, I'd love to see that not happen.
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