Originally set for release on 22nd November, DOOM Eternal has now been delayed until 20 March 2020.
That means we’ve got another five months to wait until we can tear our way through hordes of demons, as id Software has made the decision to push back DOOM Eternal‘s release in order to make sure they’re “delivering the best experience”. The company released a statement, emailed to press this afternoon, stating the following:
Throughout the development of DOOM Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board.
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.
Along with the delayed release date, id has also announced a few other changes. DOOM Eternal‘s Invasion Mode, which allows players to enter someone else’s game as a demon, won’t be available at launch. Instead, it’ll be patched in as a free update shortly after the game releases.
The Nintendo Switch release of the game will also not be coming on 20th March alongside other formats. No date has been set, and id “will announced that date in the future”.
Finally, DOOM 64 will release alongside DOOM Eternal on 20th March 2020. It’s not only coming to Switch, but it’ll also be available on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. If you pre-order DOOM Eternal, you’ll get DOOM 64 for free, presumably on the platform you pre-order on.
So, there we go. Based on our preview of DOOM Eternal earlier this year, it was shaping up to be a potential game of the year contender, but now it’ll have to battle against the releases of 2020. Here’s hoping id and Bethesda can deliver the experience they want with a few extra months of development.