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DOOM Eternal, the upcoming gore-soaked demon blasting FPS from Bethesda and id Software was supposed to launch next month, on November 22. Unfortunately, Bethesda has now confirmed that the game has been pushed back, and will instead arrive March 20, 2020.
Bethesda took to Twitter to confirm the news, announcing that both it and id Software have decided to delay the game in order to live up to both companies "standards of speed and polish", promising that DOOM Eternal will be worth the extra wait.
"Throughout the development of DOOM Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board," Bethesda wrote in a statement.
"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 well worth the wait."
Bethesda has also announced three other key changes in addition to the news of the delay. The first is that Invasion Mode, a Dark Souls style mode in which players can take on the role of a demon and enter another player's game, will be released as a free update sometime after the revised March 20 release date, and won't be included at launch.
The publisher also reaffirmed that DOOM Eternal will be coming to Nintendo Switch, but not on the same day as PC, PS4, and Xbox One, so Nintendo gamers are in for an even longer wait, unfortunately. Bethesda didn't give a specific release date for Switch, but promised more news will follow soon.
Finally, it was announced that DOOM 64 will be provided as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal on all platforms, and will also be made available to buy separately for anyone who wants to relive the N64... classic. Can I call it a classic? I mean, it was alright. Let's just call it an N64 game for now and leave it at that.
For what it's worth, DOOM 2016 was by far one of the best shooters I've played in years, so I've no issue trusting id Software here. If a delay it's what's needed, then by all means push it back. The only real issue is that the game now finds itself sandwiched into a ridiculous run of AAA releases, surrounded by The Last of Us Part 2, Final Fantasy VII Remake, and Watch Dogs Legion. RIP our wallets, I guess.
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