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Doom 4's troubled development now sees the title being given another – perhaps final – chance on next generation consoles, sources have told Kotaku.

At QuakeCon last year id co-founder John Carmack said the game would be "done when it's done" and according to sources this may be some way off.

"[id was] never even close to a shipped product," said a source. "A half dozen mediocre levels was the most [id] had to show."

"It's not going well," said another source. "Poor management, poor organisation... [id] just couldn't nail down design... It's just a mess."

Two sources have told Kotaku that after years of development with little to show, ZeniMax has issued id with an ultimatum: start delivering or face the consequences.

Rumours suggest that one consequence could see id shut down if Doom 4 isn't ready to ship within the next year, but others have said this is unlikely. More plausible would be focussing id on the continued development of technology such as id Tech 5, for use on multiple projects within ZeniMax.

For the time being Bethesda is publicly supporting the game, telling Kotaku: "id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise. When we're ready to talk about the Doom 4 Id is making, we will let folks know."

The continued development of Doom 4 is backed up by another Kotaku source: "They really believe that if they can get the internal strife and disorganization ironed out, Doom 4 has a lot of value... What eventually emerges could be anyone's guess."

QuakeCon 2013 is confirmed for August 1-4, but will we hear anything about Doom 4?

Source: Kotaku

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EverTheOptimist's Avatar


I'm actually glad they're gunning for next-gen (see what I did there? Did you see it?!!) and taking their time rather than rushing it out the door. Remember the leap from Doom 2 to Doom 3? I know it was a HUGE one and you can't really say it's that similar to this, but Doom 3's graphical leap was the reason I nearly cried every time I played it. The lighting was brilliant and the 'realism' provided a bloody awful atmosphere. In some ways I hope they don't make 4 as frightening as I'll genuinely struggle to get through it.
Posted 08:00 on 04 April 2013
Bloodstorm's Avatar


Oh and RAGE 2 has been cancelled.
Posted 16:13 on 03 April 2013
munkee's Avatar


We can wait. The release of an id shooter is a pretty big deal for quite a lot of people. I'm a huge fan of the "Here's a big shotgun. If it moves, shoot it" style of gameplay that id games offer and id tech is always a joy to witness.

I'd love to see Doom 4 arrive on our shelves one day and would be devastated to see them disappear from the scene as game developers.
Posted 15:37 on 03 April 2013

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