Doom 3 BFG Edition will be released this autumn for Xbox 360, PS3 and PC, Bethesda Softworks has announced.
It appears that while we're waiting for a new entry in the Doom franchise, Bethesda has knocked together an enhanced version of the game which arrived on PC back in 2004 and on the original Xbox in 2006.
This new package features Doom 3 and its Resurrection of Evil add-on pack, both said to have been completely remastered. There are also seven new levels – The Lost Mission – which promise hours of new content.
Re-mastered for consoles, the game is said to offer greatly enhanced graphics optimised in 3D, 5.1 surround sound, improved rendering and lighting, a new checkpoint save system, fine-tuned controls, Achievements and trophies.
A big change also comes in the form of an armour-mounted flashlight, making it possible for players to illuminate dark passages and shoot at enemies simultaneously – a feature not present in the original release.
"Doom 3 was enthusiastically embraced by gamers worldwide at its release," said John Carmack, technical director at id Software. "Today, the full experience has been enhanced and extended to be better than ever, and is delivered across all the platforms with a silky smooth frame rate and highly responsive controls. New support for 3D TVs, monitors, and head mounted displays also allows players to experience the game with more depth than ever before. We think shooter fans everywhere will love it."
And that's not all, Doom 3 BFG Edition also ships with the original Doom and Doom 2.
The new content and enhanced visuals sound interesting, but it's the armour-mounted flashlight that will be of interest to may Doom 3 fans. Whilst the decision of whether to hold a weapon or flashlight was an interesting concept that certainly added an extra level of horror, we didn't feel it worked when enemy intensity increased.
It's not currently known whether or not the game will include the co-op mode found in the original Xbox version of the game.