Rumor: Doom 4 on indefinite hold? [Update]

Update: Bethesda Softworks' spokesperson Pete Hines updated his Twitter page with the following post: "DOOM 4 rumor, games are done when they are done and no title under development at id has been postponed – indefinitely or otherwise."

Original Story: If a new rumor is to be believed, gamers who have been waiting patiently for id Software to release its promised next Doom game may be waiting for a lot longer than originally thought. Kotaku reports via unnamed sources that id's owner and publisher Bethesda Softworks has made the decision to "indefinitely postpone" the development of Doom 4. The story, which uses unnamed sources, claims that the decision was announced recently at id Software's headquarters in Dallas, Texas. Eurogamer got word back from Bethesda saying it does not respond to rumors.

The story's source claims that Bethesda made the decision because of "the issues and reviews" surrounding Rage, the long-in-development shooter from id that was released earlier this month. While the game's reviews leaned toward the positive side (Metacritic's average review scores showed 83 for the PS3 version, 81 for the Xbox 360 version and 79 for the PC port) there were graphics issues with the PC version which id claimed were mostly related to graphics drivers from NVIDIA and AMD. id Software's main programmer John Carmack even admitted earlier this month that the graphics driver problems with the PC release of Rage "have been a real cluster !@#$." Kotaku's story also claims that Bethesda now has "a serious lack of confidence in the project management at id." So far there's no word on sales numbers for Rage.

Doom 4, the latest game in the shooter series that is also id's flagship game franchise, was first announced by id back in 2008, one year after the developer first announced Rage. In 2009, Bethesda Softworks acquired id Software; since then neither Bethesda nor id have commented on what Doom 4 would actually be like, preferring to concentrate their marketing on Rage's release.

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littleneutrino said,
I am alright with this as I hated Doom 3

Don't like Doom either. More waiting for Quake Wars 2 and Quake 5.

I am ok with it too, now get to working on a Remake of Quake 1 or Quake 2 with todays GFX and call it something like Quake 5 or Quake Revisit or even Quake from the beginning. Just make a Quake game already.

xchaser said,
I am ok with it too, now get to working on a Remake of Quake 1 or Quake 2 with todays GFX and call it something like Quake 5 or Quake Revisit or even Quake from the beginning. Just make a Quake game already.

If I were to bet, I'd say they'd call it Quake HD....

xchaser said,
I am ok with it too, now get to working on a Remake of Quake 1 or Quake 2 with todays GFX and call it something like Quake 5 or Quake Revisit or even Quake from the beginning. Just make a Quake game already.

It would be awesome if they did those remakes!

I hope that just because Rage had a very rough launch with the graphic and framerate issues, that it doesn't stop id software from making games.

If they even tested it at all on a handful of configurations (not a LOT, just a couple), they would have seen that RAGE had some serious issues out of the box. Granted, some of these issues were resolvable by the user doing a little research on what specific problems they were having and either downloading beta graphics card drivers and tweaking app specific settings and/or setting up custom .cfg files for RAGE. I had all of my issues resolved in about an hour. But that doesn't excuse id for the **** it looked like when I first loaded the game.

They should have acknowledge this and declared that RAGE was not ready for the PC and postponed it. I wouldn't be surprised if Bethesda had more to do with the RAGE problems than id software due to pushing a deadline which is a very EA thing to do. Just suspect...do not know.

Anyway, I would love to see a Doom 4 and am saddened by this news . Rage is a decent game. Certainty above the rest. No reason to halt upcoming titles form id software because of the rough start RAGE has had. I mean, they are up there with Peter Molyneux. If Peter Molyneux gets free pass after free pass for crappy games because he is "legendary" then id software should to .

Issue with Rage was not graphics drivers, but more like bad design.

I hope theyw ont majorly screw up with doom 4, since doom 3 was awesome!

qdave said,
Issue with Rage was not graphics drivers, but more like bad design.

Exactly. Invisible walls, virtually non-existent auto-saving, whack-a-mole AI, fetch based missions, terrible physics, laggy co-op play, mouse acceleration in menus, terrible ending, no drag-and-drop inventory, poorly implemented quick-select system, unified lighting rather than dynamic and very poor textures despite taking up 25GB.

The first-person gameplay is actually very enjoyable and the weapons certainly feel right but there are just so many terrible design decisions the game just doesn't quite work. They need to put a LOT more thought into the design, rather than focusing so heavily on the technology (which just isn't that impressive).

Doom 3 was crap, but then again iD really only ever have released tech demoes pretending to be games. I'm sure some developer will eventually release a wonderful game using the Rage engine.

I'm just waxing nostalgic. Quake I and II were really wonderful and the multiplayer stuff, CTF particularly, was tons of fun. I miss the grappling hook. <sniff>

babyHacker said,
With all the whining from PC Gamers over Rage, I hope they do make it but only for consoles.

The "whining" wasn't unwarrented. Just check out some YouTube videos. If you paid $60 for a PC game that looked like that on some top hardware configurations you would be whinny as well.

Well i'd like to see something coming out of ID again similar to doom. They or John have been great at pushing new and exciting 3d engine technology at that time, aspiring to achieve something new i.e Wolfenstein 3D; and curved surfaces in 3D games! o_0

Maybe if they announce a release date for Doom 4, Value will get ****ed and FINALLY start working on Episode 3....

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