'Doom' creator Id soon to start on new game

Video game developer id Software, famed creators of games like "Doom" and "Quake", will likely start work on its new project almost immediately after completing four years of work on "Doom 3", its chief executive says.

In an interview with Reuters on the sidelines of the video game industry trade show E3 here, Todd Hollenshead said that the game in question was new intellectual property, and was not a "Doom", "Quake" or "Wolfenstein" game.

He offered few details on the style or content of the game, other than to say the id team would start serious work on it in short order, possibly a matter of days, after moving on from the PC and later Xbox releases of the new "Doom2".

"Doom 3" is one of the most highly anticipated PC games ever, one which fans have awaited for years. Through that time, the company has had to balance that intense demand with the desire of its creative staff to continue enhancing and polishing the game.

"It's very flattering," Hollenshead said on Wednesday. "Anybody who says they're not looking for affirmation from their fans are not being serious or straight with you."

The game was a feature attraction at E3 in 2002, drawing lines that wrapped around the booth of game publisher Activision, but less visible last year, and it was only this week that privately owned id confirmed the game would come out sometime this summer.

Hollenshead said that while he could not put a firm date yet on the game's launch, the summer window was not just an approximate guess.

Activision plans on the game being a major part of its release schedule for the year, and will spend accordingly to support its launch.

"It'll be one of the biggest budgets, if not the biggest budget, we've ever had for a PC release," Chief Executive Bobby Kotick said.

News source: Reuters

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