It was only a few months ago during E3 when Bethesda announced Doom Eternal's release date to be November 22, 2019, inviting players to raze hell once again across multiple dimensions. However, in a new announcement today, developer id Software revealed the release date has been pushed back by some months to March 20, 2020.
id Software said that the sudden delay is to make sure the Doom Slayer's return journey will offer the best experience possible, with the studio aiming "to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board."
Alongside the revised release schedule, some changes have been made to what content will be available at launch with Doom Eternal. The previously announced Invasion Mode will now be arriving as a post-launch free update. This is slated to add an invasion mechanic, à la Dark Souls, where players can join other Doom Slayers' worlds as a demon to wreak havoc.
While PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 releases are now on track to arrive together on March 20, 2020, the Nintendo Switch version will no longer land alongside the other platforms. This release date will be revealed at a later time.
The announcement also confirmed that the classic Nintendo 64 shooter Doom 64's re-release is coming to PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4. The game was already confirmed for the Nintendo Switch last month. Moreover, the Doom 64 re-release is now a pre-order bonus for Doom Eternal across all platforms, with it also having a March 20, 2020 release date.