Hell gets a bit of a reprieve, fortunately for them, as today id Software announced that a Doom Eternal delay would be happening. This puts the game’s new release date on March 20 of 2020, when it was supposed to be releasing on November 22 of this year. Id did, however, provide an explanation.
The explanation, which came from the official Doom Twitter page, is so that Id can help the game live up to the expectations of Doom fans and be polished even more. The company also gave us a number of updates on various other parts of the game.
For instance, Invasion Mode, an online play mode where players can invade other players’ games as demons, will be coming in a free update shortly after the game releases in March of 2020. The Nintendo Switch version of Doom Eternal will also be releasing separate from the other versions after the Doom Eternal delay’s new release date. Finally, Doom 64 will be releasing on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC in addition to the Nintendo Switch. It will also be a pre-order bonus for Eternal.
Doom Eternal is the sequel to the 2016 Doom reboot, which got critical acclaim despite a lackluster marketing campaign and went on to be one of the most successful games of that year. Since then, fans have eagerly been awaiting a sequel, and the hype has only gone up with each appearance the game makes at an event.
The Doom Eternal delay happening so that the game can live up to fans’ expectations is at least a noble goal, but on the side of the developers it also makes it so less crunch time is needed, since the time frame has been moved forward by around four months.
Doom Eternal will be releasing for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC on March 20, 2020, with the Nintendo Switch version at a later date that Id Software will announce.