Doom Eternal is the first game to be running on id Tech 7, the latest iteration of the multiplatform proprietary game engine developed by id Software. While players are yet to experience for themselves the amount of improvements (and enhancements) brought upon by the id Tech 6 successor, one of the developers is already posting testatements to how large a jump Doom Eternal has made in terms of performance.
Taking to Twitter earlier today, lead engine programmer Billy Khan announced that Doom Eternal is easily the best game ever made by id Software. Thanks to the id Tech 7 engine, the game is not only pushing ten times the geometric detail compared to the last Doom installment but also running buttery smooth. The image quality is also something that will leave players surprised.
In addition, Doom Eternal seems to be heavily optimized. Despite the jump in graphical fidelity, the game will boast smooth combat without any frame-drops, or at least that’s what Khan is claiming. He has marked Doom Eternal as nothing but brilliant and can’t wait for everyone to finally try the game out.
DOOM Eternal is the best game we have ever made. It is brilliant. I cannot wait for everyone to finally play it. It runs butter smooth. The combat is fluid as silk. idTech7 is pushing so much geometric detail. The image quality is bonkers. Get excited!
— Billy Khan▶️Optimizing DOOM Eternal (@billykhan) January 14, 2020
Doom Eternal was initially pegged to release on November 22, 2019. However, Id Software decided to delay the release to March 20, 2020, for all platforms. The developer explained that the delay was necessary to make sure the sequel was polished enough to live up to the high expectations (and standards) set by its predecessor.
The wait will probably be worth it. The single-player campaign has been confirmed to be somewhat longer than the last installment, estimated to be around 18 to 22 hours and longer for players who love to explore and not rush. Based on rumors, there will be eighteen levels in total.
Doom Eternal remains in development for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. The game will also release for Nintendo Switch but at a later date that Id Software will announce when the time is right. In addition, Doom Eternal is also coming to Google Stadia, which remains without a release date as well.