The latest trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order confirms a release date and teases a beta for the next Doom.
According to the trailer, which highlights action from the game’s first three chapters, Wolfenstein: The New Order will be available on Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4, PS3 and PC from 20 May in North America, May 23 in Europe and May 22 in Australia.
Those that pre-order the game ahead of release will also be given access to a “Doom beta”, though this suggests the new game will have a multiplayer component, little is known about the next entry in the Doom series.
The website shown in the trailer features an FAQ stating the Doom beta will start at a later date.
“An insert will be included inside your boxed copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order,” it reads. “This insert will include a key code along with code redemption instructions. Once the key code is redeemed, you’ll be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. Check back at wolfenstein.com/doom for updated information.”
“Although you’ll receive the DOOM beta key code with your copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the DOOM beta won’t begin until a later, yet-to-be announced date. We will contact you with news and updates surrounding the start of the DOOM beta via the email address provided during the key code redemption process.”
In April last year, Bethesda confirmed that its Doom 4 project had been “rebooted”, after stating that an earlier prototype “did not exhibit the quality and excitement that Id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect.”
Later, in August, Doom creator John Carmack reportedly asked an internal management team whether he could discuss Doom 4 at the 2013 QuakeCon event, but was told to avoid the subject.
Carmack added that Doom 4 will be “done when it’s done”, but said Bethesda is committed to the project: “The Bethesda family really is about swinging for the fences,” he said. “I hope that we do get back to mobile in various ways in the future, but the real aim is blockbuster triple-A titles, and for Id that means Doom 4. Essentially everybody will be focused on Doom 4 as a project.”
In 2014 Bethesda announced John Carmack had left id Software. It was later revealed he is working on first party projects designed to showcase the capabilities of Oculus Rift. Offering a comment on his departure, Carmack said he left id after Bethesda showed little interest in supporting virtual reality devices in id’s upcoming games.
“[Otherwise] I would have been content probably staying there working with the people and technology that I know and the work we were doing,” Carmack said.
“But they couldn’t come together on that which made me really sad. It was just unfortunate… When it became clear that I wasn’t going to have the opportunity to do any work on VR while at id software, I decided to not renew my contract.”