Doom Eternal will be a 22-hour-plus game, developer says

After a triumphant return with 2016’s Doom, Id Software’s iconic series is coming back with Doom Eternal. Originally planning for a November 2019 release, the developer delayed the latest entry in the Doom franchise to March 2020.

Our sister site GameSpot released its preview of the first three hours of Doom Eternal Tuesday, and it looks like fans of the last game will get their fill with the sequel. According to creative director Hugo Martin, Doom Eternal’s single-player campaign will clock in at more than 22 hours, which is quite the jump from the approximately 16 hours of Doom 2016.

After months of silence, Id Software released a new trailer for Doom Eternal. The story trailer gives some insight that Doomguy may not be just some human who happened to defeat the armies of hell. Still, whatever the story may be for the game, there’ll be plenty of demons to maim in gory fashion.

First revealed at Bethesda’s 2018 E3 press conference, the gory, fast-paced, heavy-metal-blaring first-person shooter sequel will put players back in the role of the Doom Slayer, the hero from the original game, who was revived to take on the forces of hell. This time around, demons have made their way to Earth, and it’s up to Doom Slayer to save the world once again.

When does Doom Eternal come out

Id Software announced the Doom Eternal delay, to March 20, 2020, on Oct. 8 via Twitter. The developer originally planned for a Nov. 22 release, first revealed at E3 2019.

“To make sure we’re delivering the best experience — for DOOM Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish — we’ve made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020,” the developer tweeted.

Along with news of the delay, Id Software said the Switch release for Doom Eternal will come sometime after the game launches on PS4, PC and Xbox One. Invasion Mode, a multiplayer mode that lets players play as a demon in other players’ games, will also come after the game’s release.

As a bit of a consolation for Doom fans, Doom 64 will be released the same day as Doom Eternal. Id Software released Doom, Doom II and Doom 3 earlier this year for consoles.

Bethesda revealed on Oct. 22 another consolation for the delay by giving away Doom 64 for free with Doom Eternal preorders.