Bethesda’s Pete Hines has warned Doom fans that the next chapter in the venerable first-person shooter series won’t automatically be a winner just because of its legacy - the game will have to prove itself all over again, he insists.
Speaking during an interview with MCV, Hines likened Doom’s situation to that of Wolfenstein: The New Order, which is another franchise that has had more than a few missteps over the past few years.
“The last couple of games were either ‘ok’ or ‘not great’. It wasn’t a franchise where people were desperate for the next one. Wolfenstein isn’t Uncharted. We knew this would take some explaining. But developer Machine Games has now untarnished the IP," said Hines.
As for Doom, he added: “We view that similarly to Wolfenstein, because it’s been so long since the last Doom game. We are going in as if we need to prove ourselves all over again. We have no free passes. Nobody will assume this is going to be awesome.
“We are going to have to prove that this is something that’s going to be fun and different that you need to pay attention to. That has to be our default position, we can’t be: ‘It’s Doom, of course you’re going to play it’. But that just makes us work harder.”
Doom is due out on PlayStation 4, PC, and Xbox One. Access to the game’s beta was provided for gamers who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order, and shooter is scheduled to appear at QuakeCon next week.
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