Doom Eternal Delayed Until March 2020
DOOM Eternal launch was slated for November 22nd but to add some polish, publisher Bethesda Softworks is pushing that date back to March 20, 2020. The developer, iD Software, will also add a new feature called Invasion Mode, which will allow players to enter others’ campaigns as a playable demon. This new mode will be a free download available shortly after the game arrives.
The developer (Via Twitter) assured gamers that the game will be worth the additional 5 months of wait. id also announced a few updates, namely Invasion Mode, a gameplay mode that allows you to “invade” another player’s game as a playable demon, a Nintendo Switch version that follows the other platforms, and the availability of DOOM 64 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC.
An update on DOOM Eternal: pic.twitter.com/2LWrfh6e4Z
— DOOM (@DOOM) October 8, 2019
As part of this delay, Invasion mode, which lets you join another player’s game disguised as a demon, will be released “shortly after launch.” Doom 64, which was slated to launch alongside Doom Eternal on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch, has also been delayed to March 20, 2020. However, it’s now available as a pre-order bonus for Doom Eternal, so at least Switch players will have something to play while they wait for their port.
Finally, id Software has said Doom 64 which was confirmed during a recent Nintendo Direct for November 22nd – will be a Doom Eternal pre-order bonus on all platforms, and arrive on the same later release date of March 20, 2020.
The game is a follow-up to 2016 Doom, taking place after an unknown amount of time and centering on the Doom Slayer’s return to Earth to save the human race. DOOM Eternal was likely to be a big hit for the holidays, so delaying the game couldn’t have been an easy decision for Bethesda and iD. While many gamers will be disappointed by the news, a late game is better than a crummy game.