Doom Eternal Will Support Vulkan Powered Ray-Tracing
Id Software has long established itself as a developer that likes to be at the forefront of graphics technology, so it comes as little surprise to learn that Doom Eternal will support all the fancy ray-tracing features of Nvidia’s RTX graphics cards.
As Marty Stratton said when asked about RTX:
“RTX makes it look, you know, amazing. There are great benefits but it doesn’t necessarily expand our audience or that the way that the way that something like Stadia does so, but absolutely people can look forward to DOOM Eternal and id Tech 7 supporting ray tracing. Absolutely. I mean we love that stuff, the team loves it and I think we’ll do it better than anybody honestly.”
Back in May 2019, NVIDIA and id Software confirmed that the next Wolfenstein game, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, will support real-time ray tracing and NVIDIA’s Adaptive Shading. We don’t know whether DOOM Eternal will also support Adaptive Shading, though chances are really high at this point.
ID Software’s parent company and the publisher of DOOM Eternal Bethesda has previously partnered with Nvidia to bring the ray tracing as well as adaptive shading to titles like Wolfenstein: Youngblood so its no surprise that DOOM Eternal is getting the same treatment.
With a release dated for 22nd of November this year, here’s the list of the core features offered by the game.
- Slayer 2.0: Unleash the overwhelming power of the DOOM Slayer. With updated armor and an arsenal of new and improved equipment, including a shoulder-mounted cannon with flamethrower, extendable blade, and a new dash ability, you’re faster and deadlier than ever. Destroy every demon in your path with an upgraded array of guns and mods, including the Super Shotgun’s new Meat Hook attachment to pull yourself point blank with the faces of hell.
- Rip More, Tear More: Obliterate more demons than ever before, each with their own attacks and abilities. Fan-favorite classics such as the Pain Elemental, Archvile, and Arachnotron make their return, while a horde of totally-new demons join the roster including the DOOM Hunter and corrupted Marauders. DOOM Eternal’s “destructible demons” system takes your power fantasy to new levels by ensuring that every trigger pull has never felt better.
- All-new Invasion: As the Slayer, allow real players to invade your campaign as demons for a dramatic and unpredictable twist anytime you’re playing the campaign. Or join the ranks of the damned yourself as you become a demon and invade a friend or other player’s campaign. Invade others either by yourself or with another player, as part of a hunting party, to give the Slayer a true taste of Hell.
- We’re Not on Mars Anymore: Rip and tear across epic, never-before-seen worlds. Witness the tumbling skyscrapers of Hell on Earth; battle through an invasion of the mammoth BFG 10,000 on Phobos, and discover the ancient secrets of the DOOM universe. With idTech7, every environment is brought to life in unprecedented detail.
The release date 22nd of November 2019.