Starting things off at Bethesda's E3 Press Conference today, Marty Stratton, the Executive Producer at iD Software came on stage to give the first details about the relaunch of Doom, it's campaign, and to show off it's gameplay. It was also announced that the game's launch window for release on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC is New Zealand's Autumn 2016 (Spring 2016 in North America).
Starting in a Mars space stations, the demo shown on stage began with the player's space marine character putting on his helmet, from there opening a massive door and running into a facility full of demons, laying waste to them with a variety of familiar weapons that look better than ever.
From accounts of people who were at Quakecon last year, it appears as though the demo shown at the start of the conference was the same, albeit a more polished version. This looks to be a very different approach to the encounters found in Doom 3, which had much more of a horror vibe to it.
As for what we took away from the gameplay, it seems to play and feel a lot like the original Doom - fast, action heavy, lots of enemies, massive weapons, and plenty of gore. Gameplay features seem to include double jumps, grabbing onto ledges and climbing over them, and lots of contextual melee executions.
The level of gore on display was absolutely stunning, and fits in perfectly with the tone of the new title. Weapons like the Rocket Launcher, Plasma Rifle, Double-barrel Shotgun and Chainsaw also make a return, with the latter being shown as one of the more gruesome ways to dispatch the hordes of hell that are invading the Mars space station.
The end of the Doom gameplay footage also showed off part of the single-player campaign as the story takes the player into the depths of Hell. Here the heroic space marine took on a variety of demons, including Pinkies, a Mancubus, and finished up with the colossal Cyberdemon.
A launch window was also announced for the title, so expect to have Doom in your hands sometime in New Zealand's Autumn 2016 (Spring 2016 in North America) when it releases on the Xbox One, Playstation 4, and PC.