Bethesda unveiled a teaser for the next Doom, which they’re planning to reveal at E3, 2015 in June. We knew great things were coming when the company announced they’re hosting their own press conference at the event, but we weren’t sure what they are.
If Bethesda is holding a press conference it means they probably have more to reveal than just a new Doom game.
Still, the teaser is certifiably badass.
What’s Going on There?
For a few seconds, we get a glimpse at a shotgun being reloaded, and then we see a Revenant firing its shoulder-mounted missile launcher.
The teaser looks good, but there’s not enough to understand what’s going on.
The Revenant is obviously in some kind of hellish dimension and its being attacked by something offscreen. You can barely make out the environment during the shotgun-reload scene, but it looks spacecraft-y.
What We Want to See in the Next Game
We haven’t seen anything new from the series since the Resurrection of Evil expansion was released in 2005. It’s about time! Here’s hoping they bring back the same creepy yet high-octane action we saw in Doom 3.
A new game in the series also means new content, mechanics and more. Naturally, we have a list of things we’d like to see make it into the game.
1. Inventive Weapons
The BFG 9000 — or Big Fucking Gun — is awesome, there’s no doubt about that. However, we’d really like to see some new weapons introduced — right alongside the iconic ones.
The Soul Cube and Artifact were fun to use in Doom 3, but only one of them appeared in the core game. Bethesda and ID, if for some odd reason you’re looking at this, please offer us some badass new ways to take out our hellish foes!
2. Linear Design
We’re not asking for tiny, bunched up maps that have little replay value, but open-world games are a dime-a-dozen these days. Instead, let’s hope the devs get innovative with their level design yet maintain a relatively linear setup. While an open-world Doom might be cool, we’d much rather play a traditional shooter. After all, the original Doom was one of the first breakthrough games of the genre.
Keep it true to its roots. Give us that over-the-top, gun-heavy gameplay we know and love.
3. New Locales
Over the course of the series, we’ve seen Mars, distant environments, spacecraft and the fiery depths of hell often. We’ve also seen those environments in other games too. This time around, it would be great if the devs gave us to some new locales and environments to explore.
For instance, take a look at what Irrational Games did in Bioshock. Love the game or hate it, the city of Rapture and underwater locales were intriguing. Imagine if Bethesda and ID took us to somewhere as equally intriguing for the next game in the Doom franchise?
4. Nightmarish Monsters
We don’t need to elaborate on this point, because there will probably be some new baddies in the game anyway. The imps, arch-viles, hell-knights and demons are downright terrifying, but we’ve encountered them before.
If the devs really want to give us a good time — and creep us the hell out — they should introduce some new monsters to fight. The Revenant from the teaser is certainly a step in the right direction.
5. Pure Shooter Gameplay
A lot of devs try to change things up by tacking on RPG-like leveling and customization mechanics to their games. The Doom series was never really about that, well except for that one RPG iteration. We hope the next game doesn’t become about that either. Don’t get us wrong, we love RPGs but there are plenty of them out there.
We hope the next Doom is restricted to pure shooter gameplay. That doesn’t mean we don’t want the devs to be inventive with the mechanics and systems. We just want to play a game that’s loyal to the days of old.
What do you think? What kind of game are you hoping to see when Bethesda finally unveils the new Doom at E3?