— DOOM (@DOOM) June 10, 2019
The fact that retro video games can stand their ground against the onslaught of new high-tech titles is hardly news. What always comes as a pleasant surprise is just how dedicated developers are in bringing back beloved franchises to modern audiences. It’s as if the industry shares the public’s nostalgia for good old-fashioned gaming. While some titles like classic RPGs Planescape: Torment and Icewind Dale can only be enhanced so much, others are of a style that, once upgraded, fits in perfectly with 2019 gamer trends. DOOM was a first-person shooter released in 1993 that pretty much solidified the genre’s popularity. Now, following the July release of all three original games, Xbox is preparing to launch a DOOM Eternal bundle on March 3, 2020. Let’s dig deeper into what we know so far and why the appeal of retro gaming has survived.
DOOM Eternal News
The title follows the DOOM Slayer, tasked with clearing Earth of a demonic infestation. Microsoft offers a Standard and Deluxe edition. They both feature Doom 64, a campaign and a battle mode, this a multiplayer 2 against 1 setup where players can fight the DOOM Slayer as powerful demons. The bundles also include the Rip and Tear pack, which turns the epic action up to a hundred with the DOOM Revenant player skin, Cultist Base master level and “Throw-back” shotgun, the original DOOM weapon. The Deluxe edition tops all that off with special content, namely a Year One Pass to two standalone campaigns with unique gameplays that narrate the demons’ conquering of Earth. You also get a Demon Slayer Skin and a sound effect pack from the original game.
As the developer that started the whole franchise, id Software has gone above and beyond with this sequel. Expect the same gun-slinging crawl through hellish dungeons, but with the extra action, horror and immersive multisensory experience that only modern gaming technology can provide. Be prepared for the additional likelihood that you won’t be sleeping or leaving the house for a while.
Developers’ kind decision to bring modernized bundles of classic titles to 2018 consoles, including Sonic the Hedgehog and Pokémon, has been met with huge success. Super Mario is the clear leader as the franchise’s three packs combined – Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Super Mario Party and Mario Kart 7 – sold over 12.5 million units. But what power do all these games hold over players? Psychological studies suggest nostalgia is a key factor that influences and benefits gamers. Even a title like DOOM with more combat than storytelling or character development can trigger fond memories by simply existing as a fun ‘90s pastime. Today’s digital technology comes with even greater opportunities to not only enjoy retro video games, but also connect with other players from across the globe. A perfect atmosphere to celebrate the ancestry of gaming entertainment.
DOOM Eternal will soon be joining the growing and much-appreciated mass of upgraded classic games. Comparing it with the franchise’s original titles and modern designs of first-person shooters should offer interesting insight into the genre’s evolution.