Word of the Doom reboot that is being developed by id Software has been catching steam lately, with exclusive footage of the game being shown at last week’s QuakeCon. However, Bethesda has now revealed that more information on the game will not be coming until sometime next year.
The PR and marketing boss for Bethesda, Pete Hines, talked about why Doom isn’t ready for a proper reveal yet with PC Gamer:
“We’re working with them to say, ‘How does this work? What do we want to show?’ And they’re like, ‘Look, we don’t want a stream to go up for a game that isn’t at the point where we would formally show it to the world, and now that thing is getting picked apart, and digested, and gone through frame-by-frame and getting nitpicked to death, when normally we wouldn’t be showing this to anybody at all.'”
Hines goes on to explain why he felt they had to release something for Doom:
I really wanted to put something out there that, in a strong way, said, ‘id is working on something that we think is really cool.’ And we wanted … to show something to [fans] that gives them the confidence that it is still a viable studio that’s doing really cool stuff, that is making a game you want to play, and is treating Doom with the care and respect that you want. And now we’re going to go away and go back to making the game, but to be able to counter other people talking about us and we’re sort of just sitting here staying silent, or operating from this negative space of like, ‘Oh, it got rebooted, oh it’s in trouble.’ All of that stuff just bothered the hell out of me.”
So, it sounds like this will be the last that we hear from the new Doom game for a while, but that’s probably for the better. I’d rather they focus on the game rather than having to deal with media scrutiny over every little piece of detail that will eventually be released, and then make the big reveal when they feel satisfied with what they have.