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SGF ’24: “DOOM: THE DARK AGES” Rips-and-Tears in 2025

Sunday, June 9, 2024 | Games


One of the worst kept secrets in recent gaming history was finally made official today during the Xbox Showcase, part of Summer Game Fest ’24. DOOM: THE DARK AGES, the third entry in the modern DOOM trilogy following 2016’s reboot and 2020’s DOOM Eternal, is also the first rip-and-tear gorefest produced by Bethesda under the Microsoft umbrella.

In-game footage included in the reveal trailer shows what DOOM players have to come to expect from the franchise over the last decade, including frantic firefights, massive weapons and visceral enemy dismemberment all set to the tune of a heavy metal soundtrack.

Purists who were critical of Eternal’s Halo-inspired sensibilities, however, may take umbrage with Bethesda’s continued shift away from DOOM’s roots, as DOOM: THE DARK AGES appears to be boots-off-the-ground more than ever before. One particular scene shows Doomguy  the Doom Slayer perched on the back on a wyvern-stylized beast, no doubt reigning hell from above.

Keeping with Microsoft’s “Project Latitude” initiative, when DOOM: THE DARK AGES releases in 2025, not only will it land on Game Pass day one across the Xbox family of current gen consoles and PC, but also on PS5.

Kevin Hoover
Ever since watching CREEPSHOW as a child, Kevin Hoover has spent a lifetime addicted to horror (and terrified of cockroaches). He wholeheartedly believes in the concept of reanimating the dead if only we’d give it the old college try, and thinks FRIDAY THE 13th PART V is the best in the franchise. Aside from writing “Cryptid Cinema Chronicles” for Rue Morgue, he’s been a working copywriter for over a decade and you’ve probably bought something with his words on it. He also believes even the worst movie can be improved with buckets of gore.