Doom Eternal delayed, Switch version coming after other platforms, Doom 64 a new pre-order bonus
Bethesda and id Software have shared some significant news about Doom Eternal today. The major headline is that the game is delayed, and will no longer launch in November as originally scheduled.
The initial release for Doom Eternal is now set for March 20, 2020. However, the Switch version is now said to be coming later, and no new date has been announced.
In other news, Doom 64 will now be a pre-order bonus for Doom Eternal. Additionally, Invasion Mode will be made available “shortly after launch”.
Below is the full statement from id Software:
Throughout the development of Doom Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board.
To make sure we’re delivering the best experience – for Doom Eternal to live up to our standards of speech and polish – we’ve made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020. We know many fans will be disappointed by this delay, but we are confident that Doom Eternal will deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait.
In addition to shifting the Doom Eternal launch date, we’ve made a couple of other changes we wanted you to know about:
– Invasion Mode, which will allow you to enter another player’s game as a playable demon, will release as a free update shortly after launch
– Doom Eternal for Switch will release after the other platforms. We will announce that date in the future
– Doom 64 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC in addition to Nintendo Switch. We are adding Doom 64 as a pre-order bonus for Doom Eternal on all platforms, so you’ll be able to download and play the classic game, for free, just for pre-ordering Doom Eternal. Doom 64 will be released on March 20, 2020 on all platforms.
We are grateful to every Doom fan for your dedication and support – we can’t wait to rip-and-tear right alongside you.