If you’ve been waiting around for the next release in the storied Doom franchise, you better get comfortable as it appears you’ll be waiting a good while longer. An early version of the game, which was first hinted at nearly six years ago and made official a year later, did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda plan to deliver according to Bethesda vice president of marketing and publications Pete Hines.
As such, the game was essentially scrapped in late 2011 according to Kotaku. Hines backed up this claim, stating that id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the high expectations for the game and the franchise. When they are ready to talk more about the game, they’ll let people know, he said.
Sources have told the publication that part of the problem lies with Id. It’s described as a company that was once full of talent but lacks direction. Politics and mismanagement have all played a negative role at the company as executives were more focused on getting Rage shipped in 2011 than paying much attention to what was happening with Doom 4. When they finally had a close look at it, they didn’t like what they saw and demanded change.
Management changes accompanied the Doom 4 reboot which ultimately led to Rage 2 being cancelled since the first game was met with a mediocre response from consumers and critics.
It’s unknown at this time when we should expect to see Doom 4 although sources said it would debut on next generation consoles.