The canceled Doom 4 was apparently going to be wildly different from its predecessors, and a new video of unedited footage shows just how big a departure the game could be.
Released YouTube by video game documentary channel Noclip, the footage shows a very different vibe for the franchise. The player is shown being chased through the sewers by demons crawling on the walls and ceiling while horror music plays in the background. It has more of a survival-horror feel than the high-octane action of the Doom games. Some of the early prototype images also bring back memories of Rage, another series developed by id Software.
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It’s been almost six years, so we thought it was time to release some unedited footage of DOOM 4 and development footage of DOOM (2016) that we got from Bethesda/id. Some great stuff here. Enjoy DOOM fans!
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Doom 4 has been officially re-announced 2008. After disappearing from the news cycle for several years, it has officially re-emerged as Doom, which will launch in 2016.
Ours IGN Unfiltered interview with Id Software executive producer Marty StrattonWe learned that Doom 4 was abandoned in favor of Doom 2016 because the project was “really more Doom than anything.”
“The thing is, it was still good. It was a good game. It was a long way from being on, so it had a ways to go,” Stratton said at the time. “We were multiple teams at the same time… a lot of people were working on Rage and then we… shifted our focus around. [DOOM] and it just lacked some of the key things of DOOM.”
For more information on Doom, see The weirdest devices that can run the 1993 original, including LEGO bricks.
Logan Plant is a freelance writer for IGN. You can find him on Twitter @LoganJPlant.