Believe it or not, it's now been over 10 years since the last game in the historic horror video game franchise Doom was released, the developers at id Software having spent the better part of the last decade figuring out how to follow up on the monster-infested corridor crawl that was Doom 3.
Ever since it was announced, the project has floundered in development hell, plagued by constant delays and hastily cancelled early prototypes. Finally, it seems that the long-awaited Doom 4 is almost ready for the discerning public eye, with the release of this exceptionally brief teaser showing off the latest version:
Not much to go on, right? Well, while we await the ACTUAL Doom 4, due to make its full gameplay debut on June 14, why don't we take a look at some rare, recently released footage of an earlier (now cancelled) version of the game that we'll now likely never get the chance to play.
The video was posted on fan site Doom World and seemingly shows part of a 2012 trailer that was never completed. It's a fascinating glimpse at the game that could've been, made all the more interesting by how 'out of place' it looks in the context of the franchise - I don't think I'd have even recognized it as a Doom game if I wasn't told! Take a look:
Welcome to the Resistance
The graphical style looks like it's taken inspiration from the developer's previous post-apocalyptic game Rage.
Is this Call of Duty, or Doom we're looking at here?!
A City in Turmoil
Doom has never been known for its wide open combat areas, though this version looks like it's at least trying to break the mould...
Rise up Against the Hordes
Was there a greater focus on co-operative play and teamwork in this cancelled prototype?
Hell on Earth
Okay, now it looks a bit more like a Doom game, the red hellish aura of the sky forecasting an imminent shower of flesh hungry beasts.
Check it out in motion below:
What do you think - would you play that game?
Though it's fascinating to see the direction Doom 4 almost went in, I'm actually pretty pleased they decided to scrap this version. From this (admittedly) brief look at it, it seems it was trying hard to emulate the success of its contemporaries, like COD, rather than striving to do something fresh and original.
We'll have to wait until June 14 to see how the real Doom 4 stacks up against this abandoned version of the project...