Since Doom Eternal's release last year, it's received strong post-launch support from Bethesda. While they've been running a free battle pass-style system for cosmetics, we've seen some hefty DLC expansions with The Ancient Gods, which arrived in two parts.
Acting as a standalone expansion, The Ancient Gods brought further resolution to Doom Eternal's storyline, showing the aftermath of the Doom Slayer's victory against the Khan Maykr. Since then, fans have wondered what's next for this latest entry, and here's everything we know.
DOOM Eternal: The Ancient Gods - Part 1 Launches On Switch Today - June 15, 2021
As confirmed within Nintendo's E3 2021 presentation, the first part of DOOM Eternal's DLC campaign has just launched today on Switch.
E3 2021 COUNTDOWN - June 13
There's not long to go until the Xbox & Bethesda E3 Event!
In a recent Xbox Wire post, Microsoft announced their E3 show won't be streaming in 4K, instead advising their E3 stream will be in 1080p at 60fps. Despite this, a 4K reupload will be available on the Xbox YouTube channel after the stream concludes.
The event will run for about 90 minutes and we're hoping it's going to be jam-packed with new games, world premieres, and more.
Tune in June 13 at the following times, depending on your region:
- 10AM PT USA
- 12PM Mexico City
- 1PM ET USA
- 2PM Brasilia
- 6PM UK
- 6PM Lagos
- 7PM Western Europe
- 8PM Moscow
- 9PM Abu Dhabi
- 10:30PM Mumbai
& June 14 at the following times
- 1AM Beijing
- 2AM Japan
- 3AM Sydney
E3 Expectations - 8th June
We're just a few days away from E3 2021 and Microsoft and Bethesda will be hosting joint press conferences on June 13th.
Quite how heavily DOOM will feature is up for debate, but given that it's one of the few games with potential content on the horizon, we can foresee something revealed. It seems more likely than seeing Fallout 5 or Elder Scrolls 6.
We're still hanging our hat on Starfield being the main focus for Bethesda this year, but we think the DOOM slayer could be involved too.
Doom Eternal Will Receive Ray Tracing And DLSS Updates - May 31, 2021
During Nvidia's Computex presentation, they announced Doom Eternal's PC edition would receive Vulkan Ray Tracing and DLSS support. You can watch this in action here.
Having launched in December 2020 on Switch - nine months later than other platforms - Doom Eternal players on Nintendo's hybrid console are still awaiting both parts of The Ancient Gods DLC.
Elsewhere, following the release of The Ancient Gods - Part Two, game director Hugo Martin and executive producer Marty Stratton posted a video statement to id Software’s Twitter account. During this, Stratton advised fans to “Stay tuned, because we’ve got more Doom Eternal updates coming later this year”.
Around that time, Martin had separately confirmed to Polygon that while Eternal's particular story arc ended with Part Two, he believed “there are more stories to tell with the Doom Slayer, for sure".
Martin goes on to discuss some possibilities, saying "I think as you play the DLC, too, you’ll see lots of hints of what we could do moving forward" but didn't outright confirm any plans.
Back in August 2020, Bethesda confirmed that DOOM Eternal would receive a PS5 and Xbox Series X|S version. Outlining the upgrade process with a handy FAQ, they confirmed this would be free for all existing owners and will transfer saves. That launches on June 29, 2021, and you can find a breakdown of improvements here.
Doom Eternal VR?
Back in January, a rating from The Australian Classification Board confirmed Id Software were working on a new title, simply codenamed "Project 2021A". Receiving an R18+ classification, this was noted as having references to "high impact" violence and strong themes.
Curiously, this was an almost identical classification to what DOOM Eternal received upon being rated. Considering Bethesda's previous work in VR, it's led to speculation we could see Doom Eternal VR, similar to how DOOM 2016 got DOOM VFR a year later. You can read more here.