Doom Eternal delayed until 2020 and you can’t play as a demon at launch

Id Software's announced the game's launch date has been pushed back to next year

Doom Eternal’s release date has been pushed back to spring next year. Id Software’s upcoming FPS, that sees you once again take on the role of the Doom Slayer to battle some of hell’s most fearsome and demonic forces, was originally due to drop next month, on November 22 – but now the Doom Eternal release date will be March 20, 2020.

Id Software has shared the news on the official Doom Twitter channel (via user Wario64), with an update that says “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 speed and polish – we’ve made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020.”

The studio adds that it’s aware lots of fans will be disappointed at the news, but says it’s “confident” that when the game launches it’ll be “worth the wait.”

The post also reveals that the game’s Invasion mode – which lets players hop into each other’s games to play as demons – won’t arrive with the game at launch. Instead, it’ll come along as a “free update shortly after launch.”

Sad news for fans excited to get their teeth into the game, but the studio does also reveal something exciting as part of the announcement – Doom 64 will be coming PC after all. The official Doom Twitter channel previously hinted that the re-release of the 1997 Doom title – originally only launched on the Nintendo 64 – could arrive on PC, but now it looks like it’s confirmed.

Doom 64 will be available as a pre-order bonus for Doom Eternal and will release along with Doom Eternal on March 20, 2020.