September 24, 2020 PC players will have to wait a little longer for Doom Eternal on Game Pass.
Microsoft is buying out ZeniMax Media, which includes Bethesda and a host of related studios like id Software. Alongside the news, Microsoft confirmed that a host of “iconic” Bethesda-published franchises would land on Xbox Game Pass for both PC and console. It looks like Doom Eternal will be the first. After an early teaser, Microsoft has confirmed that Doom Eternal will hit console Game Pass on October 1, but PC players will have to way a bit longer.
Doom Eternal will come to Game Pass for PC “later in 2020”, Microsoft says in the announcement. It’s worth noting that while The Ancient Gods DLC is due to launch on October 20, Game Pass typically does not include DLC as part of the subscription.
2016’s Doom was removed from Xbox Game Pass for console earlier this year, but never appeared on the PC version of the service. Doom Eternal has not yet been available on either version of Game Pass. Bethesda’s current Game Pass PC offerings include Fallout 76, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, and Dishonored 2, but it looks like we’re about to get a whole lot more soon.
This announcement comes after a teaser in the form of a fake internal email from Xbox. The first letter in each sentence spells out the phrase “look below”. Just below the body of the email, there’s a bit of white space, and fans found that by adjusting the image’s contrast and brightness, you’d see the reference to the slayer.
Here you go folks. Clever way to hide it😂 pic.twitter.com/R5R2KCJHz8
— Guille Vizcaíno (@6U1LL3) September 23, 2020
Microsoft and Bethesda have not yet confirmed whether The Elder Scrolls 6 release date and Starfield release date will see those games hit Game Pass from the start, but given that Microsoft’s whole next-gen strategy seems to be focused on the service, it’s an extemely safe bet.