QuakeCon 2014 weekend started out with a bang, as gameplay for id Software’s newest Doom was shown exclusively to attendees. The reveal was part of the annual QuakeCon Welcome presentation. Unfortunately, Bethesda did not allow any filming or release any footage of the gameplay.
Doom, formerly Doom 4, is expected to run in 1080p at 60 frames per second on the id Tech 6 engine. It will be an origin game returning to its demonic, fast-paced combat, big guns, and “gibs” (enemies exploding into bloody pieces) roots. Gameplay also featured all sorts of gruesome dismemberment through the use of a chainsaw and new melee finishing moves. An old-school take on Doom could be just what the series needs as Wolfenstein: The New Order benefited from a similar approach.
In other news, Bethesda announced a new release date for The Evil Within. Shinji Mikami’s horror adventure will release on October 14 in North America. Instead of contending with Battlefield Hardline and Evolve that week, The Evil Within will go up against Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel. Thanks for that Bethesda.
As is customary every year, QuakeCon is hosting North America’s largest LAN party. About 2,800 people attended the bring-your-own-computer (BYOC) event that includes competitive tournaments in 2013.
If you’re into saving money on Bethesda games, there’s no better time than QuakeCon. The Elder Scrolls Online is now on Steam at a discounted price, $29.99 for the standard edition, $47.99 for the Imperial Edition. In addition to that, Steam is running a sale on Bethesda games individually or as a package deal for $99.99 as well as daily deals. As if the Steam Summer Sale didn’t crush enough savings.
One notable absence to QuakeCon 2014 is the annual keynote by id co-founder and creator of Doom and Quake, John Carmack, who left id to join Oculus VR.
QuakeCon 2014 runs from July 17-20 in Dallas, TX and is open and free to the public.