id Software said it’s delaying the game so that Doom Eternal “will live up to our standards of speed and polish.”
Doom Eternal’s new released date is the same day that Animal Crossing: New Horizons comes out, but for those worried about overcrowding their Nintendo Switch never fear: While Doom Eternal will be available for Google Stadia, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One next March, the Nintendo Switch port will be released at a later date.
In a tweet, id Software also revealed that Invasion Mode, which will allow players to enter someone else’s game as a playable demon, will be available as a free update shortly after Doom Eternal launches. Additionally, Doom 64 will be available as a free pre-order bonus on all platforms, not just on Nintendo Switch. Doom 64 will be released the same day as Doom Eternal.
The game is a follow-up to 2016’s Doom, taking place after an unknown amount of time and centering on the Doom Slayer’s return to Earth to save the human race.
The latest title in the Doom franchise was announced at 2018’s E3. Google originally announced that Doom Eternal would come to Stadia in 2019, joining a lineup of other highly anticipated games such as Cyberpunk 2077 and Watch Dogs: Legion.
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