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Doom 3 is coming to VR, officially

Experience the guts and gore in their full 360-degree glory

A giant looming demon with a gun and flashlight pointing at it from Doom 3 VR Edition. Image: Bethesda Softworks
Ana Diaz (she/her) is a culture writer at Polygon, covering internet culture, fandom, and video games. Her work has previously appeared at NPR, Wired, and The Verge.

The blood-spraying, demon-slaying classic Doom 3 is finally getting a VR release. The first-person shooter from id Software will come to PlayStation VR on March 29, and will be playable on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 (through backward compatibility). Doom 3: VR Edition will feature both the original game and its expansions — Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission.

Doom 3 puts you in the position of a space marine who must fight off a catastrophic invasion of aliens on the colonized planet of Mars. The franchise is known for its unique blend of horror and first-person shooter elements that many have tried to adapt to VR. Ex-id Software programmer John Carmack demoed a prototype of Doom 3 in VR at QuakeCon 2012, there have been fan adaptations, and Bethesda made a stand-alone VR game based on the 2016 Doom reboot — but nothing on the scale today’s announcement.

The new edition sports updated graphics and adds a number of features to enhance its functionality with VR headsets, like a 180-degree quick-turn to react to demons and a wrist-mounted display so the player can track vitals like health, armor, and ammo.