Staff WriterFans of classic first-person shooters will be happy with gaming giant Bethesda Softworks' latest announcement: pre-ordering their upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order will unlock a pre-packaged beta for much-anticipated fright-based shooter, Doom 4. Wolfenstein: The New Order will be the ninth iteration of the famed FPS series. Known for combining elements of World War II-era history with fantasy and horror elements, The New Order will be the first title in the series to be released without backing from label Id Software since 1992. Though Bethesda neglected to provide further information regarding Doom 4, such as its release date, devotees to the series will welcome the announcement as a breath of fresh air after Doom 4's long tenure in development hell. Reportedly, after three years spent toiling away on the beleaguered Doom 4, Id Software made the bold decision to reboot the game and start completely from scratch. This was confirmed by Bethesda to gaming website Kotaku in April of 2013: “An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that Id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect,” said vice president of Bethesda Softworks' marketing and public relations Pete Hines, “As a result, Id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise. When we’re ready to talk about the Doom 4 Id is making, we will let folks know.” Having been officially announced at 2007's QuakeCon in Dallas, Texas, Doom 4 has spent a total of seven years in and out of development hell, having suffered from mismanagement and being criticized as “mediocre”. During QuakeCon 2013, Tim Willits, Id Software studio director, spoke alongside Hines to IGN, providing further details regarding the game's issues and progress: “It wasn’t one thing,” Willits told IGN. “It wasn’t like the art was bad, or the programming was bad. Every game has a soul. Every game has a spirit. When you played Rage, you got the spirit. And [Doom] did not have the spirit, it did not have the soul, it didn’t have a personality. It had a bit of schizophrenia, a little bit of an identity crisis. It didn’t have the passion and soul of what an id game is. Everyone knows the feeling of Doom, but it’s very hard to articulate.” As of now, Wolfenstein: The New Order is set for a multi-platform release on the 23rd of May, 2014. Both it and Doom 4 will be powered by the id Tech 5 gaming engine, which premiered in 2011 with Id Software's post-apocalyptic shooter, Rage. Regarding the Doom 4 beta's future and availability, Bethesda stated: "Timing and availability of future beta programs for Doom is to be determined. The only current way to ensure access is through pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order. We will be providing more information on additional beta tests, if any, at a later time." Check out the trailer for Wolfenstein: The New Order to catch a glimpse of what's to come!
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