Doom Slayer, the infamous rage-fueled, demon-smashing, one-man army who leaves utter obliteration in his wake, has his moments of humanity. But you have to squint and look past all the blood and guts to find them...and they're not always obvious.
Doom: Eternal is a video game first and a sprawling cinematic experience second. id wants to make sure you get your money's worth and have a good time more than it wants to immerse you in a faraway world. Part of that fun comes from not delving too far into Doom Slayer's personality. Sure we have a lot of lore and history behind the mythical Slayer, but who's behind the helmet? We never know why Slayer does what he does. Is he saving mankind, or does he just want to massacre demons?
id wants to keep you guessing, but if the devs had to pick, Slayer isn't a total unfeeling metal machine of death but more akin to a murderous rampager who has a few slivers of humanity. Doomguy is more like Michael Myers than Terminator, if you will.
"I think the Slayer is closer to Michael Myers than the Terminator," Doom: Eternal creative director Hugo Martin told Giant Bomb.
"We really have to be selective in when we reveal his humanity. If we start doing it too much, it just sucks. It's like 'I think he does care about them. Does he care? I think he does. He didn't punch that guy.' We've got it tuned so that the slightest pause or inflection makes you read into it. It's not easy to keep."
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The recent Doom: Eternal story trailer highlighted some of this. In the footage, some high force (possibly a god) warns the Slayer that his actions will call upon heaven's fury. Humans have to pay for what they've done (presumably for opening the gateway to Hell on Mars) and no one can save them.
"What you interfere with now is bigger than you could imagine. If you continue, you will bring down the heaven's wrath. It is written. It is their time to give penance. You are but one man. They are no longer your people to save," the deity tells Doom Slayer.
Of course none of that matters to Doomguy. He's not worried about wrath or fury or fire. Like Michael Myers he just keeps on coming, and like the Terminator, he annihilates anything in his path.
Doom Eternal looks to be 2019's top shooter and launches on November 22, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.
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Developed by id Software, DOOM® Eternal™ is the direct sequel to DOOM®, winner of The Game Awards' Best Action Game of 2016. Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power as you rip-and-tear your way across dimensions with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat. Powered by idTech 7 and set to an all-new pulse-pounding soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon, DOOM Eternal puts you in control of the unstoppable DOOM Slayer as you blow apart new and classic demons with powerful weapons in unbelievable and never-before-seen worlds.
As the DOOM Slayer, you return to find Earth has suffered a demonic invasion. Raze Hell and discover the Slayer's origins and his enduring mission to rip and tear...until it is done.
Slayer Threat Level at Maximum
Gain access to the latest demon-killing tech with the DOOM Slayer's advanced Praetor Suit, including a shoulder-mounted flamethrower and the retractable wrist-mounted DOOM Blade. Upgraded guns and mods, such as the Super Shotgun's new distance-closing Meat Hook attachment, and abilities like the Double Dash make you faster, stronger, and more versatile than ever.
You can't kill demons when you're dead, and you can't stay alive without resources. Take what you need from your enemies: Glory kill for extra health, incinerate for armor, and chainsaw demons to stock up on ammo. These tools are the key to your survival and becoming the ultimate demon-slayer.
A New Class of (Destructible) Demon
Obliterate more demons than ever before, each with unique attacks and abilities. Fan-favorite classics such as the Pain Elemental, Archvile, and Arachnotron make their return, while a horde of totally-new demons join the roster including the DOOM Hunter, Marauder, and the Gladiator. Rip apart your favorite demons to the core with DOOM Eternal's "destructible demons" system and take your power fantasy to new levels.
Demonic Invasion Detected
As the Slayer, allow other players to invade your campaign as demons for a dramatic and unpredictable twist anytime you're playing the campaign. Or be a demon and invade other players' campaigns either by yourself or with someone else to give the Slayer a true taste of Hell.
BATTLEMODE is the new 2 versus 1 multiplayer experience built from the ground up at id Software. A fully-armed DOOM Slayer faces off against two player-controlled demons, duking it out over three rounds of intense first-person combat. More details coming soon!
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