Doom Eternal delayed to March 2020, Doom 64 announced for Xbox One

Doom Eternal Baron of Hell
Doom Eternal Baron of Hell (Image credit: Bethesda)

What you need to know

  • Doom Eternal now has a release date of March 20, 2020.
  • The title is a first-person shooter with plenty of gore.
  • The team delayed the game to polish up the experience.
  • You can preorder the game for $60 at Amazon (opens in new tab).

Doom Eternal is an upcoming first-person shooter that continues the story of the reboot. It looks absolutely spectacular on Xbox One X and should provide plenty of single-player and multiplayer enjoyment. In addition to Xbox One, Doom Eternal should be available on PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch. It was also announced for Google Stadia a few months ago.

Unfortunately, the game has been delayed for all platforms, with the Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 versions launching on March 20, 2020 now. You can read a statement from the developer below.

Throughout the development of Doom Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board. To make sure we're delivering the best experience — for Doom Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish — we've made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020. We know many fans will be disappointed by this delay, but we are confident that Doom Eternal will deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait. In addition to shifting the Doom Eternal launch date, we've made a couple of other changes we wanted you to know about.

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You can read about the new additions below.

  • Invasion Mode: Invasion Mode allows you to enter another player's game as a playable demon. This will be a free update shortly after launch.
  • Doom Eternal for Nintendo Switch: The port will release after the other platforms. There's no concrete release date yet.
  • Doom 64: Doom 64 is coming to Xbox One, PC, and PlayStation 4 in addition to Nintendo Switch. It's going to be a preorder bonus.

Curiously enough, Google Stadia was absent from the statement. We reached out to Bethesda for clarification, and a spokesperson for the company said that contrary to what Google said, no release date was ever announced for Doom Eternal on Stadia, so it wasn't a launch title. They had nothing else to share at this time.

What do you think of the delay? Which platform are you going to play on? Let us know. The game is Xbox One X Enhanced and seems to utilize dynamic resolution on the system. This means that the resolution can fluctuate from 4K to a lower value, but the frame rate is locked to 60 frames per second.

Related: Our full DOOM Eternal Xbox One review

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Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.

6 Comments
  • Disappointed, but I have enough to play this fall that a spring release is not a deal breaker. Cool to see Doom 64 get a xbox release. I haven't played that game for a good 20 years now, where I played it on the n64 back then. I look forward to revisiting that title now as well. Bonus is its a preorder bonus. Happy not to pre order yet, 8 usually do so for a game the week or a few days prior to release if I know I'm buying the game to get the addins. Looking forward to both titles. Current gen Doom was a blast and Eternal looks great as a follow up.
  • THANK YOU!!!!! This is how it's supposed to be done. Do not release it until it's ready. I am more than happy to wait for a finished product instead of receiving a broken one with the promise of fixes. I do not pre-order games, but if I ever felt the need to do so it would be from a company that does exactly this.
  • Go ahead and delay it, please. WAYYYYYY TO MANY GAMES RELEASING!!!
  • Agreed, and what am I playing every night at the moment, Neverwinter, a grindy game with no foreseeable end. And the games that actually have a definitive conclusion are just gathering dust.
  • I hear you. RDR2 took me about 6 months to fully finish all achievements in. The sad part is I still felt like I could play another 3, but I was ready to be done. Just the Game Pass adds are now too much. I was going to do Tomb Raider, but Metro took priority, now they released Dishonored 2! On top of that we have The Outer Worlds coming at the end of the month. At the same time there are so many great indie games to play (Hallow Knight, Bloodstained) Good thing Cyber Punk is next year!
  • I have about 400 XBOX games total, including XBOX, 360, XBOne and One X. I have a damn Excel sheet to keep up with them all and what I've played and completed. I don't think I've even hit 30% of my games completed. I still have OG XBOX games that still haven't been touched and need to be played. I am in absolutely no hurry for games to be released. The upside to this is that I don't have to be disappointed by getting a crappy game when it comes out because by the time I end up getting it, it has been out for a while and I know if it's any good or not from everyone else. I also get them a lot cheaper that way. Did I mention I only buy used games as well? Even more savings, Win win win.