Despite developers and publishers across the board pledging continued support for last-generation consoles, there are still some clear downsides to arrivingÂ slightly later to the next-gen party. While issues such as exclusive next-gen-only games are apparent (or even prolonged last-gen releases in Titanfallâ€™s case) other cases where being a PS3 and/or Xbox 360 only playerÂ puts you at a disadvantage havenâ€™t been in the limelight – in fact, it’s been quite the opposite when it comes to some basic console features (media support and external storage, anyone?). But with the DOOMÂ (4?)Â beta now announced to be avoiding PS3 and Xbox 360, the cons are becoming clear.
An update to the DOOM FAQ (frequently asked questions) page on the Wolfenstein: The New OrderÂ website signaled a rather sneaky move by developer Bethesda to get the news out, but last-gen fans of the longstanding shooter series will be disappointed to know that there will be no DOOM beta on PS3 or Xbox 360 whatsoever. Indeed, the codes for the DOOM beta that are set to be provided in pre-orders of the Nazi blaster will be for PS4 or Xbox One if you pre-order the game on a PlayStation or Xbox platform, respectively, so this will at least serve as a small consolation prize for those who havenâ€™t yet bought themselves a next-gen console but plan to ahead of Wolfensteinâ€™s May release date.
The need to pre-order WolfensteinÂ to gain access to the DOOM beta was further prioritized by the FAQ as it states that the only way to guarantee access to the beta is by pre-ordering a copy of The New OrderÂ and following through with the transaction. However, while this is being stated as a â€˜guaranteeâ€™, users who choose to pre-order Wolfenstein via digital retailers may find themselves without a code as deals have yet to be worked out with Valve, Sony and Microsoft for Steam, PSN and XBL (respectively) just yet.
Bethesda also added this statement to the Wolfenstein FAQ to explain just where customers who choose to go the digital pre-order route stand:
â€œOther digital retailersâ€™ processes and/or participation may vary. We suggest contacting your preferred retailer directly for additional information.â€
Itâ€™s not exactly practical for Wolfenstein and DOOM fans to get in touch with the retailer (read: it’s ridiculous and unnecessarily unclear), be it Valve, Sony or Microsoft, and it seems that neither or these companies or any other digital retailer involved in the DOOM beta key scheme have released a statement to announce their beta key plans but weâ€™ll keep you updated on the story once we know more.
Is this confirmation thatÂ Doom 4 is being built for next-gen only (current gen) platforms?
Wolfenstein: The New OrderÂ releases May 20th in North America and May 23rd in Europe for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC.
Source: Wolfenstein FAQ