While Bethesda’s E3 2015 press conference was largely dominated by and remembered for Fallout 4, the exciting Doom reboot also managed to turn some heads. The extremely violent gameplay reveal trailer had jaws hitting the floor the world over, as Bethesda offered the world the first glimpses at the brand new Doom campaign.
The new Doom is a game firmly rooted in the tradition of classic shooters, despite enjoying many perks of the new generation, particularly gorgeous graphics that allow for some of the most detailed and horrifically awesome gore in a video game to date. By and large, Doom looked very impressive at E3, but it has now been announced that a feature many assumed to be a virtual guarantee is not included in the game.
Despite the fact that classic Doom titles embraced cooperative gameplay, Marty Stratton of id Software has confirmed to PC Gamer that the new Doom will not have campaign co-op. This time around, the campaign will be a strictly single-player experience, but Stratton did offer hope that sequels could potentially feature co-op.
This lack of co-op is disappointing, but all hope is not yet lost for those yearning to team up with friends to fight the demonic hordes of Doom together. Technically speaking, players can utilize the game’s new SnapMap feature to create their own co-op experiences.
SnapMap is a built-in modding tool that will ship with Doom. SnapMap will allow players to create their own game modes, maps, and experiences, and Marty Stratton claims that by linking together multiple maps in a playlist, players could essentially build their own co-op campaign in Doom to share with the world.
While SnapMap won’t offer a true co-op campaign experience, it’s better than nothing, and it ensures that Doom will have at least some co-op elements to it to along with what is shaping up to be excellent campaign and versus multiplayer modes.
After spending many long years in development hell, fans are eager to jump into a brand new Doom experience, so while the lack of co-op is disappointing, it’s a far better alternative than having Bethesda delay the game just to force it in. Sometimes the lack of co-op can be beneficial to FPS titles, if Wolfenstein: The New Order is any indication, and ultimately, we trust id Software and Bethesda’s judgment on the matter.
In the meantime, development of Doom appears to be going as planned. The game’s multiplayer is getting the closed alpha treatment in the coming months for a lucky chosen few, and then anyone that pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order will be able to access the Doom multiplayer beta at some point in 2016 before the game itself launches. With development apparently going smoothly, hopefully it won’t be too long for us to get our hands on what is shaping to be, co-op or not, one of the most exciting shooters in a long time.
Doom is set for release at some point in 2016 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.
Source: PC Gamer