Doom Multiplayer Alpha Video Features Bloody Gameplay

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Bethesda releases a fresh trailer featuring footage from Doom’s forthcoming closed multiplayer alpha test, showcasing the mode’s graphic, gore-soaked gameplay.

id Software’s new Doom will be playable by way of a closed alpha this weekend, so today, Bethesda has posted a clip of in-game materials from the upcoming multiplayer test in order for fans to get a good feel as to what might be included. As seen below, the Doom video begins with the reboot’s Executive Producer, Marty Stratton, laying the groundwork for what viewers and participants should expect—that is, due to it being an alpha, nothing experienced will necessarily be indicative of the final product at all.

After Stratton’s preamble, what follows in the alpha trailer are snippets from a bloody and fast-paced Doom team deathmatch. The featured gameplay shows off weapons such as the rocket launcher, plasma rifle, static cannon, super shotgun, vortex rifle, and the gauss cannon. Additionally, the footage highlights the first-person shooter’s gruesome melee kills, as well as power-ups like quad-damage and invisibility.

Fans also get a peek at what it’s like to use a Demon Rune to spawn into one of Doom‘s many monsters. In this instance, the player morphs into the dual-rocket launcher wielding Revenant, leaping and blasting its way throughout the map.

Doom‘s multiplayer alpha officially begins tomorrow across the PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on October 23, 12:01 AM EDT, and is supposed to run through Sunday, October 25, 11:59 PM EDT. As previously reported, fans partaking in the test will play 6v6 team deathmatches on a map known as Heatwave, and it should include the aforementioned weapons featured in today’s video.

Those wishing to register for the alpha will need to have pre-ordered or bought Wolfenstein: The New Order on or before May 24, 2014 to get into the Doom beta and then sign up at the game’s official website. However, having completed those steps won’t automatically ensure fans’ inclusion in the alpha, as only a limited number of players will be selected by id Software.


With the gaming world being saturated with FPS titles, it’s obvious that Doom will have to prove itself so as to not only stand out as an innovator, but also remind fans why it’s considered to be “the grandaddy of first-person shooters”. In fact, since early development of the game felt too much like Call of Duty, initial work on the title was scrapped, leading to the version being shown now.

Fortunately, one element that a lot of other shooting franchises can’t pull off quite like Doom is the willingness to embrace over-the top guts and gore, and id Software’s reboot is definitely replete with bloodshed. And considering the footage displayed in today’s multiplayer alpha trailer, it seems as if the studio is already on the right track, as it balances classic components of the original game such as nearly non-stop movement with new, upgraded sensibilities.

Doom is primed for release sometime during Spring 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Source: Bethesda Softworks