One fan of Bethesda and id Software's gory first-person shooter, DOOM, finds an Easter egg making reference to the action-RPG, Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim.
Although DOOM just released today, one eagle-eyed fan of the brutal shooter has already played through enough of the game's single player campaign to come across an Easter egg that alludes to the fate of the Last Dragon-Born from game publisher Bethesda's incredibly successful action-RPG, The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim. Of course, with DOOM being set in what developer id Software would essentially consider to be Hell, the outcome for the Dragon-Born is not a pretty one.
The discovery was made by Richard Verweij, a gaming journalist for the Netherlands-based video game press outlet XGN, who also went on to unearth the secret of DOOM having a concealed area that allows fans to play through environments that give props to the first version of the shooter, which was previously revealed to IGN by id Software's Executive Producer Marty Stratton and Creative Director Hugo Martin. Upon finding the Easter eggs, Verweij took to his Twitter account to share it with the fine folks over at VG 24/7.
As seen in the tweet below, Skyrim's main character is definitely looking worse for wear in DOOM, as it's just the protagonist's skeleton wearing the iconic Dragon-Born helmet from Bethesda's fantasy title. Plus, regarding the other photos, it's quite interesting to see the stark contrast between the incredible detail of the graphics for the shotgun held by DOOM's Marine and the low-resolution visuals from environments for the earliest iteration of the shooter.
Bethesda Softworks has a history of placing hidden, self-referential trinkets in its games, as Wolfenstein: The Old Blood contains Easter eggs for Fallout, Skyrim, and the original DOOM. Not to mention, the studio's popular post-apocalyptic franchise and its medieval-themed fantasy epic series are intertwined by an Easter egg, as Fallout 4 and Elder Scrolls both have Nirnroot plants in-game.
Taking all of this into account, there's an extremely high likelihood that the Skyrim homage found in DOOM is far from the last Easter egg to have been built into the game. Considering the fact that id Software's reboot of the series has only been available to the public for less than 24 hours at this point, we will probably see even more secrets come to light in the coming days.
What did you think about the Skyrim Easter egg and throwback levels found in DOOM? Have you found anything unusual or noteworthy within the game? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
DOOM is out now and is available for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.