When I saw the news today that iD will be releasing "Doom 3 BFG Edition" I was extremely excited. Few games get the "HD/re-release" treatment and I just didn't figure Doom 3 would be one of the lucky few games that get it. Add in the Doom 3 expansion, the original Doom and Doom 2 and new content and my mind was blown.

But enough of my hyperventilating nerdery, here are some words from the masters of doom themselves:

"A number of companies have done these 'retro projects,'" says Willits, using the company's code name for Doom BFG, "but we're trying to do something with new content. We have all the games. We tried to make the offering the best we can."

Doom 3 BFG Edition will be the final say in Doom content to date. The package will include Doom, Doom 2, Doom 3, Doom 3: Resurrection of Evil and a brand-new, "lost" mission for Doom 3 with seven new levels, a new boss and two-to-three hours of content."

Doom BFG Edition will be released on the PS3, Xbox 360 and PC and I will get it the second it drops. Owning all the games and the new content sounds awesome. I can't say enough about how great Doom 3 really was and this is a change that people can get it in a more modern format.

More from the article:

"Also, it will be available on PlayStation 3, which marks the first time in history that the original Doom will be available on a PlayStation platform. (While a version of the game was released for PlayStation, its levels were modified from the PC version and some were missing entirely.)

But perhaps most importantly, Xbox 360 players will be able to use their flashlight and gun at the same time, something that was not possible when the game was originally ported to the console, and which fans let id know was a problem."

And finally:

"I ask again if it is also a sign that Doom 4 is coming soon, and Willits just smiles."

Seems like a great plan. Step 1: release all old Doom games into modern awesome sweet package. Step 2: Doom 4.

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http://www.theverge.com/gaming/2012/5/30/3051918/doom-bfg-edition-details

Travis   Admin wrote on 05/31/2012 at 01:03pm

Can I just say, I am stoked for this. Not only the updated Doom 3, but that they're releasing them all in one pack, playable on all three platforms.

I'm *hoping* that there are some significant improvements for Doom and Doom 2, so it doesn't just launch DosBox to load it. Porting the engine to modern platforms, whether you touch the models and textures or not, would be amazing. Doom95 was fantastic for 95/98, but it is unusable now. There have been some open source attempts (and successes) to get a new and improved engine going for the games, but I'd like to see it come from id.

Other things this leaves me hopeful for:
1. id is not dead.
2. Doom 4 soon, maybe?

jdodson   Admin   Post Author wrote on 06/01/2012 at 02:14am

I was kind of fearful for iD after Rage and they said all is well but you never know how that sort of thing shakes out so yeah, iD is not dead! WOOO!

Can't imagine that when I boot this on my PS3 a DOS Window will show up but it may be under the covers in some kind of seamless way? I don't know and if the experience is good, doesn't matter to me much. If Carmack is on it a native port seems reasonable to imagine.

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