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DOOM Eternal's director thought about making a female DOOM Slayer

The future of DOOM?

DOOM Eternal carries on from DOOM (2016) with the same protagonist, but the team behind the game were heavily considering taking things in another direction. In an interview with Bethesda's community manager, Doom Eternal director Hugo Martin mentions that there was a lot of thought about a female DOOM Slayer.

“I’ve thought about it, actually. I think if we did it, I’d want it to be lethal. I think it’s interesting how it would impact the glory kills, the kind of weapons that she would have, the fighting style. All aggression, absolutely, but a different type of aggression. I would really strive to allow it to impact the gameplay in a way that was meaningful. I’ve definitely put a lot of thought into that. How would that affect things? What sort of analogies could you draw from that and allow that to influence the experience? It definitely would be cool.”

Obviously the female direction didn't happen, but it sounds like an idea the team would love to explore going forward. We'll just have to hang back for the inevitable DOOM Eternal follow-up to see what happens.

Panic Button explains the decision to cap DOOM Eternal's cut-scenes at 20fps, plans to improve performance in the future

DOOMing what you've gotta DOOM

DOOM Eternal really does some impressive stuff on the Switch, but obviously, there's some concessions that had to be made. One of the most notable downgrades comes from the cut-scenes, which are capped at 20fps. In an interview with Digital Foundry, Panic Button lead engineer Travis Archer explains that decision, and also says that they're working to improve things going forward.

“As is typical of most games, the cutscenes are sometimes the most graphically intensive scenes in the game – lots of dynamic lights, lots of shadows, lots of animated complex geometry on screen, and so in this case, the importance to us was not losing that detail for the cutscenes. It’s kind of like a big payoff moment. It’s supposed to look really cool, and we decided it was better to run at a higher resolution in this case because it didn’t affect the gameplay – it doesn’t impact your ability to fluidly move around the game when you’re in the middle of a cutscene. It was less critical.

Now in terms of the end result, I think there are still improvements we can make towards those cutscenes, and we do intend to make some improvements to the cutscenes to improve the performance of those. But that was the decision mostly based on how high the quality bar is for those scenes.”

Digital Foundry talks to id Software and Panic Button about the challenge of bringing DOOM Eternal to Switch

The making of an impossible port

I've said a few times now that I believe DOOM Eternal to be the most impressive port for the Switch. Technically the game isn't a port, as a Switch version of the game was planned from day one with the other versions. Still though, a ton of work and special tweaks had to go into making it work on Switch. The end result was seriously impressive, and that's thanks to the work and direction of both id Software and Panic Button. You can hear how they managed to pull off this massive achievement in the video above.

Digital Foundry - DOOM Eternal Switch port analysis

Pushing Switch to its limits

Join John Linneman for a deep dive into the remarkable Switch conversion of Doom Eternal, brought to us by the highly talented Panic Button. It's the most ambitious idTech port yet for the Nintendo console hybrid, and it's also the most performant! But has too much been cut from the game to make it viable?

Official DOOM Twitter account celebrates 2021 with DOOM Guy and Animal Crossing's Isabelle

Power couple

2020 brought us new installments in the DOOM and Animal Crossing franchises. You might remember that DOOM Eternal launched on PS4/XB1/PC the very same day that Animal Crossing: New Horizons came to Switch. That led to weeks and weeks of fan-art from DOOM and Animal Crossing fans that saw both DOOM Guy and Isabelle become the best of friends. Many fans haven't forgotten the new-found friendship, and it seems the gang behind DOOM hasn't either.

The official DOOM account kicked off 2021 by showcasing DOOM Guy and Isabelle hanging out once more, this time in their Nendoroid form. The might have seemed like the unlikeliest of friends at first, but the juxtaposition makes the duo that much more enjoyable!

id promises multiple content updates for DOOM Eternal in 2021, including Switch campaign expansions and more

2021 is DOOMed

DOOM Eternal finally landed on Switch this month, giving Nintendo fans a chance to rip and tear their way through DOOMslayer's latest adventure. While there's plenty of content to enjoy, id is already cooking up even more for next year. Improvements, bug fixes, content expansions, and much more are on the way. See what id has in store via their message below.

IGN Video - DOOM Eternal Graphics Comparison: Switch vs. Xbox Series X

Want yet another look at how DOOM Eternal on the Switch compares to other versions? Check out the video from IGN above, which puts the Switch version side-by-side with the game on Xbox Series X.

Check out some handheld gameplay for DOOM Eternal

We've seen plenty of gameplay footage from the docked version of DOOM Eternal, but what about the handheld side of things? The video above shows off how the Switch handles the game when not connected to a TV.

Save humanity from demons in DOOM Eternal, available now on Switch

Eternally yours today

Its been a long-time coming, but the day is finally here. DOOM Eternal has made its way to Switch, and it's ready to rip and tear its way to your heart. Check out the official press release for DOOM Eternal's launch below.

Warning: the Slayer has entered the facility!

Rip and tear anytime, anywhere in DOOM Eternal, available now for the Nintendo Switch™ system. Become the Slayer and conquer demons across dimensions to stop the final destruction of humanity.

Gear up and show these demons what you—and they—are made of!

Features

Move fast and think faster in adrenaline-pumping action. Harness the full power of the DOOM Slayer to slay your way through the demonic hordes. Master a shoulder-mounted flamethrower, retractable wrist-mounted blade, upgraded guns and mods, and abilities.

Demons have what you need to keep fighting—so go and get it. Low on health? Unleash a Glory Kill to recover health. Strapped for armor? Set your enemies ablaze with the Flame Belch to stock up. Need some ammo? Bust out that Chainsaw and cut down the hordes of Hell.

Use Motion Aiming to immerse yourself in the action using motion controls, allowing for precise aiming.

Test your skill in BATTLEMODE, a 2 vs. 1 online* multiplayer experience. A fully-armed DOOM Slayer faces off against two player-controlled demons, fighting it out in a best-of-five round match.

Discover the Slayer’s origins and learn more about his enduring mission to tear asunder the forces of Hell.

DOOM Eternal gameplay round-up



Hell’s armies have invaded Earth. Become the Slayer in an epic single-player campaign to conquer demons across dimensions and stop the final destruction of humanity. The only thing they fear…is you.

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