One of the pioneers of the FPS genre – Doom – celebrates its 25th anniversary, this year. The original game released in December of 1993. The game went on to define many major aspects of the genre, and also gaming culture. So it only makes sense that the occasion be celebrated by its current developer. Not one to let such an event get by them, Bethesda released a video, not long ago, inviting fans to join the official Doom Fanclub at SlayersClub.com.
The video, itself, is more of a celebration of the Doom franchise than anything. However, the site does go into slightly further detail regarding what to expect. This includes several merch items, for one. But perhaps the biggest draw for fans of the series is the Zombie Doom Slayer skin for the upcoming Doom Eternal. Bethesda announced the new title, earlier this year. And they previewed the first gameplay at QuakeCon, also confirming that it’d come to all major platforms. Fans eager to continue playing in the Doom universe have no need to be concerned with it ending, any time soon. The massive success of the most recent installment of the franchise saw to that if nothing else. For many, it represented a welcome return to form for the genre.
Doom is one of the most storied franchises in gaming, and one of the true juggernauts of gaming culture. The video, alone, lends credence to that idea, showing many moments of fan innovations, streaming clips, and tributes. So it’s not at all unexpected to see that fanbase rather enthusiastic about the new game. Though Bethesda’s recently been in some hot water over other games – particularly Fallout 76 –Doom’s momentum shows no real signs of stopping. But one wonders if fans will honestly get what they’re signing up for, this time, in the wake of that controversy. While the Zombie Doom Slayer skin doesn’t seem likely to flub, the site does promise other exclusive content, rewards, and so-on. So it’s on Bethesda to deliver.