Bethesda has announced that Wolfenstein: The New Order will be launching on Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360 this May. If you pre-order the game, you'll be able to try out the beta version of the next DOOM.
Very little is known about DOOM 4. In fact, we're not even sure of the title. Bethesda simply refers to it as DOOM in today's announcement.
DOOM: We Don't Have A Title Yet has been in development since 2008. Todd Hollenshead, the former CEO of id Software, said it's not a direct sequel to DOOM 3 but it's also not a reboot. He said that way back in 2009, though, so who knows if that's still true.
id Software co-founder John Carmack said in 2012 that the game would support Oculus Rift, the virtual reality headset. Like Hollenshead, though, Carmack has left id so that information might be out-of-date as well. We're left waiting for a game without so much as a name.
But hey, you can get into the beta for the mystery game! Just pre-order Wolfenstein: The New Order. Except you might not actually need to pre-order to try the game out. Bethesda hasn't ruled out an open beta.
"Timing and availability of future beta programs for DOOM is to be determined," reads the FAQ for the DOOM beta. "The only current way to ensure access is through pre-ordering Wolfenstein: The New Order. We will be providing more information on additional beta tests, if any, at a later time."
It's also unclear what platforms the DOOM beta will be held on. Bethesda simply notes that "platform/console restrictions will apply." The "requisite platform/console subscription, timing and territories" still have to be determined as well. It might be more appropriate to say that you're pre-ordering Wolfenstein to get a beta that may not happen on a platform you own or in the country you live in. That's a less convincing sales pitch, though.
Anyway: Wolfenstein: The New Order. This game, the first in the series handled by Machine Games, will launch on May 20th here in North America and on May 23rd in Europe. It looks like an interesting spin on the usual Wolfenstein formula. The Nazis have taken over the world and now have a robot army. Third Reich moon bases and mechs should sell plenty of copies on their own but Bethesda figured the promise of a mystery beta would goose the numbers up even further. They're not wrong.