Bethesda's been very stingy with gameplay footage from the next DOOM over the past years. However, today they gave us a short glimpse at the new shooter in action.
The video is just a mere 11 seconds long. That's just enough time to show us a couple lasting images. First, we see a double-barreled shotgun being loaded. The "super shotgun" was a memorable weapon from past games so it's no surprise seeing it return for the new installment.
Then we get a look at one of the game's enemies. It's a demon with two rocket launchers strapped to its shoulders. We don't get to see that enemy meet its end from the shotgun but I'm sure we'll see plenty of killshots in the upcoming reveal.
As the end of the trailer says, Bethesda will present more of DOOM's gameplay during their E3 Showcase. The Showcase, scheduled for June 14th, could also feature other reveals. Fallout 4 and Dishonored 2 are two of the more popular guesses for what they'll show off.
Bethesda showed off 10 minutes of DOOM gameplay footage behind closed doors last summer. Most players, however, only saw the early teaser trailer with a Cyberdemon.
The privately aired footage revealed that the game is a reboot of the series. Like past games, it's a fast-paced shooter with loads of gore. Players can kill enemies with over-the-top finishing moves and use their arms to bypass biometric security doors.
While some traditional features like a lack of reloading are present, the development team has modernized the gameplay as well. The main character sounds much more agile this time around. Early reports of the closed-door reveal said he can double-jump and vault over obstacles.
"We are going to have to prove that this is something that's going to be fun and different that you need to pay attention to," Bethesda PR man Pete Hines said in an interview last year. "That has to be our default position, we can't be: 'It's Doom, of course you're going to play it'. But that just makes us work harder."
In that same interview, Hines likened the DOOM reboot to Wolfenstein: The New Order. It's a new game in a series that's been dormant for so long that players won't give it a "free pass." We'll see if the new DOOM ends up being as successful a revival as The New Order was.
Speaking of The New Order, new copies of that game came with a voucher for Doom's beta test. We don't know anything about that beta yet, though, other than the fact that it's only on new-gen platforms.