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DOOM Eternal Preload and Unlock Times

When is the DOOM Eternal preload and unlock times? Gamers are looking forward to playing this upcoming first-person shooter from iD Software and Bethesda  Softworks, and surely some of us are going to be staying up late to get started on DOOM Eternal right away. We’ve got the information you need to know about every platform!

When  Can I Start the DOOM Eternal Preload?

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The first important bit of information about the DOOM Eternal preload and unlock times is when you can start downloading the game before you play it!

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Unfortunately, each platform has a different situation according to Bethesda, so let’s break it down for each platform.

DOOM Eternal PS4 Preload

PS4 players will be able to start pre-loading DOOM Eternal 48 hours before it launches on March 20, 2020 — so you should expect pre-loading to go live sometime on March 18.

DOOM Eternal PC Preload

Just like the PS4, PC players can start their preload sometime on March 18, 2020 — 48 hours before the March 20, 2020, release date. This applies for both the Steam and Bethesda.net versions.

DOOM Eternal Xbox One Preload

Good news, Xbox gamers! You can start your DOOM Eternal preload right now!

DOOM Eternal Stadia Preload

There’s no information on a Stadia pre-load since you’re going to be streaming the game from Google’s servers anyway.

DOOM Eternal Nintendo Switch Preload

Unfortunately, there is no information on a Nintendo Switch preload. The game has not yet been announced for that platform.

DOOM Eternal Unlock Times | When can I play DOOM Eternal?

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Now that we’ve covered the “preload” part of the DOOM Eternal preload and unlock times, let’s get into when you’ll be able to start playing the game! Once again, the Bethesda news post has the answers.

When can I play DOOM Eternal on PS4?

DOOM Eternal will unlock at midnight in your local time zone on March 20, 2020.

North American players can play a little earlier — the game will unlock for that region starting at midnight Eastern Time on March 20, 2020. That means that people in Pacific Time will likely be able to start playing on March 19, 2020, at 10:00 PM.

When can I play DOOM Eternal on PC?

The PC DOOM Eternal unlock time is a little trickier. The blog post breaks it down thus:

  • In AU/NZ/Asia, DOOM Eternal unlocks at 7:01 AM Pacific Time on March 20 (12:01 AM JST)
  • In Europe and rest-of-world, DOOM Eternal unlocks at 4:01 PM Pacific Time on March 20 (12:01 AM GMT)
  • In North and South America, DOOM Eternal unlocks at 9:01 PM Pacific Time on March 20 (12:01 AM EDT)

When can I play DOOM Eternal on Xbox One?

Much like the PS4, the game unlocks at midnight in your time zone for Xbox One with the following exceptions:

  • In North America, DOOM Eternal unlocks at 12:00 AM Eastern on March 20, 2020
  • In Mexico, DOOM Eternal unlocks at 1:00 AM Eastern on March 20, 2020

When can I play DOOM Eternal on Stadia?

Stadia players can get their game on starting at 12:01 AM Eastern Time on March 20, 2020.

When can I play DOOM Eternal on Nintendo Switch?

As stated above, DOOM Eternal has not yet been officially announced for the Nintendo Switch.