Doom Eternal release date delayed to March 2020

Bad news for fans of slaying demons: A decision has been made by id Software that has seen the DOOM Eternal release date delayed by almost six months. While fans had been hoping to get their hands on this latest iteration of the classic first-person shooter, it seems like there’s going to be a bit of a wait to play DOOM Eternal.

Why is the DOOM Eternal release date delayed? Well, an announcement made on the game’s official Twitter account has some of the details. Aside from the news of the delay, the announcement also included some highlights about changes coming to the game and when you’ll be able to get the game for each of the platforms it’s launching on.

Doom Eternal Release Date delayed

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Here are the contents of the message in the tweet announcing the delay of DOOM Eternal:

Throughout the development of DOOM Eternal, our goal has been to deliver a game that exceeds your greatest expectations across the board.

To make sure we’re delivering the best experience — for DOOM Eternal to live up to our standards of speed and polish — we’ve made the decision to extend our launch date by a few months to March 20, 2020. We know many fans will be disappointed by this delay, but we are confident that DOOM Eternal will deliver a gaming experience that is worth the wait.

In addition to shifting the DOOM Eternal launch date, we’ve made a couple other changes we wanted you to know about:

• Invasion Mode, which will allow you to enter another player’s game as a playable demon, will release as a free update shortly after launch.

• DOOM Eternal for Nintendo Switch will release after the other platforms. We will announce that date in the future.

• DOOM 64 will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC in addition to Nintendo Switch. We are adding DOOM 64 as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal on all platforms so you’ll be able to download and play this classic game, for free, just for pre-ordering DOOM Eternal. DOOM 64 will be released on March 20, 2020[,] on all platforms.

We are grateful to every DOOM fan for your dedication and support — we can’t wait to rip-and-tear right alongside you.

Although some might be sad to see the DOOM Eternal release date delayed to March 2020 (and the Switch version delayed even further than that), this will ensure that the developers have the time they need to do it right. You’ll be able to rip-and-tear your way across space when DOOM Eternal launches for the PC, PS4, and Xbox One on March 20, 2020.