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Are These Really Doom 4 Screenshots?

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Along with a slight scare that Doom 4 was canceled (it's not), a batch of screenshots appeared depicting a possible "hell on earth" scenario.

Earlier Tuesday morning, AGB claimed that Doom 4 was canceled while also sporting eighteen screenshots from the supposed nuked game. Since then, Bethesda has squashed the rumor, assuring fans that the fourth Doom installment is still in progress. But what Bethesda didn't do was confirm or deny the Doom 4 screenshots.

The last really big news we've heard about Doom 4 was during QuakeCon 2011. John Carmack said the game will be using a new scripting language called "super-script" that's based on C++, otherwise, he had nothing else to report given that the team was focused on getting Rage, id Software's first original IP since it introduced Quake back in 1996, out the door. Following the event, the new FPS finally shipped in October 2011 using the studio's new engine, id Tech 5.

Now rewind back to E3 2011 last June. During the show, Carmack said the Rage team consisted of around eighteen programmers, and that the core tech team would be moved over to help the Doom 4 team -- which at the time consisted of a dozen programmers -- get the game quickly out on the market. Given that the engine is now solid and the team isn't working on both a new engine and a new game simultaneously, Doom 4 wouldn't take quite as long to develop as Rage.

But given that Doom 4 also runs on the id Tech 5 engine, the supposed "leaked" screenshots look more like a Rage expansion pack depicting a different perspective of the events surrounding the Apophis asteroid impact and thereafter. But several shots also seemingly depict a portal opening in earth's atmosphere, releasing what looks to be hell on earth, destroying a local metropolitan area.

That said, previous rumors have indicated that Doom 4 would be a remake of an earlier installment (Doom 2?), or possibly a prequel to Doom 3. However, Todd Hollenshead suggested that it will take place on Earth, thus backing up what we're seeing in the screenshots. The new Doom installment will also reportedly feature gameplay more in tune with the original DOS-based versions instead of the slow-paced Doom 3.

So are these screens legit? As we said, they seemingly match the hell on earth scenario. You decide. The entire batch can be seen here.

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    jhansonxi , February 29, 2012 5:03 AM
    At least on Earth we have duct tape. No excuse for having to toggle between the flashlight or something combat effective.
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    eklipz330 , February 29, 2012 3:08 AM
    i dont think this doom will be leaps and bounds better than the third one... ever since the 10 yr life cycle was announced for consoles, they've been holding back innovation...
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    oasiz , February 29, 2012 3:57 AM
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    They need to drop megatextures and use hi-res textures and also add tessellation and other features of dx11.1. Opengl doesn't cut it anymore.

    You do understand that the GPU is capable and so is the openGL API?
    Features aren't exclusive to directx11.1. You can still do pretty much everything with openGL, heck, even some older cards can pull off stuff that isn't "directX version y ready" because the GPU happens to support that tech. DirectX is still just an API and when it comes to tech, it's just an good buzzword to promote certain feature sets but it doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't supported. :) 
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    Anonymous , February 29, 2012 3:07 AM
    Awesome...but we have to be able to go into the buildings!
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    eklipz330 , February 29, 2012 3:08 AM
    i dont think this doom will be leaps and bounds better than the third one... ever since the 10 yr life cycle was announced for consoles, they've been holding back innovation...
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    SmileyTPB1 , February 29, 2012 3:12 AM
    I was so disappointed in Doom 3 that I have almost no hope for Doom 4.
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    qwed88 , February 29, 2012 3:19 AM
    Looks like concept images to me.
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    cyprod , February 29, 2012 3:22 AM
    Nah, couldn't be doom 4 screenshots or even concept art. There's colors other than black, and that just doesn't fit with the doom 3 color scheme.
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    oasiz , February 29, 2012 3:57 AM
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    They need to drop megatextures and use hi-res textures and also add tessellation and other features of dx11.1. Opengl doesn't cut it anymore.

    You do understand that the GPU is capable and so is the openGL API?
    Features aren't exclusive to directx11.1. You can still do pretty much everything with openGL, heck, even some older cards can pull off stuff that isn't "directX version y ready" because the GPU happens to support that tech. DirectX is still just an API and when it comes to tech, it's just an good buzzword to promote certain feature sets but it doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't supported. :) 
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    gaborbarla , February 29, 2012 4:22 AM
    Looks like cheap oil paintings used in cheap C grade post apocalyptic movies. :p 
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    thomaseron , February 29, 2012 4:43 AM
    The graphics isn't THAT impressive.
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    marose , February 29, 2012 4:44 AM
    lol. Imagine playing this game on a LG OLED TV. It has infinite contrast ratio so the blood will definitely look 500 x more gorey. I can't wait till someone does a gaming review on it.
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    jhansonxi , February 29, 2012 5:03 AM
    At least on Earth we have duct tape. No excuse for having to toggle between the flashlight or something combat effective.
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    raven2510 , February 29, 2012 5:10 AM
    jhansonxiAt least on Earth we have duct tape. No excuse for having to toggle between the flashlight or something combat effective.

    Right? That was the worst part in Doom 3. Future tech, on Mars, Portal to Hell...No Duct Tape.
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    tomfreak , February 29, 2012 5:29 AM
    I hope is not just another medium req with average graphic quality like RAGE. People have been running 7970 Crossfire, give them a Super eye candy graphic game that run @ only 60fps outside 2560x1600x8xAA resolution. With the exception of Battlfield 3, all of the games recently have medicore graphics and arent pushing the limit of a desktop PC like Doom3/quake3/Crysis 1.

    Infact my heavily modded crysis 1 still look better than battlfield 3. Yes it look soo beautiful that my single GTX570 @ 45 fps @ 1680x1050px0xAA only. A 5yrs old game that is still a champion on photo realistic graphic? Come on....this is riduculous.
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    alidan , February 29, 2012 5:56 AM
    oasizYou do understand that the GPU is capable and so is the openGL API?Features aren't exclusive to directx11.1. You can still do pretty much everything with openGL, heck, even some older cards can pull off stuff that isn't "directX version y ready" because the GPU happens to support that tech. DirectX is still just an API and when it comes to tech, it's just an good buzzword to promote certain feature sets but it doesn't necessarily mean that it isn't supported.


    opengl > dx11

    jhansonxiAt least on Earth we have duct tape. No excuse for having to toggle between the flashlight or something combat effective.


    when doom 3 was eairly development, the lighting tech for the flashlight was already hard on the gpus, thats why it was one at a time... but by the time doom 3 came out, gpus could easily handle it... no idea why they didnt modify their games a bit before it came out though...

    TomfreakI hope is not just another medium req with average graphic quality like RAGE. People have been running 7970 Crossfire, give them a Super eye candy graphic game that run @ only 60fps outside 2560x1600x8xAA resolution. With the exception of Battlfield 3, all of the games recently have medicore graphics and arent pushing the limit of a desktop PC like Doom3/quake3/Crysis 1.Infact my heavily modded crysis 1 still look better than battlfield 3. Yes it look soo beautiful that my single GTX570 @ 45 fps @ 1680x1050px0xAA only. A 5yrs old game that is still a champion on photo realistic graphic? Come on....this is riduculous.


    and it has such a horrible engine that it artificially makes the game run worse than it should.
    games like crysis should not exist... building for future tech and makeing the gpu brute force things just isnt the way it should ever be dont.

    ooo eye candy... yay, game must be great... sadly good graphics =/= good game.

    i would rather have ps2 level poly counts, and high res textures than be forced to spend 700$ on upgrading my computer so i can see a pretty game.

    i love that consoles "hold graphics back" for two reason, 1, it makes people who have to have the best looking games possible squirm, and two, it already costs to much to make a game, and most of that cost is in the graphics side, id rather games be cheaper than higher than 60$
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    tlmck , February 29, 2012 6:00 AM
    One can only hope it comes out. I just cannot handle another bad kiddie console port.
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    theuniquegamer , February 29, 2012 6:08 AM
    I am still waiting for HL 3 or episode 3 , Quake 5 and Doom 4 like games
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    DSpider , February 29, 2012 6:18 AM
    jhansonxiAt least on Earth we have duct tape. No excuse for having to toggle between the flashlight or something combat effective.

    Speak for yourself. I loved to bash zombies over the head with it. Loved it.

    TomfreakI hope is not just another medium req with average graphic quality like RAGE. People have been running 7970 Crossfire, give them a Super eye candy graphic game that run @ only 60fps outside 2560x1600x8xAA resolution.

    You do realize that you're in a terribly small minority, right? At that resolution you don't even need AA. Congratulations on not having anything better to do with your money.
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    Anonymous , February 29, 2012 6:29 AM
    after rage i think it will be better off cancelled
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    brendonmc , February 29, 2012 6:36 AM
    Actually the graphics look awsome. People complain when game developers push the hardware envelope and complain just as much when they don't (Crysis and Crysis 2). Doom 4 is long overdue.
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    kristoffe , February 29, 2012 7:04 AM
    rage looks AMAZING on my pc. 2gb 560ti and a physX 9800 gtx+ 512mb. i7-950 oc'd, 6gb ram. not the fastest or the best but works amazingly for the game.

    this is concept art on top of real renders of poly captures. I am certain that carmack will come out with another great title. small team making great work in my book.
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