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Pre-Order Wolfenstein: The New Order to Get into Doom Beta

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 14 comments

No doubt the DOOM code will drive a lot of Wolfenstein: TNO sales.

Bethesda is pushing sales of Wolfenstein: The New Order boxed editions by placing a special insert inside for those who pre-purchase the game. This insert will include a key code along with code redemption instructions. Once the key code is redeemed, gamers will be registered to participate in the DOOM beta once it begins. You read that right: a DOOM beta!

Unfortunately, the company doesn’t provide any details about the beta, although it will take place sometime after Wolfenstein: The New Order ships in North America on May 20, 2014 and throughout Europe on May 23, 2014.

“We will be providing more information on the specific content and duration of the beta test at a later time,” the company states. “Timing and availability of future beta programs for DOOM is to be determined. 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.”

Mercy what a tease.

DOOM 4 was announced by id Software during QuakeCon 2007. Since then, the game has surfaced for air from time to time to reveal that it’s still alive. The name Bethesda uses in the Wolfenstein press release is interesting in that it has no number, meaning Bethesda may be starting from scratch now that the IP is under a new roof.

The last we heard, Bethesda and id Software dumped three years of progress to redouble their efforts on a new “rebooted” version beginning in 2011. The previous version was a reimagining for the original, classic Doom 2 shooter, hence all the “hell on earth” leaked screenshots back in 2012.

"An earlier version of Doom 4 did not exhibit the quality and excitement that id and Bethesda intend to deliver and that Doom fans worldwide expect," admitted Bethesda’s Pete Hines. "As a result, id refocused its efforts on a new version of Doom 4 that promises to meet the very high expectations everyone has for this game and this franchise. When we’re ready to talk about the Doom 4 id is making, we will let folks know."

Getting back to Wolfenstein: The New Order, the game is currently under development at MachineGames and slated for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PC. Taking place in the 1960s, the game is set in a world where the Nazi’s used advanced technology to win World War II. They now rule the world.

See our E3 2013 preview of Wolfenstein: The New Order.

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    nvllsvm , February 20, 2014 8:33 PM
    From the beta FAQ: "Beta timing and platform options are subject to Bethesda Softworks’ discretion."Why do I feel PC players will get shafted?
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    Martell1977 , February 20, 2014 10:23 PM
    I wont be pre-ordering, but I will be watching and setting money aside for both. The only FPS games I've cared for was Wolenstein 3d, Doom 2 and BF3. (However BF3's campaign was woefully short and I refuse to buy pieces of a game, aka DLC) I will wait for more info on this Wolf game and am kind of excited to see what Doom 4 ends up being. They have a chance to really knock it out of the park, but if they break it into 20 pieces and the first part 60 bucks, I will be skipping it. Which is why I will never buy another Battlefield game again, BF3 was my first of the series and my last.
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    back_by_demand , February 20, 2014 11:46 PM
    Wolfenstein New Order will have a DLC pack called Joy Division
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    Antimatter79 , February 20, 2014 11:47 PM
    Hopefully Doom 4 won't turn out to be a piece of over-hyped shovelware like Duke Nuke Em. I can't recall a game that took so long to make it to launch that was actually good. Also, I still want my $7 back that I spent on Rage. So boring, I couldn't get half way through the tedious campaign.
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    damianrobertjones , February 21, 2014 1:29 AM
    Uhh. I think everyone KNEW what they were going to get with Duke
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    Marcus Wandle , February 21, 2014 4:16 AM
    Buy one buggy game at full price to enable you to play the beta of another. That's what I call a neat bit of trickery.
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    gallovfc , February 21, 2014 4:56 AM
    2013 ??
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    Evolution2001 , February 21, 2014 7:51 AM
    Is anyone concerned that John Carmack is no longer with id Software? I'm wondering if his departure and the "reboot" weren't just coincidenta timing.
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    bison88 , February 21, 2014 9:53 AM
    Uhh. I think everyone KNEW what they were going to get with Duke
    And like Duke, I don't think people are going to fall for this trap when the last time we've heard information about Doom 4 was like...........never?
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    chill1221 , February 21, 2014 10:07 AM
    "Wolfenstein: The New Order ships in North America on May 20, 2013 and throughout Europe on May 23."Oh man did I miss it?!
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    pazuso , February 21, 2014 10:59 AM
    How can Return to Castle Wolfenstein be bettered?
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    The_Cliggster , February 21, 2014 12:10 PM
    Where have you been hiding, Pazuso? On mars? There was a Wolfenstein game released in 2009. Sounds like you missed that one.
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    back_by_demand , February 22, 2014 10:37 AM
    Cliggster, learn to read, he said bettered, not have a sequel
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    The_Cliggster , February 26, 2014 8:47 PM
    Cliggster, learn to read, he said bettered, not have a sequel

    I'm pretty sure I read his comment just fine, however, It seems I may have interpreted it wrong. Thanks for playing tho.