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'Doom' Closed Alpha Runs October 23-25

There hasn't been too much news from id Software regarding the next Doom game since its public showing at E3. However, the developers are moving to continue to make progress in its development, to the point where the closed alpha multiplayer tests are starting soon. In fact, it starts on October 23, 12:01 am EDT and runs until October 25, 11:59 pm EDT.

The weekend session features a limited amount of gameplay, mainly because the purpose of the test is to receive early data on how players connect to the game's servers and how the overall system handles the small number of players before the beta in 2016.

In fact, there's only one gameplay mode (six-versus-six team deathmatch), one map (Heatwave), and only six weapons and two equipment items. In addition, the map has a few power-ups in the area such as the Demon Rune, which turns the player into a terrifying Revenant complete with the rocket launchers and jetpack; the one-shot kill Gauss Cannon; and Quad Damage and Invincibility boosts. Obviously, all of these extra goodies have a limited time use.

If you don't want to wait until 2016 to try out the game before release, there's a chance you might be eligible for the alpha test if you bought or pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order before or on May 26, 2014. The Doom beta code received along with the game not only guarantees access to the beta, but it also throws your name in the ring for a shot at joining a select few for the first rounds of tests for Doom's multiplayer experience.


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  • dstarr3
    Boy, I wish I'd bought Wolfenstein sooner.
  • jimmysmitty
    16824008 said:
    Boy, I wish I'd bought Wolfenstein sooner.

    You had to pre-order it to get access to the Beta of the next Doom.

    I will have to check my copy to see if the Beta codes have been sent through. They never came on the Steam version so I assume they should be sending them out to the Steam accounts that pre-ordered it. Will be interesting to see how Bethesda follows up Doom 3.
  • dstarr3
    16824936 said:
    Will be interesting to see how Bethesda follows up Doom 3.

    With games like Wolfenstein and the Shadow Warrior reboot, FPS is making such a strong comeback in incredible form. I'm really hoping the new Doom continues the trend. And a new Quake in the new couple years would be lovely, as well.
  • cats_Paw
    So.... somehow companies conned ppl to pre-order games to have the privilege to test games for them.
  • crysex
    This feels like Unreal Tournament III + Alien monster mode. We have way too much FPS game nowdays.