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Are These Really Doom 4 Screenshots?

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.

  • Awesome...but we have to be able to go into the buildings!
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  • eklipz330
    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
    I was so disappointed in Doom 3 that I have almost no hope for Doom 4.
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  • qwed88
    Looks like concept images to me.
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  • cyprod
    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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  • tomc100
    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.
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  • oasiz
    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
    Looks like cheap oil paintings used in cheap C grade post apocalyptic movies. :P
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  • thomaseron
    The graphics isn't THAT impressive.
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  • marose
    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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