Doom: The Dark Ages Goes All Medieval in 2025

Doom The Dark Ages: A close-up of the Doom Slayer holding a shield with fire behind him.

Ever since the reboot in 2016, Doom has been keeping its head above the FPS waters. Going against such heavyweights as Call of Duty and Destiny, id Software’s iconic series keeps coming back for more. Fans will be pleased to know that the latest installment – The Dark Ages – has revealed its first trailer and launch window.

Releasing sometime in 2025, the new Doom will be turning the clock back, taking us to the Middle Ages for a chance to see how it all began. The trailer delivers exactly what you’d expect: brutal and bloody carnage, scores of hell-beasts, gun barrels the thickness of a tree trunk. It’s all there, except gone is the sci-fi setting, choosing instead to set the game in a medieval period.

So it looks as though we’re going to get to see the origin of the Doom Slayer, the unstoppable killing machine that’s been smiting demons for the better part of 30 years.

It says something about a series that’s managed to remain relevant and keep scoring big hits for over three decades. The original – released all the way back in 1993 – has gone down as one of the most influential shooters of all time. Sure, maybe it didn’t start the genre. But it could easily be argued that it was the blueprint for FPS games at a time when PC gaming was still fairly new.

Both Doom (2016) and Eternal have represented a triumphant return to form for the franchise, especially after a long hiatus from the rather dividing Doom 3, which adopted more of a horror approach (personally, I liked it). We also very nearly got a fourth game that was shaping up to be more of CoD-like.

And here we are, with The Dark Ages on the horizon. We don’t know exactly when it’s dropping, but we do know it’s releasing for PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X|S. It’s even coming to Game Pass.

Check out the trailer below.

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