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New Doom beta access included with Wolfenstein: The New Order pre-orders

by Alice O'Connor, shacknews.com, Feb 19, 2014 7:15AM PST

As fun as Wolfenstein: The New Order looks, the id Software series we're most keen to hear more of is Doom. The vagueness continues. Publisher Bethesda today announced that The New Order will launch on May 20, and pre-ordering will get you access to a beta for "Doom." Which Doom? Doom 4? And what's the beta? Oh, don't worry your pretty little head with all that.

The Wolfenstein site refers merely to "Doom," as if we'll understand that. Yes, we're well aware of what Doom is, but what is this? Bethesda is slightly more verbose on Twitter, at least, saying it's beta access to "the next Doom game." Whatever that may be. One assumes the beta will multiplayer in some form, but that's purely speculation.

The New Order's coming to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and PS3. It's developed by MachineGames, a studio formed by Starbreeze founder Magnus Hogdahl and several other Starbreeze folks.

"Running and gunning and killing Nazis are the essence of the franchise, and MachineGames so far has done an admirable job of paying tribute to the id games of yore," we wrote after seeing it in May, though we were a little more sceptical of its attempts at a story. Catch a glimpse of that story stuff in this new trailer, released today to celebrate all the news: