GAMES FIRM Bethesda has teased fans about a beta of Doom 4, and will release it first to those who order Wolfenstein: The New Order.
A teaser at the end of a video trailer comes just after a man comes into contact with another man and a chainsaw, and it offers the bleakly short message that a Doom Beta is coming and you have to pre-order to get it.
Terms are on display at www.wolfenstein.com/doom. There we read that pre-order copies of the game will include login kit, including a passkey. The game will go on sale on 23 May in the UK on the Playstation 3 (PS3), Playstation 4 (PS4), Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. Codes can be redeemed at the Wolfenstein website.
It is unclear when Doom will come out and when the beta will start. Bethesda said that it is some time away, and advised users that they will be asked what platform they want to play on before the beta starts.
It appears unlikely that a wider beta will follow, but we cannot rule it out.
"Although you'll receive the Doom beta key code with your copy of Wolfenstein: The New Order, the Doom beta won't begin until a later, yet-to-be announced date. We will contact you with news and updates surrounding the start of the Doom beta via the email address provided during the key code redemption process," explained the firm.
"Timing and availability of future beta programs for Doom is [yet] 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."
The Wolfenstein game will plunge players back into a world where fighting extremely angry Nazis is the order of the day, except the day in the game is the modern day. µ