Bethesda kicked off what would be a massive E3 2015 conference with the very first gameplay trailer for Doom. The verdict?
It is violent. Seriously violent.
The developer has taken the game back to its most primeval roots opting for the fast, aggressive and deeply gory gameplay style that made the game an icon back in 1993.
Unveiled at a packed conference in Los Angeles, Bethesda showcased a spectacularly gory piece of gameplay demoing the return of iconic weapons such as the double-barrelled shotgun and the chainsaw.
Within seconds of the trailer being shown Twitter became amass with complaints that the game was too violent.
It’s really troubling (and depressing) that the #BE3 audience is enthusiastically cheering for bodies being ripped apart.— Feminist Frequency (@femfreq) June 15, 2015
One of the core messages in many video games is “kill or be killed.” That is a VERY political message with deep ideological underpinnings.— Jonathan McIntosh (@radicalbytes) June 15, 2015
Of course as with most things there's always another side with advocates of the game defending the violence as being nothing more than 'fantasy'.
If we're criticizing Doom for being too violent, I'm finally taking Nintendo to task for putting animals in Animal Crossing.— Jim Sterling (@JimSterling) June 15, 2015
Does "Doom" really need so much senseless violence? Maybe introduce a discussion mechanic for conflict resolution?June 15, 2015
Doom is widely considered as the 'father' of modern video games leading to the creation of multi-billion dollar franchises like Call of Duty, Halo and Destiny.
Built using Bethesda's new id Tech 6 engine the game boasts hyper-realistic detailing as well as 60fps gameplay on PS4, Xbox One and PC.
It'll launch Spring 2016.