E3 press conferences are usually spent looking towards the future, but Bethesda spent a good deal of its E3 2016 press conference discussing games that have already released. One such game was Doom, the reboot that launched last month to strong reviews and sales. As announced by Bethesda during its E3 press conference, those that want to see what all the fuss is about will be able to try the new Doom free for a limited time.
For this next week, gamers can test out the first level of Doom as a free demo. Bethesda’s vice president of marketing Pete Hines billed this demo as a throwback to the days of shareware on PC, but that doesn’t mean console gamers are excluded. Anyone with a PS4, Xbox One, or PC can download the Doom demo right now and play it for one week.
While many critics took issue with the execution of Doom‘s multiplayer mode, the single player campaign earned high marks. In our own Doom review, we praised the campaign for its exploration elements, as well as its chaotic, fast-paced gameplay. Since it seems like people have enjoyed the game’s single player campaign more than its multiplayer, it makes sense for Bethesda to have the demo focus on the campaign.
Having said that, talk of Doom at Bethesda’s E3 2016 press conference seemed to focus more on multiplayer than anything else. It was at the event that the first major multiplayer expansion pack for Doom‘s multiplayer was announced, so perhaps Bethesda should instead have had the demo focus on multiplayer, despite the criticisms the mode has received since launch.
To that end, if Bethesda wanted to give players a real taste of what to expect from Doom, it could have been a good idea to also include some SnapMap functionality in the demo. If such a comprehensive demo were announced during Bethesda’s press conference, it could have generated even more buzz for Doom, possibly helping it stay near the top of the sales charts.
Game demos used to be fairly common, but they seem to be rarity nowadays. While some may be disappointed that Bethesda is only making the demo available for a single week, it’s still better than no Doom demo at all, and could convince on-the-fence gamers to pick it up. If this Doom demo proves popular enough, it may result in Bethesda creating similar demos for its other projects moving forward, so it will be interesting to see how fans respond to it.
Doom is available now for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.