The development studio id Software has stated that it is still currently working on Doom 4, despite a number of rumors that have suggested that the game was cancelled, and that the in-game screenshots that were posted on some sites during the week were fake.
Matthew Hooper, who is the design director working on Doom 4
, has stated on his personal Twitter feed, “Those images have nothing to do with what you’re gonna see in Doom 4.”
He added, “When we officially show things, you’ll see awesome. When we officially show things, fans will be happy.”
Some have interpreted the messages as simply saying that the posted screenshots are linked to the game but date back to an earlier version of the game.
Most of the Doom fan base is eager to hear more about the fourth full installment in the franchise and, in the absence of official news from the development team, is ready to get excited over images posted on the Internet by anonymous sources.
Doom 4 was initially announced back in 2007 at the QuakeCon event and, since then, news has been scarce.
In 2008 Todd Hollenshead, who is the Chief Executive Officer at id Software
, stated that the game will take place on Earth and suggested that it could be a prequel to Doom 3, but those elements of the game design might have changed since then.
Recently the company announced that as soon as RAGE, it’s first new intellectual property in some time, ships the core development team will focus on the creation of Doom 4.
The game will use the new id Tech 5 engine and a new scripting system.
Doom 4 is set to be released at the same time on the PC, the Xbox 360 from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 from Sony although it does not yet have a launch window.