It may have just been his phrasing, or it may have been some deliberately chosen words, but Bethesda’s Pete Hines might have teased a DOOM 2 announcement for E3 2018.
In an interview from PAX East with DualShockers, Hines was asked Bethesda’s somewhat shallow latter half of 2018.
Hines’ response seemed to go unnoticed for what it may have been, but it certainly seems like he may have been teasing DOOM 2.
DOOM 2 E3 2018
Hines said in the interview that Bethesda has “a lot of new stuff to talk about at E3.” He obviously wasn’t ale to give any details at this stage and even said that he “couldn’t give you any guesses as to what we’re going to announce and when those games will be out.”
However, what he said next points directly to a possible follow up to the phenomenal reboot of DOOM from 2016.
Whether or not folks realize it, this is the hell on Earth [emphasis added] time for us with E3. We are in the midst of so much planning and work for all of that content but I’m really excited.
Hell on Earth was the original subtitle for DOOM II when it was released in 1994.
Hines may have simply been saying that right now is a tough time at work. Specifically using the phrase ‘Hell on Earth’ seems a little strange when referring to upcoming exciting information though.
This leads us to believe that Hines was being very sneaky and slipping in a hint about a sequel to DOOM 2016 while appearing to be casually responding to a question.
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Bethesda’s Senior Vice President of Marketing went on to add more to his statement, telling DualShockers;
It’s going to be a big mix of stuff that’s all over the place. It’s not going to be like all [one] kind of game or genre.
It’s going to be a lot of stuff in a lot of different areas and hopefully, there’s something in there for everybody.
There are already rumours that Bethesda will announce The Elder Scrolls 6 at E3 2018. If this is true, the announcement of DOOM 2 would certainly fit with Hines’ statement.
DOOM and The Elder Scrolls are very different properties and would certainly constitute “a big mix of stuff” that’s not one “kind of game or genre.”
The latter half of Hines’ statement also gives hope to seeing Bethesda titles being released on Switch at the same time as other platforms. When he says that he hopes there’s something for everybody, it sounds like he’s referring to both genre and platform.
Of course, we may just be reading into this far too much, but then again maybe not.
Using the phrase ‘Hell on Earth’ the way he did is strange unless it was meant to cryptically hint at a DOOM 2 E3 2018 announcement. Given that it’s been two years since the reboot, it’s about time we saw something new from id.
What do you think?