The reason for the delay is because they want more time to polish the game as they feel like the game hasn’t reached a level of polish that they’re happy with it. Besides this, they’ve also announced a couple of things.
DOOM Eternal will launch at a later date for the Nintendo Switch and not alongside the other main consoles and PC. This is probably because the team who will work on the port will need more time with the final product to properly get it to work on the Switch.
DOOM 64 is coming to PC, Xbox One and PS4. It’s finally officially been announced but sadly you’ll have to wait until March 20th to play this as well. It’s currently being given out for free if you pre-order DOOM Eternal.
And finally, the invasion mode that they recently showed off where you could invade the game of other players will be added to the game post-launch as a free update. This is probably another thing they’re trying to polish and also will give players a solid singleplayer experience before they get invaded by people that might slow down the multiplayer experience.
At the end of the day, Id Software did a fantastic job with DOOM 2016 and with the talented team that’s working on the game and from what we’ve seen, I’d happily wait a bit more to get a polished, finished game rather than an unfinished rushed game that may hamper the DOOM experience.
Doom Eternal will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on November 22, publisher Bethesda Softworks and developer id Software announced during the Bethesda Softworks E3 2019 press conference.
Pre-orders will include the “Rip and Tear Pack,” which includes the “Doot Revenant Skin,” “Throwback Shotgun Weapon Skin,” and “Bonus Campaign Master Level.”
A Deluxe Edition including a “Year One Pass” (includes two downloadable contents), “Demonic Slayer Skin,” and the “Classic Weaposn Sound Pack” will also be available.
A Collector’s Edition will include an exclusive SteelBook designed by Mondo, “The Gift of Argent Power” 11×17-inch lithograph, lore book by id Software, a wearable Doom Slayer helmet, and the digital content included with the Deluxe Edition.
Here is an overview of the game, via Bethesda Softworks:
Developed by id Software, Doom Eternal is the direct sequel to Doom, winner of The Game Awards’ Best Action Game of 2016. Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power as you rip-and-tear your way across dimensions with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat. Powered by idTech 7 and set to an all-new pulse-pounding soundtrack composed by Mick Gordon, DOOM Eternal puts you in control of the unstoppable Doom Slayer as you blow apart new and classic demons with powerful weapons in unbelievable and never-before-seen worlds.
As the Doom Slayer, you return to find Earth has suffered a demonic invasion. Raze Hell and discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to rip and tear…until it is done.
Slayer Threat Level at Maximum – Gain access to the latest demon-killing tech with the Doom Slayer’s advanced Praetor Suit, including a shoulder-mounted flamethrower and the retractable wrist-mounted Doom Blade. Upgraded guns and mods, such as the Super Shotgun’s new distance-closing Meat Hook attachment, and abilities like the Double Dash make you faster, stronger, and more versatile than ever.
Unholy Trinity – You can’t kill demons when you’re dead, and you can’t stay alive without resources. Take what you need from your enemies: Glory kill for extra health, incinerate for armor, and chainsaw demons to stock up on ammo. These tools are the key to your survival and becoming the ultimate demon-slayer.
A New Class of (Destructible) Demon – Obliterate more demons than ever before, each with unique attacks and abilities. Fan-favorite classics such as the Pain Elemental, Archvile, and Arachnotron make their return, while a horde of totally-new demons join the roster including the Doom Hunter, Marauder, and the Gladiator. Rip apart your favorite demons to the core with Doom Eternal’s “destructible demons” system and take your power fantasy to new levels.
Demonic Invasion Detected – As the Slayer, allow other players to invade your campaign as demons for a dramatic and unpredictable twist anytime you’re playing the campaign. Or be a demon and invade other players’ campaigns either by yourself or with someone else to give the Slayer a true taste of Hell.
Enter Battlemode – Battlemode is the new two-versus-one multiplayer experience built from the ground up at id Software. A fully-armed Doom Slayer faces off against two player-controlled demons, duking it out over three rounds of intense first-person combat. More details coming soon!