Evidence is growing for a Doom 64 PC release

Evidence is growing for a Doom 64 PC release

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September 2, 2019 Doom 64 has been rated for release again, this time by Australia.

The 24th annual QuakeCon event brought with it a lot of news about id Software’s upcoming Doom Eternal – including the introduction to a new demon called the Doom Hunter, and a lot of details about the game’s multiplayer component Battle Mode.

As there’s a lot of Doom-related excitement at the moment, fans of the series may want to replay the previous Doom games – but there’s one that’s never legally been available on PC, and that’s Doom 64. However, evidence is growing that Doom 64 may at last appear on PC, only 22 years late.

In July a review by PEGI – the European age ratings board – showed that Doom 64 was on its way to PC and PS4, and probably on Xbox One and Nintendo Switch too. Today a second rating for the game has appeared on the Australian Classification Board (via Bloody Disgusting), marking the publisher as Bethesda and the applicant as Zenimax – so it certainly isn’t an accidental copy of the original classification for the Nintendo 64 version, or anything.

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The PEGI rating marked it with a release date of July 26, which is probably just the classification date – which is August 30 for the Australian rating. However, the description given pn the PEGI rating for the game is correct for Doom 64’s story. Furthermore, it didn’t match the game’s previous box art or advertising – but it did match a line from the game’s manual, which was an obscure thing to dig up if this rating was a mistake.

While Doom 64 released on Nintendo 64 in 1997, and has never been re-released anywhere else since. This is probably down to licensing issues, as the game wasn’t developed by id Software – it was made and published by Midway. It’s actually a completely original game with its own reimagined look, rather than just a port, and even features new demons.

More Doom Eternal:

A “complete playthrough” of Doom Eternal will take 18-22 hours

Doom Eternal features the series’ first hub area

Doom Eternal reveals a new demon: Meet the Doom Hunter

While the Doom timeline doesn’t matter too much to the games, Doom 2016 seems to be set following the events of Doom 64 – so it’s always been unusual that Doom 64 has been completely unavailable to buy since the N64 era. PC players have ways of getting around that problem, but a proper official re-release of Doom 64 in advance of Doom Eternal would be most welcome. It’s certainly looking very likely at this point.

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