Report: Doom 4 is in Development Hell, Original id Software Staff Left for Oculus VR
It's been almost 10 years since we last saw Doom. Being one of the most recognizable IPs in the video game industry, it's been sorely missed. Unfortunately, we might not be seeing it again any time soon, or at least not in good health, if a new report is any indication.
A supposed id Software employee has posted a report on the company's glassdoor page sharing what could be the reason for Doom 4's secrecy since its announcement in 2008. The employee says that the environment at the studio lacks professionalism. "Expect lots of inappropriate jokes, comments and a generally unprofessional work environment", the employee posted, "Our HR director quit recently over the many internal issues."
Other issues include a lack of opportunities, unfocused direction, and poor hiring practices which have left the team with unmotivated individuals.
The employee goes on to state:
The entire tech team at id software has quit and moved to Oculus – they all left this past February all together on the same day to protest the managements' treatment of people.
Last November id Software co-founder John Carmack left after working at the company for more than two decades. He pointed to his ambition to focus 100% of his attention on Oculus Rift as the sole reason for the move. However, many have speculated that turbulence at id Software was a major contributing factor.
Only a few of the original id Software staff remained at the time that Carmack left. It wouldn't be too far-fetched to think that many of them followed him, especially after Facebook's $2 billion acquisition of Oculus VR.
Doom 4 entered production back in 2008, and nothing has been seen of the game since. Those who pre-order the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order are guaranteed a spot in Doom 4's upcoming beta. However, no beta date has been shared. Will there be one?
Doom was one of the first games I ever played, and I'm one of many who would consider it one of the most influential games of all time. To see it struggle in the modern era would be painful to watch. As realistic as it seems, let's hope this report is false.