Bethesda’s 2016 reboot of the Doom franchise (appropriately titled DOOM) was an instant hit with fans and critics alike, and during E3 we learned that a sequel is in development. The brief E3 teaser showed nothing substantial, but Bethesda promised a big reveal at QuakeCon, and they have delivered! Today Bethesda pulled the curtains back and gave us tons of new gameplay details and footage.

One of the biggest takeaways from today’s event is that DOOM Eternal will not be confined to a single location. Instead, you’ll be able to travel to multiple worlds (including never-before-seen ones) on your demon-slaying adventure. It’s even possible to become a demon yourself in order to invade a friend’s campaign. Here’s a breakdown of some of the new content you can expect in Eternal:

Slayer 2.0

Unleash the overwhelming power of the DOOM Slayer. With updated armor and an arsenal of new and improved equipment, including a shoulder-mounted cannon with flamethrower, extendable blade, and a new dash ability, you’re faster and deadlier than ever. Destroy every demon in your path with an upgraded array of guns and mods, including the Super Shotgun’s new Meat Hook attachment to pull yourself point blank with the faces of hell.

Rip More, Tear More

Obliterate more demons than ever before, each with their own 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 and corrupted Marauders. DOOM Eternal’s “destructible demons” system takes your power fantasy to new levels by ensuring that every trigger pull has never felt better.

All-new Invasion

As the Slayer, allow real players to invade your campaign as demons for a dramatic and unpredictable twist anytime you’re playing the campaign. Or join the ranks of the damned yourself as you become a demon and invade a friend or other player’s campaign. Invade others either by yourself or with another player, as part of a hunting party, to give the Slayer a true taste of Hell.

We’re Not on Mars Anymore

Rip and tear across epic, never-before-seen worlds. Witness the tumbling skyscrapers of Hell on Earth; battle through an invasion of the mammoth BFG 10,000 on Phobos; and discover the ancient secrets of the DOOM universe. With idTech7, every environment is brought to life in unprecedented detail.

At this point, there is still no official release window for DOOM Eternal. What we do know is that it’s coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and yes, Nintendo Switch. It seems the Switch port of DOOM performed well enough to justify Bethesda’s continued support.

Source: Bethesda press release (via DualShockers)

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