Release windows + details on the alpha and beta.
For those who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order, you probably noticed that the game included access to the Doom beta. While Stratton mentioned the beta won’t be ready until closer to release in 2016, he did mention a couple of interesting points. The first is that it’s a multiplayer beta, which means that story details will be preserved and The New Order pre-orderers will have a chance to try their hand at “fast-paced, arena-style multiplayer”. The other bit of news is that there will be a Doom alpha. Stratton said names will be randomly pulled from the pool of beta folks who pre-ordered The New Order so, if you’re one of those people, you might have the chance to play the Doom alpha later this year, or “soon” as Stratton put it.
Doom, in alpha form, is playable at QuakeCon on the show floor right now, so keep your eyes peeled on allpcgame-related publications for our thoughts once we’ve taken it for a spin. If it’s anything like the fantastic pace of Quake III—or, better still, the amazing speed of Rocket Arena 3—we’ll be spending some time in Quake Live prior to launch to improve reaction time that’s been dulled by the slower shooter experiences of Battlefield.