Announcement: Doom 3 for PSVR will be released later this month
Classical DOOM 3 shooter will enter PlayStation with DOOM 3: VR Edition later this month, which was created with an architect by id Software. DOOM 3 emerged from the pits of Hell in 2004, allowing players to immerse themselves in a much more story-driven iteration of the id-created universe than previous games.
In 2019, the first three DOOM games were ported to the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One, which was a welcome release for fans who had been waiting eagerly for DOOM Eternal to arrive. Intriguingly, the rereleases of classic games acted as the first moves in the shooter series’ expansion to other platforms. Notably, Panic Button produced a DOOM Eternal port for the Nintendo Switch, which was released late last year. So it’s only fitting that id Software’s seminal IP will shortly be released on yet another unlikely platform.
DOOM 3: VR Edition will include both of the original expansions, Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Mission, in addition to the base game. Parker Wilhelm, Bethesda Softworks‘ Associate Content Manager, said the developers “retooled” the experience for PSVR, which can be apparent in the introduction of motion controls and “180-degree quick-turn functionality.” according to a PlayStation Blog post. The health-tracking, wrist-mounted monitor, as well as the VR upgrades, are meant to make the classic action-horror experience even more immersive.
Although the imminent PSVR release of DOOM 3 is exciting news, this project serves as evidence that Sony hasn’t given up on its nearly five-year-old VR headset. Late last month, Sony released a few details about the next-generation PlayStation VR, including the fact that it won’t be released this year. As a result, fans and experts speculated about what this meant for PSVR support in the second half of 2021. Clearly, to some degree, great things are on the horizon.
The haunting world of DOOM 3 is sufficiently immersive without VR technology. The PSVR edition is likely to further escalate the horror, with players becoming ever more and more personal to the demon attacks they are threatening. Luckily, it’s not a long time, and wait to see how it all works in person.