Doom 4 Absent From QuakeCon 2010

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We really thought that id Software would give us an update on Doom 4 at this year's QuakeCon. After all, id CEO Todd Hollenshead said at last year's event that we'd hear more about the next Doom in 2010.

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Hollenshead kicked off today's QuakeCon keynote with the bad news. Doom 4 just wasn't ready to be shown publicly, he said. Rage for the iPhone on the other hand... Hollenshead did say that he was aware of fan's expectations for Doom 4 at QuakeCon 2010 and apologized for its absence.

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When id's master programmer John Carmack was pressed for details on the status of the next Doom—which is neither a sequel nor a reboot—he said that he was currently embedded within the team working on the game, but opted not to share any further details.

We already know that Doom 4 will use id Tech 5 and feature "big guns, lots of blood and demons." Maybe we'll know more next year.

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Well, it's not like they don't have half a dozen other FPS games to show off while they're at it. Can we honestly say we're missing that much? Doom 3 was pretty disappointing after all.

Then again, I know better than anyone how rough it is to be jerked around by developers and publishers who promise one thing then change their minds at the last second. I guess for those people who really did care about D4, that could have ruined Quakecon entirely.