Today, publisher Bethesda announced the release date for the upcoming Wolfenstein: The New Order, and along with it came a surprise reveal — a beta for the next Doom game is coming. Those who preorder Wolfenstein, which will be launching on May 23rd, will get access to the beta, though there are next to no details on the game itself. Curiously, Bethesda doesn't refer to it as Doom 4, instead calling it simply "the next Doom game."
It's not being called 'Doom 4'
And while you'll get a key to the beta along with your copy of Wolfenstein, just when you'll be able to play it is unclear — Bethesda says the Doom beta will be launching at "a later, yet-to-be announced date" and won't say whether there will be other ways to get in it, or reveal any details on platform. "The only current way to ensure access is through preordering Wolfenstein: The New Order," the company says.
The seminal Doom series, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year, hasn't seen a new game since 2004's Doom 3. Doom 4 was officially announced in 2008, though we've seen little of the game since that time, as it has reportedly a very troubled development process.