New Doom game is still coming to PS5 despite Xbox merger

The next Doom game will be a prequel titled Doom The Dark Ages and will still see a PS5 release despite Microsoft purchasing the game's developer.

New Doom game is still coming to PS5 despite Xbox merger
Lee Brady

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PlayStation fans had legitimate and reasonable fears that those Doom The Dark Ages trophies would never see the light of day on PS5. However, despite Microsoft purchasing Doom developer Id Software, Doom The Dark Ages will still get a PS5 release in 2025. The game is easily one of the best-looking upcoming PS5 games right now, so we're thrilled that it's still coming to PlayStation!

Doom The Dark Ages will launch on PS5 in 2025

Officially revealed alongside 16 other PS5 games at the Xbox Showcase 2024, Doom The Dark Ages was announced with a 2025 release date for PS5 alongside its Xbox and PC release. The game's trailer shows us that the new Doom PS5 game will be a prequel set before the events of both Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal.
Doom The Dark Ages will be an origin story for the Doom Slayer and will likely line up with all the little flashbacks and diary entries we picked up while playing Doom Eternal. In the last PS5 and PS4 release, we learned that the Doom Slayer had been a member of an order of knights known as the Sentinels and that he had helped lead a crusade against the demons of Hell before ultimately being betrayed.

After Microsoft bought Bethesda and ZeniMax Media in 2020 — the two companies that own Doom developer Id Software — it was presumed that PlayStation owners had seen the last of the series with Doom Eternal. However, it seems Microsoft will publish at least one more Doom title on PS5 with Doom The Dark Ages!

Doom The Dark AgesI mean, wow.

This comes as welcome news because, having watched the Doom The Dark Ages trailer above, it would have been a hard pill to swallow to watch this game skip PS5. It just looks rad — the new shield and scatter-shot gun look incredible. Plus, the setting is pure metal — I mean, look at the demon dragon thing, that looks wild. It's going to be a long wait for this one in 2025.

While we ultimately ranked 2016's Doom higher than Doom Eternal in our best FPS games on PS5 list, I think we can still safely assume that the new Doom game on PS5 will be a quality title. What do you think of Doom The Dark Ages? Excited for this one? Let us know down in the comments below.
Written by Lee Brady
Staff Writer Lee keeps one eye on the future (Astro Bot), one eye on the past (PS1, PS2, and PS3 games), and his secret third eye on junk he really likes (Final Fantasy, Kingdom Hearts, Sonic). A PlayStation fan for over 25 years, he loves replaying classic games via PS Plus.
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