Doom Eternal, the sequel to the much-beloved 2016 reboot of the shooter franchise, is coming to Switch, and it’s actually going to be here fairly soon.
Bethesda announced that Doom Eternal will be coming to Nintendo’s console/handheld hybrid next week on December 8 so you can take iD Software’s latest on the go with you or just play it from the comfort of anywhere in your home because you should be quarantining. As a handful of Switch ports do, Doom Eternal will be making use of the system’s gyroscopic capabilities, which will let you line up shots with the system’s motion controls, if that’s your jam. Notably, Doom Eternal will only be made available on Switch through digital download, so if you were hoping to get a physical copy for your shelf then you might be disappointed. The install size for the Switch version will take up about 18.8 GB of space on your system’s memory, so make space accordingly. Also be prepared to free up some more space for the game’s “The Ancient Gods: Part One” DLC at some point, as the Switch version isn’t launching with Doom Eternal’s add-on upon release. All we know at this point is that the extra content will come to the system “at a later date.” That’s about as specific as we’re getting here.
Given that the digital only deal was only announced today, some folks may have already pre-ordered a hypothetical physical copy from retailers, to which Bethesda and iD say in an FAQ that those issues will have to be resolved with the retailers in question through cancelling orders. This is an easy mistake to make, as many stores will often put up placeholder listings for things they expect to receive, even if they weren’t actually in the works at manufacturers. In all likelihood, retailers will be cancelling the orders themselves when they don’t have a piece of merchandise to sell, but if you were someone who pre-ordered a Switch copy of Doom Eternal, you might want to check your orders and cancel it because there will be no such boxed copies.
While the game might seem like a lot for a Switch to handle, Doom’s port to the device ran pretty well all things considered, and sounded like a competent version of the game despite any concessions made to make it work on the less powerful system, so hopefully Doom Eternal fares as well when it launches next week.
Check out the game’s release date trailer below:
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Doom Eternal kind of came and went when it originally launched back in March, but has since become a conversation point again after it was announced that The Game Awards was considering the shooter for its Game of the Year award next week alongside games like The Last of Us Part II and Hades. For more of our thoughts on the game, check out our review podcast.