“We Call It Hell”
From Universal 1440—the studio that brought us three Scorpion King sequels and the timeless classic Woody Woodpecker (2017)—comes a new Doom reboot, Doom: Annihilation. To be clear: not a sequel to the 2005 film featuring Rosamund Pike, Karl Urban, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Good news for game fans; Doom: Annihilation takes after its other predecessor, id Software’s original 1993 first-person shooter game.
Doom: The Film
The MS-DOS game pioneered the now-household FPS (first-person shooter) video game genre; just like 2005 Doom, the new Doom plans to honor its POV legacy. Director Tony Giglio told Polygon, “We will be using the first-person perspective but not like the first film or for long extended periods…I wanted to find a way to give a nod to it; not have it dominate or take you out of the film.”
Along with new photos and a trailer, we’ve been gifted with a short-but-sweet synopsis:
Doom: Annihilation follows a group of space marines as they repond to a distress call from a base on a Martian moon, only to discover it’s been overrun by demonic creatures who threaten to create Hell on Earth.
The film stars Amy Manson (Atlantis), Dominic Mafham (Ophelia), Luke Allen-Gale (Dominion), and Nina Bergman (The Car: Road to Revenge).
Doom: The Game
In the game, players take on the role of an unnamed space marine fighting through hordes of demons from Hell. While the 2005 Doom movie didn’t necessarily deal with invading demons from Hell as it should have, it looks like Doom: Annihilation is going back to its roots.
From 1993 to 1995, Doom had nearly 15 to 20 million players. According to the game’s Wikipedia page, “an entire one-third of the game (nine levels)” were “distributed as shareware,” and its huge audience popularized “online distribution and the FPS mode of gameplay.” Doom is also responsible for “spawning a gaming subculture” as well as pioneering “immersive 3D graphics and multiplayer gaming.”
Since then, the Doom franchise has been running hot; Doom II: Hell on Earth released in 1994, and then dropped expansion packs [Master Levels for Doom II (1995) and Final Doom (1996)]. In 2004 the franchise rebooted with Doom 3—a retelling of the old story on a new engine—which tied into the 2005 movie. Most recently in 2016, the franchise returned to the fast-paced flavor of its first two games and released Doom, redone and powered on an id Tech 6 engine, an upgrade of the id Tech 4 of Doom 3.
So what’s your opinion? Ready for a reboot of the great-grandfather of first-person shooters? Sad The Rock won’t be in this one? Doom: Annihilation is rumored to release in Fall 2019, so you have some time to think about it.