‘Doom Eternal’ coming to Google’s new Stadia service


Marty Stratton, executive producer for id Software, speaks during a Google event at the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, March 19, 2019. The Alphabet Inc. unit unveiled a new game streaming service called Stadia. The announcement marks a major new foray into the $180 billion industry for the internet giant. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

LOS ANGELES: Id Software’s upcoming action sequel Doom Eternal is coming to Google’s new game streaming service called Stadia, the two companies announced during the Game Developers Conference in San Francisco on March 19. 

Google’s Stadia promises seamless 60 fps (frames per second) and 1080p gameplay on any device with a Chrome browser, including tablets, phones, laptops, and televisions (via a Chromecast Ultra). All of the game’s information is stored at Google’s datacentres, which means there’s no downloading, installing, or patching. That means people can start playing on one device, pause, and resume playing on another. 

Google recently tested the technology using Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Odyssey under the name Project Stream and said it managed to get 60 fps and 1080p on low-latency Internet connections. 

When Doom Eternal launches on Stadia, it will feature 4K resolution and 60 fps, id Software said. A playable demo is currently available at GDC. 

id Software officially unveiled Doom Eternal during the Bethesda Showcase at E3 2018. A follow-up to the 2016 reboot, it features new weapons like the Ballista and Super Shotgun, along with new enemies like Archenemy and Marauder. It will also have a new asymmetrical multiplayer mode called Invasion. Fans will likely hear a lot more about the game during this year’s E3 in June. 

While neither Doom Eternal or Stadia have an exact launch date, Google said it plans to launch its new service sometime this year. – Variety/Reuters


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