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Bots And Private Matches Coming To Doom As Id Software Takes Over Multiplayer Support

by Javy Gwaltney on Jun 10, 2016 at 06:47 AM

Since its release, Doom has received praise for its exhilarating, goofy single player campaign. However, the multiplayer component, developed separately from the campaign by developer Certain Affinity, has been taken to task for being barebones and uninteresting.

According to a recent interview conducted by Eurogamer with game director Marty Stratton, it looks like Id Software is ready to address those complaints. The studio will be taking the reins from Certain Affinity and applying a series of updates to multiplayer. 

Chief among the new additions will be bots, allowing players to practice their skills against A.I. controlled opponents. Stratton also says the team is working to add "private matches with custom settings" to the game. The private matches update is expected to hit this summer and will be free, with bots being added sometime later.

You can read our review of Doom here.

[Source: Eurogamer]


Our Take
It's good to hear that Id Software is taking steps to try and improve Doom's multiplayer, easily the weakest part of the game. But I'm not really convinced that adding bots and private matches will fix game's bigger issues, which center around taking old school arena deathmatch and layering it with a lazy progression system. Still, maybe these fixes, as well as the upcoming paid DLC, might result in a much stronger and compelling multiplayer game.