June 19, 2012 at 2:25 PM ET
Talk about a blast from the past. Just in time for Halloween, the ground-breaking "Doom" franchise is going to make a big, bad return to gaming.
That is, Bethesda and id Software are taking us back to Mars -- back to the planet where the gateway to hell has been opened and the creatures within are threatening to invade planet Earth. Only this time around Mars, the mouth of hell and the Hellspawn pouring out of it are going to be even more gorgeously terrifying than ever.
On Oct. 16, the famed "Doom" franchise gets a spiffy polish with the "Doom 3: BFG Edition." The "BFG Edition" features re-mastered versions of both "Doom 3" and the "Resurrection of Evil" add-on pack along with seven entirely new levels which are being called "The Lost Mission." The "BFG Edition" will also include the original "Doom" and "Doom II" games, making for one epic tour of first-person shooter history.
The original "Doom" game, which launched way back in 1993, was groundbreaking, helping to pave the way for the many first-person shooters (and space marines) that would follow. "Doom 3," originally launched in 2004.
Id Software promises that the "BFG Edition" (coming to PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3) will offer "enhanced visuals further immersing you in the demonic world like never before." What that means is, the re-mastered version has been optimized in 3-D, features 5.1 surround sound, includes improved rendering and lighting, and has a new check point save system. The PC version will cost $29.99 while the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions will run $39.99.
At the Electronic Entertainment Expo this year, id Software co-founder John Carmack also showed off a pair of head-mounted virtual-reality glasses that could be used with "Doom 3: BFG." Check out Todd Kenreck's video of them in action.
Though there is no word on when, officially, these glasses will be ready for market, what you will get with this new "Doom 3: BFG" package is a brand new in-game armor-mounted flashlight ... you know, so you can see the monsters lurking in all those dark corners. That is, if you dare look.
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