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No DOOM 3 This Year

Though id Software basically invented the idea of using "when it's done" as a release date, and thus did not specify a release date when DOOM 3 was announced (story), many have been assuming that the game would be available for this year's holiday season (and jcal points out the DOOM 3 E3 billboard did clearly promise this year). Now a report on HomeLAN Fed cites Activision's 2003 release calendar and quarterly financial conference call to gain a bit more clarity on when to expect the highly anticipated shooter sequel. Activision admits that this matter is entirely in id's hands, but that they are not expecting the game this year, and have it "penciled" on their calendars for fiscal Q4 (Jan-March) 2004. Further actual release date delays were gleaned from the proceedings as well, including word that True Crime: Streets of LA is now due in late fall 2003 and that Rome: Total War, console Call of Duty, Quake IV, and Trinity are now all due in Fiscal 2005 (which begins April 2004).

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153. XBox and DoomIII Jul 28, 2003, 20:50 ProdigyXL
 
I've read somewhere before that a port of DoomIII is extremely viable on the Xbox. Technically, it should run DoomIII with most stuff on at least 30FPS. Remember a console has a closed environment, no overhead. I'm sure id can port it well enough if they want. I truely doubt however that this delay has anything to do with a port. If id could ship before Christmas, I'm sure they would. Don't expect to see a dual release of the PC and XBox versions. Id said it themself, it's the art content creation that is taking so long. I mean, 5 steps to create a single texture, thats a lot of work. All you console fanatics I can assume can rest assure that a port is coming at some point, just don't expect it for for at least another year post launch. Remember the ports of Doom, and the Quake series to other consoles? They didn't show up for a good year or more since the orginal release. And remember, they made Quake III run great on a Dreamcast, who ever ported it. That being said, everyone should be able to relax and realize at some point they will play the game, on some machine. It's all a matter of time now.

 
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