Doom is coming to the Nintendo Switch on November 10, id Software announced today.
In a video interview, id creative director Hugo Martin and executive producer Marty Stratton announced the release date, and answered a few lingering questions about the port.
The pair said Doom on Switch will be feature complete, except for SnapMap, which id previously announced would not be part of the port. Otherwise, players can expect all single player and multiplayer content from the game, and all released DLC content, bringing the multiplayer offerings to 18 maps and 12 modes.
On the single player front, the Switch version will include the ultra-nightmare mode in which the game deletes your save file if you die.
“If you’re into that sort of abuse, it is there for you,” Martin said.
id Software worked with port studio Panic Button in bringing the game to the Switch – the same studio currently porting Rocket League to the console as well.
“They really tailored the experience, the tech, for [the Switch], without watering anything down,” Stratton said.
The team is confident the game will work on the Switch because of technical analysis done after the release of Doom last year. Much of that analysis discussed how many options Doom offered PC players in scaling the game to their specifications.
“We knew we had a very scalable engine, if you look at the analysis that was done of id tech 6,” Stratton said.
The game will run at 30 FPS, which Stratton said was a target set to ensure the game would be “solid, fast and fluid”.
“We wouldn’t put it in people’s hands if we weren’t proud of it, and didn’t think that it is the best possible representation of Doom,” Stratton said.
“There isn’t another game like this on the Switch right now."
Martin said the team are enthusiastic about having mature games on the Switch, with ports from id sister studios bringing Skyrim and Wolfenstein 2 to the console.
“I’m just excited for Doom and Nintendo to be in the same sentence again. My first experience with Doom was Doom 64,” Martin said.
The November 10 release date of Doom on the Switch is the start of a huge week for the console, with LA Noire coming out on November 14 and then Skyrim finally arriving on November 17.