Doom Eternal release date blow: Bad news for PS4, Xbox One fans ahead of launch

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Doom Eternal release date blow: Bad news for PS4, Xbox One fans ahead of launch 1

Doom Eternal is shaping up to be one of the biggest games of 2020, especially with so many delays to the rest of this year’s blockbuster releases.

With the March 20 release date close enough to touch, new details have emerged about the demonic first-person shooter.

And there’s bad news if you’re struggling to fit new games on your Xbox, because Doom Eternal is going to be a big one.

Based on the Xbox One Store page description, Doom Eternal weighs in at a hefty 39GB.

While this isn’t too bad on its own, fans will seemingly need to download the multiplayer element separately.

This adds a further 38GB to the Doom Eternal download, which means you’ll need nearly 80GB of free space. There’s no word on the PS4 file size, but it’s likely to be pretty similar. 

With just over a month before the game launches, some fans may need to start deleting games to make room.

On the plus side, it looks like fans will be able to delete the campaign and continue playing multiplayer.

A sequel to the 2016 Doom reboot, Eternal sees players return to Earth in order to stave off a demonic invasion.

“As the DOOM Slayer you return to find Earth has suffered a demonic invasion,” reads the official description. “RAZE HELL and discover the Slayer’s origins and his enduring mission to rip and tear…until it is done.

“Experience the ultimate combination of speed and power as you battle your way across dimensions with the next leap in push-forward, first-person combat.”

Express Online was lucky enough to play some Doom Eternal at a preview event in 2019. Judging by the mission we played, Doom Eternal takes everything that was good about the reboot and turns the dial up.

The action is slicker and smoother than it was in Doom (2016), and there appears to be more variety when it comes to level design and enemy encounters.

Fans who pre-order the game on PSN or the Xbox Store will receive the Rip and Tear pack.

This includes the DOOT Revenant Player Skin, the Cultist Base Master Level, a remixed version of the campaign level ‘Cultist Base,’ with new challenges and surprises, a Throwback Shotgun Weapon Skin.

But perhaps most exciting of all is the chance to download and play a digital copy of Doom 64.

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