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Duke of Pathoris

How Doom 3 fits into canon

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This is an attempt to explain how Doom 3 fits into the canon of Doom, not treating it as a reboot or a prequel to Doom 2016 but as a spin-off.

 

First up is examining Classic Doom. We all know the plot, in the end, Doom Guy stays behind in Hell.

 

Doom 3 doesn't seem to follow on completely from the Classic games. It's tempting to treat it as a reboot but that need not necessarily be true. The UAC never went anywhere and is still functioning as normal, albeit less interested in probing Hell (it likely learnt its lesson). However, all the exposure to Hell wore down Dr Bertruger's psyche and infiltrated him, causing him to hijack the UAC and subtly warp it into become a satanic cult that deliberately lets out Hell. The new player is a fresh recruit - nothing to do with the original Doom Guy, let's just call him Doom 3 Guy or something ordinary like Geoff. He is just an ordinary space marine, not only that, he is a newbie. That's why Doom 3's tone shifts to horror - this is all new to him! Nonetheless, he survives, beats Hell and the UAC rebuilds. Then comes RoE and we know how that goes.

 

After all, it's not hard to believe Doom 3 has a different protagonist to the originals, all Doom 3 games: Doom 3, Doom 3 ROE, Doom 3 Lost Mission and Doom Resurrection all starred different protagonists. All of whom are badass normal.

 

Some time after these events, the UAC has made its complete transformation into a corporate cult (TM) that wants to let Hell in. Meanwhile, Doom Guy, now called the Doom Slayer, has been raging in Hell for countless years, centuries, millenia, jumping from dimension to dimension, kicking demon arse. Seraphim blesses him at some stage and his transformation is complete. This is where Doom 2016 starts up. So it's the same Doom Guy in Ultimate, II, Final, 64 and 2016 but different in Doom 3.

 

So what do you think? Is this obvious, is this complete bullshit, is it a possible explanation?

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Doom 3 is it’s own canon. In this version the previous Doom games never existed. I’m certain someone at ID said that during an interview.

 

But interesting post nonetheless!

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2 hours ago, Ex Oblivione said:

Doom 3 is it’s own canon. In this version the previous Doom games never existed. I’m certain someone at ID said that during an interview.

 

But interesting post nonetheless!

You may be right, but I believe those mobile Doom Rpg games try and connect Doom 3 to the original Dooms, but those are mobile games so they most likely are non canon.

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3 hours ago, Ex Oblivione said:

Doom 3 is it’s own canon. In this version the previous Doom games never existed. I’m certain someone at ID said that during an interview.

It makes me feel uncomfortable given Doom 2016 is heavily alluded to being a sequel to Doom 64.

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12 minutes ago, Duke of Pathoris said:

It makes me feel uncomfortable given Doom 2016 is heavily alluded to being a sequel to Doom 64.

Honestly I think Doom 2016 could pick up after Doom 64 like you said, continuing the original games timeline. 

Doom-Ultimate Doom-Doom 2-Final Doom-Doom 64- Doom 2016

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Given the inter-dimensional nature of the Doom games' plots, maybe the Doom 3 universe exists parallel to the main Doom timeline, and the 'hell' dimension links the two together. The ancient warrior that was spoken of on the stone tablets that you find in the excavation sites could be the Doom Slayer having a run in with the Doom 3 universe.

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6 hours ago, Ex Oblivione said:

Doom 3 is it’s own canon. In this version the previous Doom games never existed. I’m certain someone at ID said that during an interview.

 

But interesting post nonetheless!

 

It was John Carmack himself who said that Doom 3 is in fact a remake of the original Doom. So yeah, D3 is its own canon (or at least its own timeline)

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