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Why Was Doom 4 Called Doom?

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Hello. I'm wondering, why did id name this entry Doom and not have 4 in it? My mind is saying that they probably wanted fans to forget about the original game, but I don't believe it. Doom 1 is called Ultimate Doom, so it removes the confusion, but searching up Doom on browsers may not just bring someone to the original game.

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Because it is a reboot of the series and to avoid the mistake Doom 3 did (being called as such which implies it's a sequel, when it's in fact a reboot of the series with a different Marine).

 

But they might have wanted people to forget about classic Doom as well, as strange as it might be. I remember Hugo saying in an interview that he doesn't understand why people started calling the 2016 installment "Doom 2016" as it was not their intention at all.

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53 minutes ago, seed said:

Because it is a reboot of the series and to avoid the mistake Doom 3 did (being called as such which implies it's a sequel, when it's in fact a reboot of the series with a different Marine).

 

But they might have wanted people to forget about classic Doom as well, as strange as it might be. I remember Hugo saying in an interview that he doesn't understand why people started calling the 2016 installment "Doom 2016" as it was not their intention at all.

It's a mistake to try to make people forget about the original entries. You don't bring down classic Doom.

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New generation of players. They like started new for them, but continued for us. 

 

 

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15 hours ago, seed said:

I remember Hugo saying in an interview that he doesn't understand why people started calling the 2016 installment "Doom 2016" as it was not their intention at all.

 

Their mistake for dropping the 4.

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What Seed said basically. It's a reboot of the Doom series, even though i personally thought that around the Doom 3 era that id Software mentioned that Doom 3 was considered a reboot of sorts. So now i just consider Doom 3 a "re-telling" of the original Doom in a more horror/story driven way while Doom 2016 is supposedly the real reboot i guess.

 

I also don't care if id Software doesn't like it being called Doom 2016. That's what i personally call it (as a lot of other people do as well). There already is a game titled Doom and it came out in 1993. I can't stand titles that reuse the same name especially when they aren't even made by the same group of people.

 

 

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So the makers of Doom 2016 want us to forget the classic Doom and embrace their new bastardised crap, eh? Well, f them. I've removed the game from my library for the fourth time today (yes, I bought it four times) and I will never bring it back, and I'm forgetting Doom Eternal as well, it looks like difficult crap. I got the game in the first place as it looked gorgeous, but the system requirements are too high and I can't even afford a graphics card at the moment. I also didn't like the endless Robotron 2084-like combat, the battle areas that are more like arenas, and I dreaded the boss battles.

 

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Because Doom 4 is dead, it was never released.

This one actually is Doom 5.

Aka New Doom or Doom 2016

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...exactly what about Doom 2016 makes anyone think that new iD wants anyone to forget about the original? The whole thing is so chalk full of homage's to the classics, from secret levels to the collectibles and in-game mini-games. Doom 2016 is nothing if not a big massive party in honor of Ultimate Doom. To suggest that they were actively trying to bury the original is either incredibly ignorant, or a needlessly vicious insinuation based on nothing. 

 

I generally favor the notion that it has more to do with appealing to a new generation. Not that I think the new generation is oblivious to what Doom is, which suggests this was entirely a marketing decision. In fact, if anyone can be called out on weird choices at new iD, let's look at their marketing department. The one that decided the big focus of all things for Doom 2016 should be its multiplayer and multiplayer DLC's. 

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Why was "Rocky VI" called Rocky Balboa? Why was "Rambo IV" called "Rambo"/"John Rambo"?

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Because it's a popular cliche to call reboots with the same name as the original, and I presonally don't like it at all.

 

Also, yeah, I don't think id wanted people to forget the classics, they just jumped on this reboot naming cliche because it's what many other franchises do.

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Ninja Gaiden (Game Gear)
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Ninja Gaiden (unreleased SEGA Genesis prototype).

Ninja Gaiden (Xbox)

 

All entirely different games, same exact title.

 

So it could be worse.

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On 6/17/2019 at 12:20 PM, seed said:

I remember Hugo saying in an interview that he doesn't understand why people started calling the 2016 installment "Doom 2016" as it was not their intention at all.

 

Yeah, the Doom community forced their hand on that one. I knew we had won when some id guy (Robert Duffy probably) casually referred to "Doom 2016" when mentioning the game in an interview a while back.

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On 6/18/2019 at 2:09 PM, MFG38 said:

Their mistake for dropping the 4.

 

Partially.

 

What they actually had to do was to find something else to go along with "Doom", such as, I dunno, "Doom: The Rebirth"? They would have repeated the same mistake they did with Doom 3 that way. Those numbers in the name would, by default, signify the games are a direct or indirect sequel to a previous installment, when in fact, both of them are reboots. I'm glad they chose "Doom Eternal" as the name of the new game, I hope they stick to that formula.

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On 6/17/2019 at 8:20 PM, seed said:

I remember Hugo saying in an interview that he doesn't understand why people started calling the 2016 installment "Doom 2016" as it was not their intention at all.

 

Surly they would have expected this in some way shape or form? when talking about the series there has to be some way to differentiate between two games that are called the same and its usually the latest game that gets the "name change". Sonic '06 for example.

 

Though with that being said , it does seem bethesda want to do the opposite with the new ports being listed as DOOM classic (1993). 

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They should have called it Doom 4 or Doom Reboot. Bethesda just showed how ugly they are by stealing legendary game's name. Now Doom almost always is called "classic Doom" or "original Doom" because pathetic Bethesda have put another Doom on it's shoulders. They are like "Now THIS one is Doom! Are you still wasting your time with classic one?"

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1 hour ago, Loud Silence said:

Now Doom almost always is called "classic Doom" or "original Doom" because pathetic Bethesda have put another Doom on it's shoulders.

Pretty sure people were calling Doom 1, 2, and Final Doom as "classic Doom" collectively way before Doom (2016) came around. :P

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2 hours ago, Loud Silence said:

They should have called it Doom 4 or Doom Reboot. Bethesda just showed how ugly they are by stealing legendary game's name. Now Doom almost always is called "classic Doom" or "original Doom" because pathetic Bethesda have put another Doom on it's shoulders. They are like "Now THIS one is Doom! Are you still wasting your time with classic one?"

 

I do it the other way around: I call original Doom "Doom", and Doom (2016) "Doom 2016". But then again, how many people have access to the original Doom these days? That was the name of the Shareware version, but as far as I can see the retail release, Ultimate Doom, has long since superceded it. In any case, I still call it Doom 2016 because, to be honest, the 2016 game is a lame modern riff of the true original classic that apparently steals elements from other contemporary games, like Devil May Cry (from what I've read).

 

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There's a lot of marketing power behind recycled titles in a franchise. Last year's sequel to Halloween just being called Halloween, Final Destination 4 being "The Final Destination", The Fast and The Furious 4 being "Fast & Furious", and a whole lot of remakes/reboots. Generally it makes people feel like a big shakeup is happening, and something is important, or that it will be a return to form after a lot of stray sequels.

 

By calling this one "DOOM", it's a way of telling everybody "This isn't a Doom sequel, it's not just another Doom game, this is DOOM, all new and standalone". It can be irritating to fans of a franchise but it can be extremely powerful in marketing and it lends the product an air of importance, like it's a big event.

 

In this case it was also a good way of letting us all know they had started from scratch as well as gone back to the roots of the series. A lot of people didn't think much of Doom 3, and especially not the early Doom 4 information, if it had been called like "Doom Retribution" or some shit it would have attracted fewer new fans.

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