Doom Heavily Rumored for Xbox June Showcase Amid Bethesda Trademark and Other Hints

Rumors that a new Doom game is on the horizon are heating up thanks in part to a new trademark filing (via Eurogamer).

The pending U.S. trademark filed by Microsoft’s ZeniMax Media is for a project called “IDKFA.” Longtime fans of developer id Software will recognize the string of letters as a famous cheat code for the original Doom that grants players access to all in-game weapons and keys with full ammo and armor.

To be clear, it’s possible the trademark isn’t related to a new Doom game, but there are a few reasons to hold out hope that a fresh installment may soon be announced. Microsoft has already revealed plans to hold its major games showcase on June 9, meaning we’ll learn more about upcoming Xbox games in only a few weeks.

Leaked court documents from last year also mentioned a mysterious title known as Doom: Year Zero, though details on what this project could be have yet to be revealed. The Verge’s Tom Warren has also repeatedly teased that a Doom announcement could arrive during the upcoming June showcase. Eurogamer says it has heard similar information.

The last mainline Doom entry arrived in March 2020 with Doom Eternal, which went on to receive two expansions by March 2021. While Microsoft has recently moved to shut down Bethesda’s Tango Gameworks and Arkane Austin, id Software has remained quiet when it comes to how it might continue its classic FPS franchise.

If a new Doom game is going to be revealed soon, there’s no telling what shape it will take or if it will keep the Doom: Year Zero name that leaked in 2023. Until Microsoft has more to reveal, it’s probably best to take all rumors with a grain of salt.

While we wait to see what id Software is cooking up, you can read our 9/10 Doom Eternal review, where we said “Whether you’re a new Doom fan or a veteran one, Doom Eternal is bound to delight & entertain you. It’s gloriously fun.”

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