By Paul Hunter
I was relieved last month when I saw the initial photos from the NASA Mars rover Curiosity showing a very calm, untouched terrestrial planet, alleviating all fears that the red planet which is depicted in Doom 3 -- a sanctuary for grotesque zombies and the demon army from hell - simply isn't true. It's a good thing too, because that unsightly world is about to get much more vivid with the upcoming release of Doom 3 BFG Edition, a re-mastered version featuring greatly enhanced graphics and vastly improved audio horror effects.
The genre-defining first-person shooter (FPS) game, Doom 3, which released in 2004, was considered at the time to be one of the most graphically impressive games on the market. As is common in the games industry, technical progress happens quite quickly, and by today's standard the game looks dated. id Software's has put a lot of effort in updating the graphics for the BFG Edition, and the results are quite stunning. Take a look at the debut trailer on YouTube showcasing the enhanced visuals:
Doom 3 BFG Edition Debut Trailer
I must say, the game looks great even at this early stage.
Whereas the original game was published by Activision, the updated version of Doom 3 will be releasing courtesy of Bethesda Softworks after the developer of the game, id Software, was acquired by Bethesda's parent company, ZeniMax Media, back in 2009. Bethesda has announced the Doom 3 BFG Edition will be releasing for Xbox 360, PC, and PS3, marking the first time a Doom game has ever appeared on the PS3.
Doom 3 BFG Edition will be packaged with bonus content, including the previously release expansion pack Resurrection of Evil, and a new single-player expansion pack called The Lost Levels. Both expansions have been optimized with the improved rendering and lighting effects, 5.1 surround sound, a new checkpoint system, and will feature Xbox 360 Achievements and PS3 Trophies for the first time.
As an extra special bonus, Doom 3 BFG Edition will also include the original Doom and Doom 2 , making it the definitive collection of the revolutionary FPS games pioneered by id Software.
Doom 3 BFG Edition is releasing for PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC on October 16, 2012. The game is being developed by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks.
[This article originally appeared on the Future Shop Tech Blog]