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Doom 4 Is So Big It May Not Fit On A Single Blu-Ray

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Posted on August 14, 2011 AT 01:57pm

THE BUZZ: The head honcho of id Software, John Carmack, revealed to EGM at QuakeCon that Doom 4 is going to be a big game.  And by ‘big’ we don’t mean that the fourth eighth installment of the franchise will be something that every Doom fan will want either.  According to Carmack the title is currently clocking in at such a mammoth scope that a single Blu-Ray disc may not be big enough to hold all of its gory goodness.

WHAT WE KNOW: Carmack revealed in an interview at QuakeCon, when asked if the Rage PC demo being shows was using the team’s new Super Texture Pack that is planned for future release and whether we could see Doom 4 using a similar version of this updated graphics pack.  The following quote was put through EGM’s in-house TTA (Turkish Translation Apparatus) to find the money quote:

“The videos are just using the normal game data. There is a decent chance we will fill more data than the PS3 and Blu-Ray DVDs for when we ship on Doom 4, but we will have to see how much trouble it is maintaining two complete builds of the data. I would love to let the PC stream over the net when needing extra detail, but the server and bandwidth that would take a significant commitment that I’m not sure we can make.”

EGM’s TAKE: Provided Carmack and Co. can overcome the data needs and find a way to stream in the extra data it won’t matter how large the creative types at id Software decide to make the next Doom.  If that challenge becomes prohibitive in any way, however, we may see a game that spills across multiple discs or, dare I say, adopt the annoying trend of becoming a split release with certain side-objectives becoming fodder for DLC.

Tell us what you think of the Doom series and what you want to see in Doom 4 in our comments section below.

Nick Baumfeld
Bio: Nick Baumfeld has been involved in the video game industry for a good 12 years. He has seen the industry from all view points and has a background in websites, website integration and social media. Nick pioneered the online video game rental business back in the day, moved forward into online video game trading and then moved viral with the well received Video Games Application on Facebook. Today, he has joined up with EGM founder Steve Harris to create something truly unique and special; EGMNOW, a community dedicated to all manner of gamers.

Gaming MO: Nick is a first person shooter type of gamer and enjoys heated bouts of Halo with friends and family (even while being schooled by his children).

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