Bethesda has poured cold water on this rumour. In response to a Tweet by Eurogamer Operations Director Tom Bramwell wondering about the rumour, Bethesda’s VP of PR and Marketing Pete Hines said bluntly: “complete bollocks”.
Id’s Matthew Hooper has also tweeted that the studio is not only working on Doom 4, but RAGE too: “@id_Hooper: Doom4 rumor is a bit silly… We’re still cranking away on Doom & Rage … and btw, we’re still looking to hire even more talent.”
Kotaku are reporting on a source claiming to be close to Bethesda who says that a decision has been made to “indefinitely postpone” the development of Doom 4 after RAGE’s disappointing launch.
Doom 4 was announced in 2008 and has been on the backburner at developers id while work was completed on RAGE. This unnamed source says that Zenimax, the parent company, and Bethesda made the decision based on the “the issues and reviews” surrounding RAGE’s launch, which in their eyes has demonstrated “a serious lack of confidence in the project management at id”.
Kotaku have reportedly contacted Bethesda for comment and clarification, but for now this remains a rumour.