id Software is ready to kick off the first public test for Doom‘s highly anticipated multiplayer in this weekend’s Closed Alpha.
Anyone who has pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order to ensure access to the Doom Beta later on is eligible to participate in the Alpha, which the developer says “is a series of development-driven tests designed to stress test the game’s dedicated server infrastructure in a real-world consumer environment.” Not “a demo, or representative of the final game.”
Content is limited to one map (Heatwave), one mode (6v6 Team Deathmatch), one demon (Revenant), and one power weapon (Gauss Cannon). Otherwise, players will have access to the following weapons and equipment:
- Vortex Rifle
- Super Shotgun
- Rocket Launcher
- Static Cannon
- Plasma Rifle
- Personal Teleporter
- Frag Grenade
The Alpha takes place on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC and starts this Friday, October 23 at midnight Eastern Time. If you’re on the West Coast, you’ll be able to get started at 9PM Pacific Time tonight. Things will wrap up by 11:59PM Eastern Time on Sunday, October 25, though id Software says “additional Closed Alpha tests are planned.” Sounds like there may be more chances to play if you weren’t selected for this weekend. Be sure to read the FAQ for more answers.
Finally, check out the new gameplay trailer above, with a word from Executive Producer Marty Stratton, that highlights what’s in store for this weekend’s blood bath.
Doom launches Spring 2016.