DOOM Eternal is almost here, and with it comes excitement for all those fans that were wowed by the series’ 2016 reboot. The game promises more raw power as you once again step into the shoes of the Doom Slayer in his never-ending battles against demons, with hopes of much more in the future. The game is scheduled to come tomorrow, but it seems if you shop at a certain retail chain, you’ll get it a day early.
Retailer GameStop announced via their official Twitter that, due to coronavirus concerns, they will drop the game one day early (in order to separate the DOOM and Animal Crossing crowds), which would be today. The chain has been criticized for staying open despite government recommendations that non-essential stores close. They have taken measures to address the spread, such as the cancellation of midnight launches, as well as things like this. Obviously, for fans this is fun, but use your judgement about going out depending on where you’re at. It seems this only applies to the North American GameStop chain and not other international brands with connections to it, such as EB Games.
DOOM Eternal will officially release on March 20th for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Stadia, with the Switch version slated to come later this year. You can read our review of the game through here.
To ensure we adhere to CDC-recommended social distancing guidelines, we will be selling DOOM Eternal a day early on Thursday, 3/19 as a safety precaution for our customers and associates. Animal Crossing will release on Friday 3/20 to further help separate the crowds.
— GameStop (@GameStop) March 19, 2020