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Though it has no new information included, GameSpot has collected all of the information currently available on one of id Software's upcoming titles, tentatively titled Doom 3, and has posted it in one convenient preview. The obvious successor to id's successful Doom series, id is looking once again to push the envelope of both graphics and gameplay.
Chief among the known improvements to this title are in the area of graphics. A real-time lighting model is being implemented that will apply to everything in the game, characters and environments alike. One demo sequence of the engine shows a ceiling fan casting a real-time moving shadow. Every pixel in the game will be at least bump-mapped, and some will require up to 50 passes for current graphics cards to render. id is currently shooting for a photo-realistic quality game, and the hardware requirements alone will be terrifying -- as John Carmack notes that a GeForce 3 will be required to get an average of just 30 fps.
Sound encoding will be no less advanced. Perhaps a nod in their efforts to create a cinematic experience, id will be implementing 5.1 audio support. They are currently also working on a deal with Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame to do the soundtrack.
Gameplay also promises to be a bit different. Again, as realism is being striven for this time around, players will not be able to move at insane speeds, unlike previous id titles. Rather, players will be force to move at normal speeds to further enhance the game's experience. Other touchups will most likely follow as the game's development progresses.
GameSpot - Doom III Preview
For those interested in more information on Doom III, be sure to give GameSpot's preview a read - it contains some screenshots as well as some interesting development information for those waiting on this title.
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