Mesquite, Texas-based independent developer id Software has announced that it is currently developing the fourth game in the long-running Doom franchise, a series notable for helping define the first-person shooter genre.
Doom 4 will be developed in-house at id. The company has not released an internally-developed game since 2004's Doom 3; it is currently also working on the Mad Max-esque post-apocalyptic shooter Rage.
No platforms were announced, but the new game is likely to be heading to PC, Xbox 360, and PS3. With the announcement of Rage came details on id's new multiplatform engine tech, known as id Tech 5.
Since the release of Doom 3, id has produced the externally-developed Quake 4 (Raven Software) and Enemy Territory: Quake Wars (Splash Damage). In the last decade, it has gone significant amounts of time between its own internal releases, making the current setup of two teams on large titles unusual for the company.
Said CEO Todd Hollenshead, "Doom is part of the id Software DNA and demands the greatest talent and brightest minds in the industry to bring the next installment of our flagship franchise to Earth."
No details were given on the content of the game or its expected release period. id Software has traditionally worked with publisher Activision but has not announced a partner for either Rage or Doom 4, and has confirmed in the past it has no existing exclusivity agreements.