An apparent e-mail response from Id Software CEO Todd Hollenshead reads as follows in regards to the 'goldening'...
Name: Todd Hollenshead
Last Updated: 07/14/2004 12:36:49 (Central Standard Time)
7-14-2004 11:52 AM CDT
Yes, this is the official word that DOOM 3 has been code released and has been approved for manufacturing!
It won't be long now until the anticipation ends and the PH34R begins
We literally just hung up with
Activision and have confirmed that our latest release candidate has been mutually approved and is finally
GOLD. Thanks to everyone for their patience (yeah right! =) and for everyone at id, Activision and our
numerous partners for helping us create what I believe is absolutely the best game we have ever made.
So, the next question is release dates. Retailers in the States will be allowed to pick up games starting
at 12:01 AM on August 3rd. The official street date is actually August 5th in the U.S.A., but some of
your favorite stores will probably have it early for those of you who have to have it first. Check with
your local retailer for that information.
Internationally, the game will take a few more days to make it to the store shelves. The UK will probably get it first, on or about August 6th. Everywhere else will probably be Friday, August 13th (que Twilight Zone Theme) or close to that date, with just a few exceptions (e.g. Russia and Poland). This isn't
because we don't have love for you folks outside the U.S., but the localization and manufacturing process
takes a bit longer outside the U.S. where we will have JVC run 24/7 to get the units built. I guess the
European manufacturers prefer to give their employees nights and weekends off. Go figure!
The champagne is flowing here at id and smiles abound!
I'll update again with some DOOM 3 preparation tips (not what hardware to buy - you'll have to wait for
a programmer for that sort of thing). In the meantime, I want to see those "DOOM 3 GOLD!!!" threads set
new records for swamping message board servers, destroying productivity, and post counts
Recapping today's headlines....DOOM 3 GOLD!!!
September issue of PC Gamer contains the first review of Doom 3. They give it a 94%!
PC Gamer says:
Extraordinary graphics and sound; incredible tension, atmosphere, and mayhem.
Some stabs at humor fall a bit flat.
Just as we'd hoped, it's a non-stop ride of tension, carnage and terror. A new classic.
Picture of the first cover!
Picture of the second cover!
*Update on Prices*
Best Buy ($60)
Also, I found this interesting: Teh Bootay!
Its strange that everyone all at once has changed their release dates to 8/3.
Things are definatly heating up... and I am just about ready to burn the hole in my pocket!
Hey, you know what... for once I was able to provide enough information to reach the calibur of Busy's posts... but then again, a lot of this info is thanks to the boys over at AnandTech... regardless, i'm seriously thinking of placing a down payment.
"I've never believed in insticnt... call it a hunch"
- Tex Murphy, The Pandora Directive.