Big Financial Gains
We knew Doom Eternal had done pretty well sales-wise, but until now, we didn’t know just how well. According to an id Software employee’s LinkedIn post, Doom Eternal managed to rake in over $450 million in revenue within its first 9 months on sale.
How do we know Doom Eternal sold so well?
This news comes to us via gaming platform Multiplayer First, who spotted the news on an id Software staffer’s LinkedIn profile. The individual lists themselves as a “Monetization Designer” and claims they worked with a “major focus” on Doom Eternal, which generated more than $450 million in revenue within 9 months. As far as we can tell, that number represents revenue across all platforms: PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The post has, of course, now been retracted, but you can still see it in this screenshot courtesy of MP1st:
Although Doom Eternal does feature multiplayer unlocks and cosmetics, you can’t buy them via microtransactions. Rather, you can only earn in-game rewards through actually playing; you earn XP each time you play, whether it’s a single-player campaign level or a multiplayer session. As MP1st points out, $450 million is a mighty impressive number for a single-player focused title without any extra monetization to speak of (although it does have story expansion DLC). Here’s hoping the success of Doom Eternal leads to another installment in the revitalized shooter franchise.
What does Doom Eternal’s success mean?
This will inevitably be good news for Microsoft, who purchased Bethesda and its parent company ZeniMax in a lucrative deal last year. Subsequently, Doom Eternal was added to the Xbox Game Pass subscription service, and Microsoft is no doubt rather proud of its decision to bring the game to the service. It’ll also be a welcome distraction for Bethesda, which is currently dealing with a class-action lawsuit surrounding Fallout 4’s Creation Club modding tool and whether or not it constitutes official DLC.
Sadly, we don’t know if there are any more Doom games in the pipeline just yet. The time between 2016’s rebooted Doom and its sequel was four years, so it may be a little while before we hear from Bethesda and id Software about a follow-up. As ever, we’ll keep you posted. Until then, you can grab Doom Eternal on PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. The game is also coming to PS5 and Xbox Series X|S sometime this year (although you can always play the last-gen version via backward compatibility).