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Id software's John Carmack posted the first screenshots and notes about the development of Doom Classic for the iPhone.

Carmack reveals he's been spending the majority of his time working on iPhone Doom Classic for several weeks and the first beta build went out to testers just a couple of days ago. He expects Doom will be ready for submission to the App Store next month.

Carmack also describes iPhone Doom as a more serious effort than Wolfenstein 3D Classic which was released to the iPhone in March.

In addition to the millions of people with fond memories of the game, there is still an active gaming / development community surrounding the original Doom, and I don't want to disappoint any of them.
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Making Doom run on a new platform is only a couple days of work. Making it a really good game on a platform that doesn't have a keyboard and mouse or an excess of processing power is an honest development effort.

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Carmack goes on to describe the efforts in porting Doom to the iPhone including the challenges and design decisions surrounding the artwork. The game is said to run at a solid 30 fps and "it is Doom as you remember it, which is quite a bit better than it actually was." The first release will support multi-player over Wi-Fi and a later iPhone 3.0 release will support multiplayer bluetooth. 3G multi-player will not be included since "the latencies just aren't good enough".

We'll let you know as soon as the game is released into the App Store.

  • GodSon

    This one i have been anticipating and am very glad to see it come to touch. cant wait!!!

  • GodSon

    This one i have been anticipating and am very glad to see it come to touch. cant wait!!!

  • Acidbottle

    bring it on!

  • Acidbottle

    bring it on!

  • Adams Immersive

    I'm a big FPS fan... and I guess we have to start somewhere! Id is as good a place as any.

    I'll try not to compare it to Doom 3.

    • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      It's better than Doom 3, as far as gameplay goes.

      • arn

        for some reason Doom 2 was my favorite in terms of "feel". I think it was the double barrel shotgun.

        arn

      • Thaurin

        I really hope he somehow includes Doom 2 in one giant super pack, but I doubt it. Doom 2 was basically more levels, weapons and monsters, anyway, but I would love the double-barrel shotgun in there. And what incredible value it would be!

      • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

        Agreed about Doom 2 being the best. And yeah I think the new shotgun did it. ;)

  • Adams Immersive

    I'm a big FPS fan... and I guess we have to start somewhere! Id is as good a place as any.

    I'll try not to compare it to Doom 3.

    • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      It's better than Doom 3, as far as gameplay goes.

      • arn

        for some reason Doom 2 was my favorite in terms of "feel". I think it was the double barrel shotgun.

        arn

      • Thaurin

        I really hope he somehow includes Doom 2 in one giant super pack, but I doubt it. Doom 2 was basically more levels, weapons and monsters, anyway, but I would love the double-barrel shotgun in there. And what incredible value it would be!

      • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

        Agreed about Doom 2 being the best. And yeah I think the new shotgun did it. ;)

  • 1337brian

    Bluetooth multiplayer will be just fine with me! Looks awesome so far...

  • 1337brian

    Bluetooth multiplayer will be just fine with me! Looks awesome so far...

  • http://www.chrisrushing.com chrisrushing

    YES!

  • http://www.chrisrushing.com chrisrushing

    YES!

  • krispod

    over the internett multiplayer or in the same house over router multiplayer?

  • krispod

    over the internett multiplayer or in the same house over router multiplayer?

  • sammy

    If only it wasn't an exercise in frustration to control FPS games with a touchscreen. With a mouse & keyboard it would be REALLY fun. Oh well.
    Maybe i can find a used copy of Final DOOM on ebay for cheap.

  • sammy

    If only it wasn't an exercise in frustration to control FPS games with a touchscreen. With a mouse & keyboard it would be REALLY fun. Oh well.
    Maybe i can find a used copy of Final DOOM on ebay for cheap.

  • Jc

    i dont find Id's touchscreen controls frustrating at all, I played wolf3d pretty easily with them. As for Doom this is excellent news, once again making me feel all nostalgic.

  • Jc

    i dont find Id's touchscreen controls frustrating at all, I played wolf3d pretty easily with them. As for Doom this is excellent news, once again making me feel all nostalgic.

  • heyday72

    Let the good old times begin! Online multi playing would be a nice thing.
    Hope they make Duke Nukem etc... make a iphone come back also.

  • heyday72

    Let the good old times begin! Online multi playing would be a nice thing.
    Hope they make Duke Nukem etc... make a iphone come back also.

  • Dudehuge

    The definitive question in mobile gaming. . .

    But can it play DOOM?

    • sticktron

      Not a great measurement... Doom is old and 2d. Our beloved iDevices can play Quake3, and that's a MUCH greater achievement IMO.

      • p1

        quake sucks, and also... doom is still the best game ever, cause without it the games wouldn't evolve, it is classic and the best

  • Dudehuge

    The definitive question in mobile gaming. . .

    But can it play DOOM?

    • sticktron

      Not a great measurement... Doom is old and 2d. Our beloved iDevices can play Quake3, and that's a MUCH greater achievement IMO.

      • p1

        quake sucks, and also... doom is still the best game ever, cause without it the games wouldn't evolve, it is classic and the best

  • http://www.hotcat.org Chris Knight

    Any word on whether it will support mods? Given that Carmack is supporting the community, I'm guessing so. There are some amazing Doom mods out there, both in level designs and in sound packs and whatnot. "Where are my pants?"

  • http://www.hotcat.org Chris Knight

    Any word on whether it will support mods? Given that Carmack is supporting the community, I'm guessing so. There are some amazing Doom mods out there, both in level designs and in sound packs and whatnot. "Where are my pants?"

  • Jc

    maybe mods will use the in app updates or whatever that 3.0 promises

  • Jc

    maybe mods will use the in app updates or whatever that 3.0 promises

  • Jeremy Pilcher

    I didn't much care for the control of Wolfenstein. I hope they give consideration to Cube's(free iphone game) style of control. I feel like they have done a good job tweaking it to the point it's at. Wolfenstein's controls would be good for single-player, but as soon as you jump into multi-player I think it would become very cumbersome very quick.

    • Brad Newsom

      Why? I thought Cube's controls were absolutely horrible. Any sort of fast or decent paced action in it was almost impossible to overcome.

      Wolfestein's controls were spot on and perfect.

      • Jeremy Pilcher

        Cube's controls were difficult at first, but after getting used to them they were much better for fast action. Just because it wasn't natural for you at first doesn't mean they weren't effective. More than anything, I would love the option to mix and match. I'm all for keeping Doom as "classic" as possible, but this is a new format and play-style. I think that there needs to be more options to customize controls.

  • Jeremy Pilcher

    I didn't much care for the control of Wolfenstein. I hope they give consideration to Cube's(free iphone game) style of control. I feel like they have done a good job tweaking it to the point it's at. Wolfenstein's controls would be good for single-player, but as soon as you jump into multi-player I think it would become very cumbersome very quick.

    • Brad Newsom

      Why? I thought Cube's controls were absolutely horrible. Any sort of fast or decent paced action in it was almost impossible to overcome.

      Wolfestein's controls were spot on and perfect.

      • Jeremy Pilcher

        Cube's controls were difficult at first, but after getting used to them they were much better for fast action. Just because it wasn't natural for you at first doesn't mean they weren't effective. More than anything, I would love the option to mix and match. I'm all for keeping Doom as "classic" as possible, but this is a new format and play-style. I think that there needs to be more options to customize controls.

  • antonioj

    Wolfenstein and ifps show you can play fps with multitouch screen. And its wat better than do it on the ds or PSP.

    Also, ifps shows there can be online multiplayer with almost no lag. And livefire will too. So, no online for doom is a BIG letdown

    • sticktron

      I doubt many people will agree with you that touchscreen controls are WAY better than PSP's for fps games (using analog stick + D-pad + shoulder buttons on PSP).

      • antonioj

        Please...FPS controls on the psp are a JOKE. Complete JOKE.

        I never had the real FPS feel playing something like Medal of Honor on the PSP, that i have now with iFPS

        People that bitch about iFps controls simply suck at it, like they suck at playing fps in other platforms.

      • p1

        i agreeeeeeeeeee with the other one that replied

    • Boardumb

      I would agree that PSP FPS controls suck. They're ok I guess, but just barely. iPod's FPS controls aren't too bad at all, esp Wolf3D. Certainly better than PSP IMO. But better than DS? I don't think so, DS is as close to a mouse and keyboard that you can get, and FPS is originally a mouse and keyboard genre. DS is the most accurate out of the three, although still not perfect.

      • antonioj

        Sorry, played COD, Moon, etc, on the DS...you´re hands get cramped after a while...and graphics suck, making the experience alot worse than on the iphone. Screen quality is also worse. Playing real fps games: iphone>DS>PSP , IMO

  • antonioj

    Wolfenstein and ifps show you can play fps with multitouch screen. And its wat better than do it on the ds or PSP.

    Also, ifps shows there can be online multiplayer with almost no lag. And livefire will too. So, no online for doom is a BIG letdown

    • sticktron

      I doubt many people will agree with you that touchscreen controls are WAY better than PSP's for fps games (using analog stick + D-pad + shoulder buttons on PSP).

      • antonioj

        Please...FPS controls on the psp are a JOKE. Complete JOKE.

        I never had the real FPS feel playing something like Medal of Honor on the PSP, that i have now with iFPS

        People that bitch about iFps controls simply suck at it, like they suck at playing fps in other platforms.

      • p1

        i agreeeeeeeeeee with the other one that replied

    • Boardumb

      I would agree that PSP FPS controls suck. They're ok I guess, but just barely. iPod's FPS controls aren't too bad at all, esp Wolf3D. Certainly better than PSP IMO. But better than DS? I don't think so, DS is as close to a mouse and keyboard that you can get, and FPS is originally a mouse and keyboard genre. DS is the most accurate out of the three, although still not perfect.

      • antonioj

        Sorry, played COD, Moon, etc, on the DS...you´re hands get cramped after a while...and graphics suck, making the experience alot worse than on the iphone. Screen quality is also worse. Playing real fps games: iphone>DS>PSP , IMO

  • EightFlyingCars

    Carmack didn't say there would be no Internet multiplayer at all. All he said was that it would not be doable over 3G. Since the game uses Wifi for one of its multiplayer modes, I'm assuming that's how you would be getting your frag on.

  • EightFlyingCars

    Carmack didn't say there would be no Internet multiplayer at all. All he said was that it would not be doable over 3G. Since the game uses Wifi for one of its multiplayer modes, I'm assuming that's how you would be getting your frag on.

  • menom

    Wolfenstein is just such fun on iPhone and in appreciation of Carmac's work in making it so good - I will have to get Doom whether I like it or not

    allowing the player to move control points to where they want was a superb idea that I see others are set to following

    I wish Bungie would let Carmac develop Marathon for iPhone

    but seriously - Doom Classic is already a certain purchase for me

    • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      I don't think there's anything stopping anyone from porting AlephOne to the iPhone. The Marathon games are actually free now; not like Doom where only the engine is free. Depending on the license, it might have to be done like Flashback, where you would get AlephOne from the App Store and the content is downloaded later.

  • menom

    Wolfenstein is just such fun on iPhone and in appreciation of Carmac's work in making it so good - I will have to get Doom whether I like it or not

    allowing the player to move control points to where they want was a superb idea that I see others are set to following

    I wish Bungie would let Carmac develop Marathon for iPhone

    but seriously - Doom Classic is already a certain purchase for me

    • http://starscenesoftware.com Eric5h5

      I don't think there's anything stopping anyone from porting AlephOne to the iPhone. The Marathon games are actually free now; not like Doom where only the engine is free. Depending on the license, it might have to be done like Flashback, where you would get AlephOne from the App Store and the content is downloaded later.

  • ataru

    Witness the difference a top notch programmer can make to an iPhone game. After incredibly shoddy ports such as Sonic the Hedgehog with abysmal frame rates we now see Doom running at 30fps with spot on visuals.

    Let this be a lesson to other developers who think the iPhone is a perfect place for lazy, shovelware ports.

    • p1

      damn true!

  • ataru

    Witness the difference a top notch programmer can make to an iPhone game. After incredibly shoddy ports such as Sonic the Hedgehog with abysmal frame rates we now see Doom running at 30fps with spot on visuals.

    Let this be a lesson to other developers who think the iPhone is a perfect place for lazy, shovelware ports.

    • p1

      damn true!

  • http://www.myspace.com/raveinglunatics Nefhril

    Oh Yes! Bring it on! This is going into my iPod Touch the same second it hits the store!

    Next DooM II !!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/raveinglunatics Nefhril

    Oh Yes! Bring it on! This is going into my iPod Touch the same second it hits the store!

    Next DooM II !!!

  • antonioj

    I think EightFlyingCars is right. Carmack only said there won´t be online multiplayer over 3g, not over wifi. So, the the news text is wrong.

  • antonioj

    I think EightFlyingCars is right. Carmack only said there won´t be online multiplayer over 3g, not over wifi. So, the the news text is wrong.

  • psammead

    seriously can't wait for this one. amazing lineup

  • psammead

    seriously can't wait for this one. amazing lineup

  • Ujn Hunter

    Wolf3D rocks on iPhone. DOOM should be grand! :)

  • Ujn Hunter

    Wolf3D rocks on iPhone. DOOM should be grand! :)

  • Steve Hitstirrer

    How will i type "iddqd" without a keyboard? :P

    • p1

      LMAO!!!... true D=

      • sonicmik1

        Um actually you know, there IS a keyboard. It's accessed by tapping the screen somewhere. I don't know where or how many times or how many fingers.

  • Steve Hitstirrer

    How will i type "iddqd" without a keyboard? :P

    • p1

      LMAO!!!... true D=

      • sonicmik1

        Um actually you know, there IS a keyboard. It's accessed by tapping the screen somewhere. I don't know where or how many times or how many fingers.

  • Olly

    All I care is that it will be compatible with iPod touch 1st generation because in his progress report he said it will be for OS 2.0 and I hope that doesn't mean it's for 2nd generation only,well if it is,my dad has a
    3g anyway :P As soon as this lands in the app store,I will fight my way through the other apps of hell and I'll click this ones buy button as soon as I see it! And then I can die happy!

  • Olly

    All I care is that it will be compatible with iPod touch 1st generation because in his progress report he said it will be for OS 2.0 and I hope that doesn't mean it's for 2nd generation only,well if it is,my dad has a
    3g anyway :P As soon as this lands in the app store,I will fight my way through the other apps of hell and I'll click this ones buy button as soon as I see it! And then I can die happy!

  • Aethereus

    Homebrew implementation. Pay wads or jailbreak and introducin ssh wads... hehehe Heretic and Hexen ports... hahahah... later later, like Doom ports look around implementation with touch or like brothers in arms...hohoho...take this engine to develop more real fps!!! hOhOhOhOh.

    Por dios, que lo saque ya y lo coja alguien que lo destripe y meta el HEXEN y HERETIC con el mismo tipo de aiming que el brothers in arms PLEASE, no puedorrr....no more no more. Todas las jodidas plataformas del mundo tienen un hexen y un heretic al que se puede jugar. En Xbox tengo el heretic, hexen y doom. En PSP, en DS no porque no los he conseguido hacer funcionar (joder, con lo que prometia la pantalla tactil, a lo metroid) en mi PDA acer mierdisimo...tambien. Juego a heretic y hexen hasta en el microondas y nisiquiera hay un puto doom homebrew para iphone al que se pueda jugar!!! y para colmo no hay señales de vida ni de HERETIC ni HEXEN... DIOX, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! WHY ME!!!! WHY ME!!!!!

  • Aethereus

    Homebrew implementation. Pay wads or jailbreak and introducin ssh wads... hehehe Heretic and Hexen ports... hahahah... later later, like Doom ports look around implementation with touch or like brothers in arms...hohoho...take this engine to develop more real fps!!! hOhOhOhOh.

    Por dios, que lo saque ya y lo coja alguien que lo destripe y meta el HEXEN y HERETIC con el mismo tipo de aiming que el brothers in arms PLEASE, no puedorrr....no more no more. Todas las jodidas plataformas del mundo tienen un hexen y un heretic al que se puede jugar. En Xbox tengo el heretic, hexen y doom. En PSP, en DS no porque no los he conseguido hacer funcionar (joder, con lo que prometia la pantalla tactil, a lo metroid) en mi PDA acer mierdisimo...tambien. Juego a heretic y hexen hasta en el microondas y nisiquiera hay un puto doom homebrew para iphone al que se pueda jugar!!! y para colmo no hay señales de vida ni de HERETIC ni HEXEN... DIOX, NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!! WHY ME!!!! WHY ME!!!!!

  • Aethereus

    Anyboy knows the Carmack´s email???

  • Aethereus

    Anyboy knows the Carmack´s email???