Doom: Resurrection coming to the iPhone/iPod!

Hey, everybody! Remember Doom?

For a while, it was everything in the world of video gaming, first-person  shooters, gore and virtual terror before it was eclipsed by bigger names and bigger games in the years to come. Then came the ill-fated (and ill-written…and ill-directed…) Doom movie, which pretty much made it official that the once-proud franchise was officially dead. But no more! No, there’s a new Doom game on its way and it’s taking on a whole new medium while maintaining the tested and true formula.

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Doom Resurrection, a new game in the legendary Mars/Hell-set first-person shooter series, is coming to Apple iPhones next week. The game uses “downsampled” art from the PC and console hit Doom III, but is an entirely new game, with new plot unfolding across eight new levels with around five hours of gameplay. It has already been described as “one of the true next-generation games on the iPhone.”

id Software’s John Carmack, creator of the Doom series and game graphics guru, has led a team at Escalation Studios to create Doom Resurrection, with Carmack saying the iPhone is “a real game platform, not a tiny little toy.”

Doom Resurrection runs at 30 frames-per-second on the latest Apple iPod Touch, half that on early Apple iPhones. “The iPhone should be better in performance than the Nintendo DS and the PSP,” Carmack told VentureBeat. “But you can’t exploit it all because of software inefficiencies.” Carmack is currently set to meet Apple to talk about improving the iPhone for games.

Carmack is also hoping to introduce features to the game post-launch to take advantage of Apple’s iPhone OS 3.0. These could include co-operative multi-player gaming.