Doom Eternal Director Has ‘Put A Lot Of Thought’ Into Making A Female Doom Slayer

Doom Eternal Director Has ‘Put A Lot Of Thought’ Into Making A Female Doom Slayer
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During a playthrough stream earlier this month, Doom Eternal director Hugo Martin was asked if the team had ever considered developing a female Doom Slayer for the game. His answer was surprisingly thorough.

“I’ve thought about it, actually,” Martin told Bethesda community manager Joshua Boyle following a viewer question. “I think if we did it, I’d want it to be lethal. I think it’s interesting how it would impact the glory kills, the kind of weapons that she would have, the fighting style. All aggression, absolutely, but a different type of aggression. I would really strive to allow it to impact the gameplay in a way that was meaningful. I’ve definitely put a lot of thought into that.”

The folks behind 2016’s Doom and 2020’s Doom Eternal have referred to their main character as a Ferrari, in that playing as the Doom Slayer is fun at any speed. Martin said they would want to figure out similar kinds of references for any character they develop, including a hypothetical female Doom Slayer.

“How would that affect things?” Martin added. “What sort of analogies could you draw from that and allow that to influence the experience? It definitely would be cool.”

The identity of Doom’s protagonist — formerly known as Doomguy before being reinvented as the Doom Slayer alongside the modern, story-oriented reboot — has never had much bearing on the first-person shooter’s action. He’s simply a vessel for the player’s own desire to destroy a bunch of demons as brutally as possible. That said, the fact that Martin has put serious thought into developing a female counterpart is pretty neat, and it should be interesting to see if those ideas make their way into future Doom projects.

Comments

  • I feel like having a second Doomperson would cheapen the whole thing.
    Doomguy’s sheer determination and fury had him survive Doom and even dying and going to hell. Then there’s the extra lore added in Eternal. Having someone else be remotely on his level just don’t feel right.

    And yes, I am aware Crash and Phobos exist, but let’s be honest they’re flimsily justified characters whose sole purpose is to pad out Q3’s roster.

  • Would put to rest that doom guy having sex thing.
    The answer would now be yes and it would be horrific, like two Tasmanian Devils on steroids and cause I told destruction to several realms.

  • It would kind of be Epic if as you travel across the realms kicking ass as Doom Slayer you see bits of lore alluding to another Doom Slayer or entity which inspired a similar level of fear amongst the demons. It’d be kind of analogous to people of different religions on earth praying to different deities and having different versions of hell.

    And that this other person is female….with all the viking lore in games recently I could imagine an ass-kicking very angry Valkyrie would be kinda awesome

    • Or even better, just don’t worry about a canon option at all!

      *grumbles in the general direction of terrible canon options for SW:KOTOR and Baldur’s Gate*

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