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.
Update: CNN's Chris Morris offers his impressions of the game:
I've had the opportunity to play several levels of the game and can report that it's one of the most immersive games the industry has seen.Morris also reports that there will be no DVD edition of the game, just a four-CD set.
The graphics, as exhaustively reported elsewhere, are eye-popping, but that's only a part of the playing experience. Realistic physics and artificial intelligence are just as important in creating a truly scary game. Lights, for instance, cast real-time shadows -- and the demons you're fighting know how to use those shadows to their advantage.