Bethesda poll asks which Doom alternate art you prefer

main doom box art

Doom Box

Mmmm, generic.

Have you seen the box art for the new Doom? If not, it's to your right. As you can see, it's a straight-on shot of the armored-up Doom guy cradling his old-school shotgun, with the word “DOOM” splayed across his chest and biceps. It's perfectly (almost satirically) conventional, “modern” videogame box art, and—if I may be so bold—stunningly dull.

I mean, sure, the original Doom cover featured a guy with a gun too, but it also had grinning demons and an alarmed latecomer in the background who was upset that the party started without him.

The point of all this is twofold: One, the Doom cover as it stands is not good. And two, Bethesda is currently holding a poll on Twitter to determine which image it will choose for the reverse sleeve. These are your choices:

Option A:


Option B:


The first image is extremely reminiscent of a Venom album cover, while the second is an obvious riff on the original cover art. Personally, I prefer the first one (I was a big Venom fan back in the day) but more to the point, I like them both vastly more than what's currently slated for the front of the box. The obvious fix? Make A the reverse sleeve, and B the cover. Simple, right? Or vice-versa. That'd be okay, too.

Bethesda's Doom poll is open for four days, while Doom itself will be out in 71 days, which is May 13.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.