Bethesda held a poll last week to determine which of two new (less banal) images would serve as the reverse sleeve art for Doom, the upcoming reboot of the classic id Software FPS. And the internet, as they say, has spoken.
Here it is – the new reverse sleeve cover for DOOM #VoteLikeHell. Thanks for voting! pic.twitter.com/4cZZr1wJTEMarch 7, 2016
More than 62,000 votes were cast, two-thirds of them for the modernized take on the original Doom cover. For the record, I cast my ballot for the other option, the subtler, more sinister “Black Baphomet” image, but even just a few hours after the poll began, the writing was on the wall.
I bear no bitterness over the loss of my chosen champion, but I do maintain a stubborn hopefulness that the chosen reverse sleeve will become the official front cover of the Doom box instead, and that the second-place finisher will be made the reverse—and that the cover as it currently stands is left to fade into memory, lost amidst a hazy blur of hulking dudes with gigantic guns. Not that I expect that to actually happen, but dare to dream, right?
Doom comes out on May 13.