This Doom Eternal 27-minute speedrun astonishes even the game’s developers

21 April 2020 - 17:45 By Tarryn van der Byl
The latest iteration of the popular FPS game 'Doom' launched last month and broke sales records.
The latest iteration of the popular FPS game 'Doom' launched last month and broke sales records.
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How do you finish a 20-hour game in under 30 minutes? Ask Xamide, a Latvian speedrun god, who has ripped and teared through Doom Eternal in the time it takes most of us mere mortals to kill one marauder.

Watching his recent 27-minute speedrun of the game in an IGN video, Doom Eternal producer Marty Stratton, director Hugo Martin, level design Jerry Keehan and programmer Evan Eubanks were stupefied by Xamide’s “unbelievable” clock time.

'Doom Eternal' is barely a month old and speedrunners have already figured out how to finish the game in under a half hour.

Even more unbelievably, Xamide has since reduced that clock time to 24 minutes and 42 seconds, according to Speedrun.com’s Doom Eternal leaderboard - just over a minute ahead of Pasiflora in second place.

Speedrunners like Xamide use glitches and other exploits, though - so does it even count? Yes, because working out and maxing those glitches and other exploits is an accomplishment on its own.


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