The long-awaited Version 3 descends tonight, and its arrival, along with a few other top games this fall, is expected to juice up the gaming industry. (Related story: Doom 3 could be groundbreaking like its predecessors)
Best Buy stores in Plano, Texas; Richfield, Minn.; New York; Los Angeles; Sterling, Va.; and White Marsh, Md., are hosting exclusive midnight sales events Monday night, and other retailers follow throughout the week.
Initial shipments ($54.99; rated mature, for ages 17 and older) of the PC game could approach 1 million; total sales of at least 4 million are expected. That’s way beyond sales for a typical PC game but short of all-time best seller The Sims (more than 8 million). A version for the Microsoft Xbox is due later this year.
It took nearly four years for the second follow-up to the 1993 first-person shooting classic to reach stores.
“Doom 3 is a sure-fire hit,” says analyst David Cole of research firm DFC Intelligence.
That’s good news for a slumping industry; PC game sales last year dropped to $1.2 billion from $1.4 billion in 2001 and 2002. Computer makers and graphics card companies also stand to benefit as gamers trade up or upgrade systems so the game looks better."