Doom Timeline and Chronology

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The franchise that popularized and basically launched an entire genre of video games, Doom has long been hailed as an innovative (and terrifying) game series. Even today, the new games are equally thrilling. This is the Doom timeline.

What’s on the Doom Timeline?

The Doom franchise is tricky to piece together, because some of the tie-in material takes significant artistic liberty. The chronology is uncertain as a result, but this is the chronological timeline as best we can make it. The novels may or may not tie-in well with the games, and the games themselves follow a limited chronology. The franchise was also rebooted with Doom (previously Doom 4) in 2016. This could launch a new continuity for the franchise.

Doom is primarily a series of first-person-shooter games that take place on Mars, where someone has discovered a portal to hell. The result is an uproar of horror action. As with our other timelines, be sure to let us know if we missed something.

Where to Start?

Since the older games are obviously out of date, we recommend starting with the 2016 reboot. However, the old games are readily accessible, more so than most games of that era, and therefore we still recommend playing those at some point, if only for historical reasons.

And remember, if you like this timeline, be sure to check out our others, such as the Gears of War timeline.

#Get ItNameMediaAuthor/DirectorDateSeriesNotes
1Doom GameTom Hall1993-12-10Original Series
2Doom (film)FilmAndrzej Bartkowiak2005-10-17Only loosely based on the game.
3Doom II: Hell on Earth Game1994-10-10Original Series
4Knee-Deep in the DeadNovelDafydd ab Hugh, Brad Linaweaver1995-08-01
5Hell on EarthNovelDafydd ab Hugh, Brad Linaweaver1995-08-01
6Infernal SkyNovelDafydd ab Hugh, Brad Linaweaver1996-06-01
7EndgameNovelDafydd ab Hugh, Brad Linaweaver1996-06-01
8
Final Doom GameTy Halderman1996-06-17Original Series
9
Doom 64 Game1997-04-04Original Series
10Doom 3 GameMatthew J. Costello2004-08-03Original Series
11Doom 3: World's on FireNovelMatthew Costello2008-02-26
12Doom 3: MaelstromNovelMatthew Costello2009-03-31
13Doom RPG GameJohn Carmack2005-09-13Original Series
14Doom Resurrection GameTom Mustaine, John Carmack2009-06-26Original Series
15Doom II RPG GameKatherine Anna Kang2009-11-23Original Series
16Doom (2016)GameMarty Stratton, Hugo Martin2016-05-13Series RebootFormerly Doom 4. Reboot of the franchise.
17Doom VFRGameMarty Stratton, Hugo Martin2017-12-01Series RebootA VR version of portions of the 2016 Doom.
18Doom: AnnihilationFilmTony Giglio2019-10-01Series RebootUnclear what continuity this takes place in, if any.
19Doom: EternalGameHugo Martin, Marty Stratton2020-03-20Series Reboot