Doom Timeline and Chronology

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Since the older games are obviously out of date, we recommend starting with the 2016 reboot.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.

entries

ChronologicalSeriesBuyTitleTypeAuthorReleased

1

Original Series

Game

Tom Hall

1993-12-10

2

Other

Film

David Callaham
Wesley Strick

2005-10-17

Only loosely based on the game.

3

Original Series

Game

1994-10-10

4

Other

Novel

Brad Linaweaver
Dafydd ab Hugh

1995-08-01

5

Other

Novel

Brad Linaweaver
Dafydd ab Hugh

1995-08-01

6

Other

Novel

Brad Linaweaver
Dafydd ab Hugh

1996-06-01

7

Other

Novel

Brad Linaweaver
Dafydd ab Hugh

1996-06-01

8

Original Series

Game

1996-06-17

9

Original Series

Game

1997-04-04

10

Original Series

Game

Matthew J. Costello

2004-08-03

11

Other

Novel

Matthew Costello

2008-02-26

12

Other

Novel

Matthew Costello

2009-03-31

13

Original Series

Game

2005-09-13

14

Original Series

Game

2009-06-26

15

Original Series

Game

2009-11-23

16

Series Reboot

Game

Adam Gascoine

2016-05-13

Formerly Doom 4. Reboot of the franchise.

17

Series Reboot

Game

Adam Gascoine

2017-12-01

A VR version of portions of the 2016 Doom.

18

Series Reboot

Film

Tony Giglio

2019-10-01

Unclear what continuity this takes place in, if any.

19

Series Reboot

Game

2020-03-20

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