Back in 2016, leading up to the release of that year’s Doom, claymation artist Lee Hardcastle released “Claycat’s DOOM” which rather magically recreated an intense first person firefight in this unique art form. Now Hardcastle has returned to the idea once again in in preparation for the release of Doom Eternal this week.
“Claycat’s DOOM ETERNAL”, embedded below, managed to capture the feel of the original and suitably impress. It’s very clear that a ridiculous amount of work was done here to create just under three minutes of content.
What’s particularly impressive here is the similarities to the game. Not only has Hardcastle recreated many of the new and returning demons, but even smaller things like the animations for Glory Kills have been retained. If you’ve been watching pre-release content of Eternal you may notice these in action to see how well they’ve been rendered in claymation.
While we’ve come to expect this kind of quality from larger studios in film and TV, it’s endlessly impressive that Hardcastle is creating this content for YouTube. Outside of the Doom content linked on this page, we highly recommend checking out similar videos for The Exorcist, Eraserhead, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and more.
Before hitting play below we have to provide some warnings. Firstly, even though this is clay, it’s still extremely violent and gory. If you have a weak stomach, or you’re watching with those who do, maybe look away. During the section of the video that is presented in “first person”, many may experience motion sickness too.
Doom Eternal launches 20th March on PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One (a Nintendo Switch port is coming later) and reviews will be out shortly before then.