No, Doom is not taking place in 2022
Does the original 1993 Doom take place in 2022? There’s a rumor floating around that it does, with evidence pointing to reference docs mentioning Doom’s first setting – however, according to one of the game’s creators, that’s not the case at all. .
It’s now the far-futuristic year of 2022, and we’re starting to catch up on a lot of older movies, TV shows, and games set in the future. We’ve already passed Blade Runner (2019) and the Cyberpunk 2077 tabletop game was originally based on (2020) – and now, according to internet legend, we’re in the year of Doom.
Supposedly, the original Doom storyline takes place in March 2022, which of course is spread on the internet. The source for this date goes back to the manual for the SNES version of the game, which clearly states March 15, 2022 on the cover. However, this date is not mentioned in the PC version of Doom.
FPS magazine E1M1 took this straight up and asked one of Doom’s creators – designer John Romero – if the rumor was true and if Doom is set in 2022. Romero confirms that “no, it isn’t.” is not”, and that it is wrong as the SNES manual was not created by id Software, the same goes for non-canon. Doom is not set in 2022.
“No it’s not. It was the SNES manual we didn’t write.” —John Romero
We consider this myth BROKEN. pic.twitter.com/rJkbM7Erwr
— E1M1 Magazine (@E1M1magazine) January 22, 2022
So that rumor is officially over, even though we’re only four years away from the Doom movie at this point. As for John Romero, he is currently working on a sequel to his epic Doom Sigil mod, which this time will be released as a mod for Doom 2.