id Software's design director Matt Hooper has offered a response of sorts to the alleged Doom 4 screenshot leak of a few days ago.
The images in question show a range of ruined urban areas, some of them racked by fiery cataclysms. Characters and big juicy weapons are conspicuous by their absence, but keen-eyed id Software fans have picked up on some telling details.
Asked to explain the presence of a poster similar to one you may have encountered in Rage, id Software's last release, Hooper Tweeted: "those images have nothing to do with what you're gonna see in Doom4. When we officially show things you'll see awesome."
Good to know. We can't help but notice, however, that Hooper stops just a little bit short of denying the leak's authenticity. Is it possible we're looking at early environment shots, long out-dated but still a solid indication as to Doom 4's setting?
If questions hang over the images, you can probably wash your hands of the accompanying cancellation rumour. As Bethesda's Pete Hines puts it: "DOOM 4 isn't cancelled. When we're ready to talk about it and show it off, we'll let everyone know."