Doom gets demon DLC and free new modes this week

Doom

The speed of updates for Doom keep rocketing along at the pace of a suited up dude with a super shotgun and bad intentions. We can now center the gun like in old-school Doom, and the game just got its Vulcan API update, letting us squeeze more frames-per-second out of our creaking hardware. Now it’s time for more. 

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Doom’s Free Update 2, as it’s called, adds two new multiplayer modes. “Exodus is a one-flag capture-the-flag mode with an added twist of constantly moving bases and flags,” says the official announcement. “Sector is an objective-based capture-and-hold mode where players compete to take control of zones and then hold them to score points. Both modes can be played on any existing or future maps.”

SnapMappers will also get access to 30 new Hellish modules, a customisable weapon wheel functionality – so players can carry and select multiple weapons, just like the campaign – jump pads with logic to set distance, speed and direction, an expanded weapon list, and the Mancubus, a new playable demon.

To celebrate the new stuff, all landing tomorrow, July 29, there’s also a double XP weekend running from tomorrow.

Later still, Doom DLC is coming next week, albeit for multiplayer.Unto the Evil includes three new multiplayer maps, a brand-new playable demon called The Harvester, a new weapon (the EMG Mark V pistol), the new Kinetic Mine equipment, a robotic armour set with new customisation options, new hack modules, taunts and more.

You might not even have to buy the DLC. If you’re in a party with a friend who owns it, thanks to PartyPlay, you will also have access. “Here’s how it works: If you haven’t purchased the premium DLC and a map comes up that you don’t have, but you’re currently in a party with another player who has purchased the DLC, you’ll be allowed to continue playing,” says the announcement.

“Conversely, if you have purchased a premium DLC pack, anyone in your party can play any of the maps from the DLC as long as they’re with you.”

As for the future, id Software are currently hard at work on an arcade-style scoring mode with leaderboards for the campaign maps. There are also three new free-for-all modes coming later this summer including the highly requested deathmatch – not to mention additional updates, premium DLC and free SnapMap features and content.