The big new GZDoom update 4.8.1 is out now with a range of new tweaks, fixes, and improvements for the quintessential Doom mods program. Of particular note, however, are some cool mirror effects that essentially allow you to turn the classic FPS game into a vampire game.
There are many fantastic and inventive Doom mods out there, such as a hack-n-slash Shinobi mod, an open-world Fallout-type game, and Fred Durst. There’s even a fantastic first-person recreation of one of the best Castlevania games – which might be perfect for an update to make the most of these new GZDoom features.
You can check out the full patch notes and download for GZDoom 4.8.1 here. There are many welcome improvements, such as further support for the Vulkan renderer, but it’s the new options for mirrors that are particularly intriguing. Aside from improving reflection support within Doom, the update adds the “+ONLYVISIBLEINMIRRORS” and “+INVISIBLEINMIRRORS” flags for modders to use. Essentially, these add the option for characters to either only appear in mirrors or have no reflection in mirrors.
As you might imagine, these tweaks open the door for some possibly terrifying encounters, as if Doom didn’t have creepy enough mods already. While the vampire connotations are fantastic, I particularly love the idea of only being able to see some monsters thanks to their reflections. Imagine a Silent Hill-type Doom mod like that.
Hello hello, #GZDoom 4.8.1 has been released. Enjoy your vampire monsters with the +ONLYVISIBLEINMIRRORS and +INVISIBLEINMIRRORS actor flags 👀
— Nash Muhandes (@NashMuhandes) June 26, 2022
The GZDoom update is available now, and it will probably take Doom modders all of five minutes to start implementing these options in fun new ways.