Even before we got a proper look at multiplayer in the new Doom [official site], it was clear that singleplayer would be its strength. It’s a shame Bethesda have only announced a load of multiplayer DLC, and adding new weapons and things across three paid DLC packs does sound weird for an id Software game. But hey, that’s the plan and it’s going ahead. Today publishers Bethesda announced the first pack will hit August 5th with a new pistol, a new playable demon, new maps, and so on.
New free stuff is coming too, mind. A free update tomorrow will bring new multiplayer modes along with more stuff for the SnapMap editor.
Here’s what Bethesda say is in the free update coming tomorrow:
“Exodus is a one-flag capture-the-flag mode with an added twist of constantly moving bases and flags. 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. This update also adds some tremendous tools and fun new capabilities for SnapMap fans, including: customizable 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; 30 brand-new Hell-themed modules; an expanded weapon list; a new playable demon – the Mancubus – as well as a laundry list of improvements to the Community HUB, editor and logic capabilities.”
Here, you can see a lot of that in this here new video:
Doom’s servers will go offline for three hours tomorrow while the update is deployed, between around 5pm and 8pm UK time. XP rewards will be doubled for the weekend after that.
As for the first DLC pack, it’s named Unto the Evil. Bethesda explain:
“This package 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 bad-ass robotic armor set with new customization options, new hack modules, taunts and more. Everything in Unto the Evil is usable in all existing maps and modes.”
On the bright side, if at least one player in a party owns the DLC, everyone else gets to play it too. Bethesda’s fancy name for this is ‘PartyPlay’.
Bethesda have said before that DLC packs will cost £11.99/14,99€/$14.99 each. The DLC season pass covering all three is £29.99/39,99/$39.99. Yeah, I know – weird. Though I still find Quake III’s Team Arena expansion weird. We old people are weird.