Id Software Adds New Modes To 'Doom' With Free Update, Introduces PartyPlay Feature With 'Unto The Evil' DLC

The team at id Software isn’t finished with Doom just yet. After the launch of the game’s first free update and added support for the Vulkan API, the studio is coming out with a second batch of free content tomorrow as well as a sneak peek of the first piece of paid downloadable content (DLC), which comes out on August 5.

Free Stuff

As expected, the free update contains new features for online multiplayer and the SnapMap editor. Two new modes are available for gameplay: Exodus is a one-flag, capture-the-flag mode that has moving bases and flag points; and Sector provides objective zones for you to capture and hold to score points. You can play the two game modes on current and upcoming maps.

If level creation is more of your preference, then you can try out the new SnapMap features such as the ability to customize the weapon wheel and set jump pads (you can also dictate the pad’s launch distance, speed and direction). There is also a new playable character, a demon called the Mancubus, 30 Hell-themed modules and an increased weapon list.

Next Week

The first paid DLC for Doom, titled Unto the Evil, arrives on August 5. In addition to three playable maps and a playable demon called The Harvester, you’ll get to use the new EMG Mark V pistol, equipment for the kinetic mine and a new set of armor. Even if you don’t buy the DLC pack, there’s still a way for you to play online with the new set of maps.

The studio is testing out a new feature called PartyPlay with the launch of Unto the Evil. If you didn’t buy the new DLC, but someone in your party purchased it, you can still play try out the latest maps. The same feature also works if you bought the pack, but your friends in your party haven’t purchased it. Obviously, this works as a sneak peek for interested buyers. PartyPlay works with the new maps only, so if you want to try out the new weapon, character and armor, you’ll have to purchase Unto the Evil.

More On The Way

Unto the Evil is the first of three planned DLC packs for Doom. However, id Software will continue to add more free content for the game. For multiplayer, the studio is working on three free-for-all modes in addition to the heavily-requested deathmatch gameplay. If you want to stick to the single-player campaign, there will soon be a score mode with leaderboards so that you can compare your performance with other players. The team didn’t provide a specific release date, but the new game modes should come “later this summer.”

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Developerid Software
PublisherBethesda Softworks
PlatformsWindows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
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Release DateMay 13, 2016
  • BrownRecluse27
    Oh yeah baby!
  • junkeymonkey
    id Software, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, has provided technical, design and artistic

    so its not ''true id as we know it just in name that's about it no carmack = no id
  • chicofehr
    most people want campaign dlc. they are abviosly not listening to the customers.
  • spigias
    the above statement is correct
  • 0InVader0
    CTF does look interesting - especially because the game mode will make sense out of loadouts for once! Different setups for flag runners, mid-fields and defenders sounds logical.

    But more than anything, I want more single player maps.
  • Blackbird77
    Coop in offline mode anyone?
  • toddybody
    "No carmack = no id"

    Thank heavens that clown is gone. Yes, he was instrumental in the early days...but the nightmare that was id Tech 5 is unforgivable. He's not the golden boy genius so many people make him out to be. DOOM (2016) was flat out superb, and they didn't need him in the least to make it that way.
  • floppyedonkey
    Virtually useless, since there is no anti cheat system and the game is rampant with hackers.
  • Quarkzquarkz
    What about free-for-all? Jeezus.. the pinnacle of how doom started off . Why aren't there deathmatch free for all? Just boggles the mind.. =(
  • wifiburger
    You know games these days evolved to be "interactive media" ->
    Good story with unique gameplay not just original Doom running on new graphics very boring