DOOM Reboot To Get Open Beta Next Week Along With 40 USD Season Pass

Written by Jon Sutton on Wed, Apr 6, 2016 5:30 PM
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DOOM. For many a foundation course in mod making, map design, and online gaming. Its presence is still felt today, with hundreds of unique maps still coming out every year, shared for free by millions. That was 25 years ago though and things have changed. The upcoming DOOM reboot is getting the inevitable post-launch DLC, arriving in three premium paid content packs forming the DOOM season pass. That’s all despite the much-touted SnapMap features, which id has been keen to demonstrate offers almost limitless potential for map design.

That will raise a few eyebrows for those considering a purchase, but at the very least you can get a good idea of what you’re getting yourself into with the announcement of the DOOM Open Beta. It’s going to be running from April 15th-18th on all platforms; PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will not require any codes or preorders to access.

With any luck that means it’ll also be an opportunity for PC gamers to finally fiddle with DOOM’s advanced graphics options. This was locked away for the recent Closed Beta so we’re keen to see just how scalable its performance is.

That’s all kicking off in about 9 days’ time, and it’s going to provide access to same TDM and Warpath game modes and Heatwave and Infernal maps that the Closed Beta did.

Back to the DOOM Season Pass though, and it’s going to set you back $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99, or $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99 for each pack individually. Best grab it quick if you want it as well, just in case it takes a price hike after launch...

Each of three packs will come with the three new maps, a new weapon, playable demon, armour set, a piece of equipment, new hack modules and taunts, and new customisation colours and patterns. To clarify as well, that means no single-player content will be included in the season pass, so stay from this if you're just dabbling with that. 

There you have it then, a stark contrast between 1993 and 2016, but that’s how it is now. Does the Season Pass cause you to rethink your DOOM purchase? Does SnapMap make the new maps redundant? Will you be picking this up? Let us know!

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22:13 Apr-07-2016

the price for this season pass will lowered and all you have to do is...:dont buy it :P

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19:46 Apr-07-2016

I'm getting this for the Single player first and foremost, while expecting some light multiplayer on the side. Season passes are dumb when you don't know what you're getting, but I doubt Bethesda would let them cock it up royally before it launches. Fingers crossed

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20:38 Apr-07-2016

yeah, I was gonna say that Bethesda doesn't really crap out like that :D
Have you tried DOOM MP yet? I loved it! (but then again, I like Quake III Arena and Quake Live xD)

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17:33 Apr-08-2016

I haven't, I'm excited for the open beta next week. I bought Wolfenstein, but back in December, not sure if I qualify for the early beta. Mostly looking forward to testing my rig against Doom to see how it runs.

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11:31 Apr-07-2016

My first FPS games were doom 1&2, quake 1 when i was but a mere squeeker and thats where my passion for shooters began. I am going to tell you that i have loved both games to the point i'm a fanboy of the series. I wet my pants when i heard they were bringing out a new doom and even began crying with joy when i saw the trailer. This BS DLC right here is a deal breaker, the game already costs R800 on steam and the DLC is about R600, totaling R1400. HAHAHA. Thats just under 1/4 of my salary and half of what i take home after expenses. You done gone and fdit up.. well done. Come back when you decide to not sell me half a game. P.s if the BFG is a dlc, you best start praying.

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10:44 Apr-07-2016

I understand this scam....Woops! I meant ''business practice''
Seriously though, 10$ or 50$ whats the point of purchasing season passes? I wanna see the faces of those people who purchase them, probably empty souls

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10:03 Apr-07-2016

I do not buy season passes and never will. DLC is typically a bad practice because most companies fail to do it right. Typically by taking away from the base game in favor of DLC which is exactly what activision did with Destiny and a major part of why I refuse to even look at the game.


DLC should only add to a game not take away from it. Ever.

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03:25 Apr-07-2016

Obviousll, any true Doom fan will be disappointed by the season pass cost, but being modern gamers as well, aren't surprised a bit. DLC with single-player content will be important; I'd like them to have one with a campaign similar in atmosphere to Doom 3. As for MP maps? Well, Steam Workhop will most likely be filled to bursting point with player made content.

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04:58 Apr-07-2016

What i don't get is, Arena Shooters used to have dozens of maps. This genre doesn't need highly detailed maps which means you can mass produce maps. DOOM 4 will also have a map builder. What will they sell for $40?

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00:53 Apr-10-2016

The usual crap that they push for MP: special ammo, unique weapons, short-term OP abilities, skins, character models, gold-plated name slates, voodooo chicken bones, and romantic performance enhancers, etc.

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20:48 Apr-06-2016

So what was the point of the exclusive closed beta then..? I feel ripped off...

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19:11 Apr-06-2016

This is why i will wait for Steam Sales. All hail Steam Sales!

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18:53 Apr-06-2016

Hi, I'm from the future and I'm here to tell you that computer hardware will require paid DLF (Downloaded Firmware) for the following actions,


$19.99 To overclock CPU's frequency
$69.99 To have access to all full 4 Cores
$129.99 To have all 8 Threads accessible


$9.99 To Overclock RAM's frequency
$15.99 To download more RAM (lol)
$89.99 To overclock GPU's frequency
$.50 To increase GPU fans speed by 15%
$.75 To increase GPU f-
Please pay to continue reading.

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19:09 Apr-06-2016

Nice :D, but we will use more then 4 cores in future

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19:31 Apr-06-2016

Not entirely true, in the future some CPUs have super cores. The single core performances are outstandingly incomparable to today's CPUs.

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18:27 Apr-06-2016

WAIT A SECOND!
So I'm only saving FIVE EUROS if I don't get the season pass and instead wait for the DLC to actually come out so I can decide if I actually want that content?
That's a little little for how much trust I have to throw your direction Bethesda.
Also this smells like holding content back to sell it later for extra cash...
So far I considered Doom to be a must buy for me. Now it looks like I can wait.

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18:06 Apr-06-2016

The art of ripping off gamers is getting more refined with each passing year!

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17:44 Apr-06-2016

The season pass sounds like stuff that should already be in the game, lol they want me to pay for stuff that should already be in the base game? AHAHAHAHAHAHA

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18:16 Apr-06-2016

in order to have sandwitch with meat and else. Bread 1$ meat+else=2$. Its the same thing.

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18:37 Apr-06-2016

Lol more like i bought a bacon cheeseburger, and they're still charging me for the cheese and bacon.

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