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!