Bethesda and id Software announced today that the second major Doom update is launching tomorrow, July 29, for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.
With the free Update 2, id is adding two new multiplayer game modes: Exodus, a one-flag capture-the-flag mode with an added twist of constantly moving bases and flags, and Sector, 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 current or upcoming maps.
Tomorrow’s update also includes these new tools and capabilities for SnapMap: customizable weapon wheel functionality (so you can carry and select multiple weapons, like in 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; and many improvements to the Community HUB, editor, and logic capabilities.
In celebration of the new update, id is hosting the first Double XP weekend for Doom. It runs from Friday, July 29 at 12pm ET until Monday, August 1 at 12pm ET.
Looking ahead to next week, Unto the Evil, the first paid multiplayer DLC for Doom, will be available on August 5 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, priced at $14.99/£11.99/€14.99.
With everything usable in all existing maps and modes, here’s what to expect from Unto the Evil:
- Three new multiplayer maps: Offering, Cataclysm, and Ritual
- A new player-controlled demon: Harvester
- A new weapon: UAC EMG Pistol
- New equipment: Kinetic Mine
- New ways to customize your DOOM Marine, including additional armor sets, patterns, colors, and taunts
- New hack modules
To keep everyone playing together, a new feature called PartyPlay is being launched, letting those who haven’t purchased the premium DLC to play with those who have – provided you’re in a party with them:
Here’s how it works: If you haven’t purchased the premium DLC and a map comes up that you don’t have, but you’re currently in a party with another player who has purchased the DLC, you’ll be allowed to continue playing. Conversely, if you have purchased a premium DLC pack, anyone in your party can play any of the maps from the DLC as long as they’re with you.
Right now, id is working on an arcade-style scoring mode with leaderboards for the campaign, three new free-for-all modes (including deathmatch) for release later this summer, the remaining two multiplayer DLC packs in the Season Pass, and free SnapMap features and content.