All DOOM DLC packs now free, multiplayer progression gets overhauled, free weekend kicks off

Yip, you read that right. One of the most exciting shooters I’ve played in years, recipient of our sexy Editors Choice award and the proud owner of an equally sexy score of 90, just got even better.

id Software announced and released DOOM‘s 6.66 update yesterday, and it’s the most exciting one to date. The update will unlock all paid DLCs for everyone, revise the game’s multiplayer progression system, and include a host of other cool tweaks and additions. Oh, you can also try the game for free this weekend and will be treated to a massive discount if you decide to buy. Yaaaas.

The announcement was made over on Bethesda’s official blog, where all of the things were detailed. It looks a little something like this.

Free the DLC: Previously only available to those of us with deep pockets, the three multiplayer expansions released for the game are now free to download for everyone. This includes Unto The Evil, Hell Followed, and Bloodfall which includes “nine of our best maps, three additional guns, three additional playable demons, new equipment, armour sets and more”, explains the blurb. “That’s on top of the modes and features, like bot support, that players have been enjoying since late last year.”

Out with random unlocks, in with level requirements: Unlocking new things for multiplayer in DOOM has been left up to luck since launch, but after the update, players can work toward the things they want via level requirements and “in-game challenges”. Everyone’s level will be reset to zero, but those of you who have already unlocked or bought items will be given the option of keeping them. Veterans of the game’s multiplayer will also get special badges for their efforts. Full details here.

Perks, better HUD and UI: Update 6.66 will do away with the Hack Module System, and replace it with the Runes System, which gives players “persistent player abilities earned and included in a player loadout”. So, perks. HUD changes include “better callouts for challenges, awards and scoring”, and vastly improved kill cards. “Players will also discover numerous improvements throughout the menus and user interface, including completely revised post-match summaries as well as updates that better illustrate player status in lobbies, highlight the new progression options and status, and better outline weapon, equipment and demon characteristics.”

Free weekend kicks off today: Starting today (20 July), PC and XBO players who haven’t tried the game yet will be able to do so for the duration of the weekend. Those of you on PS4 will have to wait a little longer, as your free weekend starts on 27 July.

Such discount, much deal: DOOM is an absolutely phenomenal game, and it’s even more so when it’s going for only $14.99 (R194).

More details about everything mentioned above over here, and full patch notes here.

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