DOOM Open Beta Dated; DLC & Post-Launch Updates Detailed

Bethesda announced today in a press release that there will be a DOOM Open Beta later this month. More specifically, it will run from April 15 to April 18; during this period, "players will simply be able to logon to the platform of their choice and download to access Team Deathmatch and Warpath on the Heatwave and Infernal maps."

This is just a small fraction of what you'll be able to play once the game launches, on May 13, for PC/PlayStation 4/Xbox One. The full game will have six modes (Soul Harvest, Freeze Tag, Warpath, Domination, Team Deathmatch, Clan Arena) and nine maps (Excavation, Infernal, Chasm, Disposal, Helix, Perdition, Sacrilegious, Heatwave, Beneath).

There's more, though - in DOOM, players can actually become a demon in multiplayer and wreak havoc as the Baron of Hell, the Revenant, the Prowler or the Mancubus. Multiplayer modes will also feature power weapons such as the Gauss Cannon, the Chainsaw and the BFG 9000, alongside power-ups like Invisibility, Haste, Regeneration and Quad Damage. That's not counting the SnapMap tool to create and share user generated content and, of course, the single player campaign.

Bethesda also detailed id Software's plans for post-launch support of DOOM, including DLC.

id plans to offer content updates for SnapMap, including map modules; props and objects; additional features and functionality; AI enhancements; editing tool enhancements and more. Multiplayer will also receive content updates in the form of new game modes. Both of these SnapMap and multiplayer updates will be free to use and play.

In addition to the planned free support and content updates, we will also be releasing three premium multiplayer DLC packs after launch, which will get you a number of new maps, hack modules, playable demons, weapons and more. The first DLC will be available this summer and give you access to:

· Three new maps

· One new weapon

· One new playable demon

· One new armour set

· One new piece of equipment

· New hack modules and taunts

· New customization colours and patterns

Each DLC pack will cost $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99, or you can get them all at a discount with the Season Pass for $39.99 / £29.99 / €39.99.

Stay tuned for more on DOOM as its release date approaches.

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