Doom's Latest Patch Comes with Free DLC

Doom 666

Titled version 6.66 (obviously), the patch makes the three multiplayer DLC packs available to all owners, while introducing a new progression system for the multiplayer. These include, in total, nine whole maps, three weapons, and playable demons - not to mention armor customization options and special abilities.

The developer also replaced the Hack Module System of perks with a Runes System that offers passive benefits ala the single-player campaign.

Doom's new progression system is a major departure from that of old; it ditches random unlocks in favour of guns, demons, equipment, and customisation options that are unlocked on reaching specific levels or via in-game challenges. Now, unlocks will come through specific leveling requirements or in-game challenges. If you don't own Doom, though, this weekend the game will be free on PC and Xbox One, with a free weekend on PS4 marked for next weekend, so you can give it a try then.

To celebrate this move, the game will be free for several days on PC, Xbox One and PS4. To make the game more appealing, the company is ditching the season pass arrangement and unlocking all of the DLC content. Runes won't need to be activated and they don't expire.

As one of Bethesda's premier titles on the market, Doom has garnered plenty of praise and fervent admiration from the gaming community already. The game's multiplayer interface will also see some minor changes like "revised post-match summaries". Veteran players will also be receiving a special badge, and anyone who has made it to the max Slayer level will get recognized with a badge for that as well.

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Also on the "free stuff" front, Doom is getting a free weekend across all platforms.

Fixed an issue in Multiplayer where parts of the player model appeared transparent in some circumstances.

Fixed various matchmaking and lobby issues.

Improved collision issues causing AI to partially fall into blocking volumes set to Block Demons.

End: 11pm CT on Sunday 07/23. If you choose to purchase during the free weekend, all of your progress in campaign and multiplayer is saved and you'll continue right from where you left off.

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