Doom demo will be available for one week only; SnapMap and multiplayer updates incoming

After disappearing from the gaming landscape for nearly a decade, Doom is back, and id Software’s reboot/sequel is a huge hit with gamers everywhere. But owing to the franchise’s shareware past, the developer wants to invite everyone to try out a free demo of Doom’s first level, which is now available to download on the PC, PS4, and Xbox One. But there’s a catch, the demo will only be available this week.

If you already own Doom, id Software is planning a number of new additions to the game. The SnapMap feature will be expanded with a new “Hell” visual theme, along with new props, objects, weapons, and items. New functionality will also be added to SnapMap to allow for the creation of “true single-player experiences.”

Over on the multiplayer side, id Software has brought the development of the game’s multiplayer mode in-house, and will release two new modes in the coming weeks: Exodus (Capture the Flag) and a “multi-zone capture and hold mode” known as Sector. And later this Summer, three Free-For-All modes will be added to Doom’s multiplayer, including Classic Deathmatch.

The developer is also working on Doom’s first premium DLC Map Pack, Unto the Evil, which will be available next month. Unto the Evil will include three new maps (“Offering,” “Cataclysm,” and “Ritual”), as well as a new demon (The Harvester), gun, equipment item, armor set, and more.

All SnapMap and multiplayer updates will be available for free, but the Unto the Evil Map Pack is a paid download.

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