Doom Free Update #4 Intros a Feature that Unlocks Everything: Arcade Mode
Article by George Norman
On 20 Oct 2016
Doom, the critically-acclaimed and brutally fun first-person shooter video game, just got another free update. The fourth free update that Bethesda rolled out brings with it several new features, chief among them being the much-anticipated Arcade Mode that unlocks everything – all the guns, all the equipment upgrades, and all the runes.

With Arcade Mode, Bethesda turned Doom’s single player campaign into a fast-paced, competitive, score-based challenge. Your goal is to play through the campaign as best you can and try to earn a high score.


Bethesda’s Jason Leavey explains:

"Play every level with all guns, Runes and equipment upgrades fully unlocked. Customize your DOOM Marine's gear, guns and Praetor suit before each run to see what combinations will give you an edge. Compete against friends and players worldwide for the highest score by attacking demons quickly, avoiding their attacks and grabbing multipliers along the way. This is a perfect opportunity to replay one of the best single-player FPS experiences of 2016, and for the speed runners out there to make their mark. Good luck!".

Free Update #4 has a few other things to offer. Before I list everything that’s included in the update, I want to mention the two new multiplayer modes, Possession and Bloodrush.

Possession is a Marines vs. Prowlers mode where a team of Marines go against several Prowler demons. When a Marine dies, that Marine will respawn as a Prowler.

Bloodrush forces you to manage your Bloodrush meter in order to respawn. The meter drains gradually over time, drains faster the longer the match goes on, and it drains a lot if you die. Kills and assists add to your meter.

And now, here are the patch notes that list everything new in Free Update #4 for Doom.

  • Added Arcade Mode for all players

  • Added the new FFA mode called Bloodrush
  • Added the new team-based, Prowler vs. Marine mode, Possession

  • New DOOM Classic Campaign – Feature Pack Campaign mission including new classic DOOM levels
  • Classic DOOM Content – New classic DOOM modules, props, interactable items, lifts, pickups, sounds, classic player deaths and music

Community Support
  • Community Curation system enabling new maps to be published to be reviewed and recommended by the community
  • Community HUB overhaul to make finding your favorite content easier
  • SnapFeed support allowing users to subscribe to authors, players and maps to get up to the minute details on new content

Custom Environment Creation
  • Detailed hotspot and tiling textured blocking volumes can be used to create custom environments
  • Decal Tool to add blood, numbers, demonic symbols, grime, corrosion, etc. to your maps
  • Massive update of new Hell and UAC environment props
  • New container object models

Additional Logic Tools
  • Copy content and logic from one map to Paste into another
  • Created multi-level campaign using Next Map Logic
  • Added Hazard and FX as a category of Spawners
  • Set color input added for all volumes and hazards
  • Snap Grid Offsets added to editor settings to allow authors to offset in XYZ coordinate space
  • POI can now be set on spawner items
  • Authors can get precise camera position by previewing the camera view within the editor
  • Added set environment and fade to camera properties
  • Authors can set their editor view to ignore current module environment settings
  • Cylinder volumes can be used as shootable triggers
  • Added support for silent (no VO announcements) lockdowns
  • No longer need to set a DOOM ID to post to map leaderboards

Additional DOOM Single Player Consistency
  • Additional DOOM weapon upgrades from Campaign – mastery versions of the HAR and Combat Shotgun
  • Campaign-styled communication HUD elements
  • Editable interactable GUI
  • Additional FX and Hazards
  • Added Rune Tablet interactable
  • Publish maps with Campaign intro screen and lobby
  • Additional equipment pickup items
  • Add Static keycard and weapons props
  • Added setting to disable hit feedback sounds
  • Added setting to disable damage indicators
  • Added setting to disable AI teleport FX
  • Added Berserk powerup

More Stuff
  • Additional Armor and Weapon Customization Skins
  • Revenant Player Demon
  • Usable volumes will now work in the front of doors
  • Blocking Volumes (previously called Player Blocking Volumes) now default to static and visible when placed
  • AI can now be affected by Blocking Volumes
  • Some props can have their FX toggled on and off

Get Doom for half the price

Doom is currently on sale on Steam, as part of a Special Promotion that ends on October 25. You can get the game for a whopping 50% discount.

Doom is on sale on Humble Bundle as well, as part of Bethesda Week. You can get Doom and other Bethesda games for up to 50% off.

Try before you buy

If you want to try Doom before you buy it, get the Doom Demo that is available for free on Steam, Microsoft Store, and PlayStation Store.

Tags: Doom, Bethesda, id Software, game, shooter, Steam, PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Update
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