Doom Update 6.66 Unlocks All Multiplayer DLCs for Free
Article by George Norman
On 21 Jul 2017
Unto the Evil, Hell Followed and Bloodfall, the 3 multiplayer DLCs that used to cost money, are now free for anyone who owns the brutally fun first person shooter, Doom.

And that’s not all that Update 6.66 has to offer. A few other changes stand out, like the completely revised multiplayer progression system, the new Runes system that replaces the Hack Modules, and the overhauled user interface.

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All multiplayer DLCs for free

When Bethesda announced the Doom Open Beta, it presented its plans for the post-launch content it had in the works: three premium multiplayer DLCs that would cost $15 each or $40 if you got the Season Pass. Each DLC introduced new maps, new armor and weapons, new hack modules, and so on.

If you stayed away from these DLCs because you had better things to do with your money, then I have some very good news for you. The latest Doom update, the fiendishly named Update 6.66, unlocks all three multiplayer DLCs.

The Season Pass has been retired and Unto the Evil, Hell Followed and Bloodfall are now available for anyone who owns Doom.



Unto the Evil features 3 maps for DOOM multiplayer: Offering, Cataclysm, and Ritual. In addition, the DLC adds the UAC EMG Pistol as a new weapon, the Kinetic Mine as new equipment, and the Harvester as a new playable demon.



Hell Followed also features 3 new maps, just like Unto the Evil. It also features the Reaper weapon, Threat Pulse, an item that scans for nearby enemies, and Cacodemon as a playable demon.



3 new maps, a Grenade Launcher, the Cultist armor set, and the Spectre Pinky demon.

In all, these DLCs feature 9 maps, 3 extra guns, 3 playable demos, and all sorts of new armor and equipment.


Revised Multiplayer Progression System

Until now, the process of unlocking additional guns, equipment and customization options was random. With Update 6.66, items unlock through specific leveling requirements and/or through in-game challenges that the player has to complete.


All veteran player will be reset to level 0

"We will be resetting all veteran players to level 0," announced Game Director Marty Stratton. "Don’t panic, though – that’s just your level. All veteran players will have the option to completely reset their unlock progression items and experience the new progression system fresh, OR retain all of their existing guns, equipment, demons and customization unlocks that they’ve acquired or purchased and then unlock the remaining items through the revised progression system."

Stratton went on to say that all veteran players will get a special badge as recognition for their previous experience in the game. And any player who managed to get the max Slayer level will get a special Slayer badge.


New Runes System

Doom Update 6.66 replaces the Hack Module System with a new Runes System. Multiplayer Runes work the same as the Runes in campaign mode, giving the player persistent abilities or perks that do not need to be activated and do no expire.


Overhauled in-game HUD

The revised user interface features multiple changes, including revised post-match summaries, better callouts for challenges, awards and scoring, a more accurate kill card that explains how the player died, and more.


Those are the main changes that Update 6.66 brings to the table. If you want to see what else the update has to offer, check out the official patch notes which are listed below.


Doom Update 6.66 Patch Notes

Multiplayer
  • Fixed an issue where textures appeared to glow on the player’s character.
  • Fixed an issue in Multiplayer where players would respawn frozen at the beginning of a Freeze Tag round.
  • Fixed an issue in Multiplayer where parts of the player model appeared transparent in some circumstances.
  • Fixed an issue where players would disconnect from a match under certain conditions.
  • Fixed an issue in Infernal Run where picking up the ball when out of ammo would cause problems with passing or receiving the ball.
  • Fixed an issue with the Multiplayer Challenge “Aimbot Hax” where Reaper Longshots would not count towards challenge completion.
  • Fixed an issue in Multiplayer with inconsistent power item spawns on Outbreak.

SnapMap
  • Added rotate on XYZ axis to the Grab Object manipulate controls
  • Added setting to remove network limitation on single player only maps.
  • Resolved various freeze and crash bugs.
  • Fixed various matchmaking and lobby issues.
  • Fixed visual bugs that result from combining specific HUD elements
  • Fixed various freezes and crashes with using Campaign Model.
  • Fixed coop crash with Bob and Rotate settings.
  • Fixed bug that caused AI to run into blocking volumes set to Block Demons and AI Sight.
  • Improved collision issues causing AI to partially fall into blocking volumes set to Block Demons.

Play Doom for free this weekend

If you’ve yet to play Doom, then you’ll be glad to know that you can do so for free this weekend. PC gamers can get the game from Steam and play it for free until sunday, July 23, at 1PM Pacific Time. Xbox One gamers can get the game from the Xbox Store and play it for free until July 24 at 9PM PDT. And PS4 players... well, they'll have to wait until next weekend, July 27 – 30, to play the game for free.

How does the Doom Free Weekend differ from the Doom Demo which is readily available at any time? Well, the Demo lets you play the first level in Doom’s critically acclaimed Campaign Mode. The Free Weekend lets you play the first two levels and it provides unlimited access to Multiplayer and SnapMap Modes.


Get Doom for half off from Steam and the Microsoft Store

Not only is Doom free to play this weekend, it’s also discounted by 50% on Steam and on the Microsoft Store. This means that you can get the game for $15 instead of $30. That's not bad, especially when you factor in the fact that Doom cost $60 at launch, little over a year ago.

Since the PS4 Free Weekend is scheduled for next week, presumably Doom will be discounted by 50% on the PS Store at that time.




Tags: Bethesda, id Software, Doom, video game, shooter, free weekend, Steam, PC, Microsoft, Xbox One, PS4, Sony, update, Unto the Evil, Hell Followed, Bloodfall
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