Doom Free Update #5 Adds Bots, New 'Infernal Run' Mode, Higher Level Cap

Article by George Norman (Cybersecurity Editor)

on 08 Dec 2016

Free Update 5 for Doom adds even more top-requested features to the award-winning and brutally fun first person shooter. As you can see in the full release notes below, the update has quite a lot to offer.

Out of all the new bits and pieces the update introduces, 3 main features stand out: bots, a new game mode called Infernal Run, and a higher level cap.


Doom players have been asking for bots ever since the game was in Beta. Now they have them. Free Update 5 makes bots available for Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch modes.

Infernal Run

Infernal Run is a new competitive multiplayer mode that reminds me of Rocket League. Teams have to fight to get the "ball" and take it into the opponent’s goal to score.

Echelon 11

And the third main feature that Free Update 5 introduces is a new level cap: multiplayer rank has been extended to Echelon 11. To help you reach it, Doom’s offering double the XP in multiplayer from now until December 12 at 12PM ET. And once you reach this new highest ranking, you will unlock the Doom Marine Armor.

"Be the envy of your peers by equipping the signature Praetor Suit, a reflection of the blood, sweat and… even more blood that you’ve shed in battle,” said Bethesda’s Jason Leavey. "The DOOM Marine Armor has also been added to SnapMap, along with more elements from the campaign, allowing you to play and create even more campaign-like experiences in DOOM. We’ve also added Lazarus Lab–themed modules, new props and other features."

Doom Free Update 5 Release Notes

  • Added new game mode, Infernal Run – teams fight to obtain the ball and score in the opponent’s goal.
  • Added Bots for multiplayer – bots are available on original multiplayer maps in Team Deathmatch and Deathmatch game modes.
  • Increased the maximum level cap to Echelon 11, level 50.
  • Added the DOOM Marine Armor (Praetor Suit) as unlockable perk for achieving maximum multiplayer level cap.
  • Resolved an issue where rapid controller input caused unusually high shotgun damage.

  • You can now play as the DOOM Marine in Praetor Suit Armor
  • Added over 30 Lazarus Lab–themed modules
  • Added Lazarus Lab–themed props
  • Improved Object Limits
  • Persistent Integer variables that can be passed between missions within a campaign
  • Save and restore your health/armor/ammo/weapons/equipment/max weapon slots/inventory
  • Added the ability to Get and Set Score
  • You can now access the Leaderboard Score in the HUD
  • Added new (first-person view) Player Camera Entity
  • Added camera rumble FX and sounds
  • Added new player modifiers – ledge grab time, power-up time, barrel damage, equipment cool down.
  • Plasma weapon mastery
  • Additional single-player Interactables
  • New single-player styled Objective HUD
  • Added single-player Compass
  • General single-player consistency pass on HUD
  • Added more POI options – show distance, show on compass.
  • Updated victory and post-match summary screens
  • More interactable and customizable GUI
  • Added animated Echo Events
  • Added new FX/hazards
  • Added % encounter complete listener to encounters
  • Ability to remove AI from finished encounters and events
  • Ability to remove unspawned AI from the AIC
  • Added ability to turn off bobbing on pickups to place them however you want
  • Editor improvement to hide/show types of objects
  • Editor improvement to lock rotation when moving objects
  • Editor improvement to disable snapping of objects to the floor
  • Added armor Customizations and Taunts

Play Doom for free

Doom isn’t free, it is a $60 game. There is a way to play it for free though. Get the Doom Demo from Steam, Microsoft Store or PlayStation Store and you’ll get to play the first level for free.

In related news…

At The Game Awards 2016, Doom did not win Game of the Year. Another shooter claimed that award, mainly Blizzard’s Overwatch. Doom won two other awards: Best Action Game and Best Music/Sound Design.

"This has been an incredible ride," said Game Director Marty Stratton while accepting the Best Action Game award. "Doom is a game that everybody knows to be relentless, and that’s because the team that made it has been relentless for the last three years."

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