Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal certainly know how to play up the core tenets the franchise, but there's one detail from id Software's early installment that they've held back on: muscles. In a bit of intra-series cross promotion from publisher Bethesda, anyone who owns a recent console port of Doom (1993), Doom 2, or Doom 3 with Slayers Club integration can link their Bethesda.net accounts to unlock retro-inspired skins for Doom Eternal. They're all variations on the classic Doom Marine, who rocks short-sleeved crop-top body armor to show off his righteous guns and abs.
There's something of a subtle Doom keycard color-scheme vibe going on with the classic skins: the first Doom gets a muted blue "Indigo" skin, Doom 2 gets a yellowy "Bronze," and Doom 3—which ditched the classic Doom Marine design, mind you—gets plain old "Red." Each game also unlocks a corresponding box-art nameplate in Doom Eternal.
The new game update for DOOM and DOOM II is available now, including audio, lighting and performance improvements.— DOOM (@DOOM) September 26, 2019
By linking your Slayers Club account in-game, you'll earn unique skins for use in DOOM Eternal at launch. pic.twitter.com/g1P4GicRg6
The Doom Eternal skin announcement coincides with the release of a much-requested patch for the ports of Doom and Doom 2 that aims to fix a variety of issues, some of which stemmed from earlier porting work that carried over to these recent releases. Levels should be darker to match the games' MS-DOS releases and the music should also be a better recreation of the original MIDI renditions, down to the specific hardware it was recorded from.
Releasing these Doom Eternal skins as a Slayers Club benefit is maybe something of a mea culpa for how the ports launched. Players who bought the ports were annoyed to discover that the games required a Bethesda.net account to play. A subsequent update included an option to skip the requirement, and now you at least get something for the trouble of entering your credentials.
Doom and Doom 2 are available for $4.99 USD and on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. Doom 3 is a bit pricier on all three systems at $9.99 USD. The Switch will receive a port of Doom 64 on November 22, which is the same day that Doom Eternal launches for the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch.