Doom and Doom 2 on Console Are Getting Free Classic Map Pack Add-Ons

Doom and Doom 2 on Console Are Getting Free Classic Map Pack Add-Ons

Bethesda says "hell yes" to bringing Final Doom to consoles.

Update: Arepresentative for Bethesda reached out to clarify that the Doom and Doom 2 updates adding support for add-ons will come to the Android and iOS in addition to consoles.

The original article continues below.

While many may wish they were celebrating today's 26th anniversary of the original Doom by playing some Doom Eternal, Bethesda has at least delivered good news for of the classic '90s installments. Bethesda has announced that its modern console ports of Doom and Doom 2 will receive free support for installing select add-ons in a future update.

Bethesda community managers Jason Leavey and Joshua Boyle debuted the new add-on feature at around the 49-minute mark of today's Doom anniversary Twitch stream. So far, the only map packs confirmed for the update (which is "coming soon") are TNT: Evilution, The Plutonia Experiment, and Doom co-creator John Romero's Sigil. The former two packs comprise what id Software released as Final Doom in 1996, while Romero independently released Sigil for Doom's 25th anniversary earlier this year.

Leavey and Boyle confirmed that owners of either Doom or Doom 2 will be able to play these add-ons even though the Final Doom map packs utilize features elements exclusive to Doom 2. Hopefully Bethesda will support more than just these three add-ons—while it's probably not worth holding your breath for Chex Quest on Switch, it'd be great if the still-active Doom mod scene on PC could see some of its work come to the console releases.

It looks like a log-in will be required to browse and download these add-ons. When Bethesda launched the re-releases earlier this year, a required login caused headaches for offline players. Logging in has since been made optional, and besides, you're going to need an internet connection to download these levels anyway.

Doom and Doom 2 are available for $4.99 USD on the PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch via their respective digital store fronts. Bethesda is also releasing a $29.99 "Slayers Collection" bundle for PS4 and Xbox One that includes both titles plus Doom 3 and Doom 2016. Doom Eternal's delay to March 20, 2020, means retro Doom fans will need to wait a bit longer before they can pick up the first official port of Doom 64.

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Mathew Olson


Mathew Olson is a writer formerly of Digg, where he blogged and reported about all things under the umbrella of internet culture (including games, of course). He lives in New York, grew up under rain clouds and the influence of numerous games studios in the Pacific Northwest, and will talk your ear off about Half-Life mods, Talking Heads or Twin Peaks if you let him.

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