Believe it or not, Doom Eternal came out in 2020! It's nominated for Game of the Year at The Game Awards, even! Whether or not it feels to you like March was a lifetime ago, though, here's a bit of good rippin' and tearin' news: Doom Eternal is joining Xbox Game Pass for PC this week and today sees the launch of a new free Master Level and an accompanying mode.
After joining Game Pass for Xbox consoles in the wake of the Microsoft/Bethesda acquisition news, Eternal will hit the PC catalogue on Dec. 3. That means PC subscribers will get the lore-heavy single player campaign, the multiplayer Battle Mode, and all the free updates released so far come Thursday. Not a bad deal for a game that launched at $60 less than nine months ago.
That means it'll also have today's new Master Level and Classic Mode added as soon as it hits Game Pass. The Master Mode levels are free remixes of levels from the campaign that ramp up the difficulty, and the latest one (bearing the very Doom name "Super Gore Nest") comes with two ways to play. Players can either take in the regular Master Level arsenal for the level or play in "Classic Mode," which sees the Doom Slayer start with just the regular combat shotgun. Just as you would starting fresh on a level in Doom or Doom 2, players then have to collect the stronger weapons and upgrades strewn throughout the rest of the level.
Just as an aside, here, but something about calling this "Classic Mode" rubs me the wrong way. Doom Eternal doesn't have a pistol, and I get why that is, but hell, if I had a shotgun right away for every classic Doom level I tried to beat I might've had an easier first time through (which, I'll admit, was about fifteen years later on the Xbox 360). Sorry, id, but it just isn't "Classic" unless I'm trying to plink away at Hell Knights with a peashooter.
Game Pass for PC isn't the only platform that Eternal's arriving fashionably late on this month. Dec. 8 will also see the game make its debut on Nintendo Switch with a fully native port handled by developers Panic Button.
The first bit of paid single player DLC for Doom Eternal, The Ancient Gods: Part One, is not included for free with Xbox Game Pass. To continue the hellish adventuring, you'll need to cough up some dough—but again, this adds another full FPS campaign to a subscription library that already has most Halo titles, a handful of Battlefields, and Titanfall 2 on it. That's a lot of running and gunning already.