Doom 64 will have a brand new chapter along with a number of new features and improvements when it is released for modern platforms later this month.
“Persistent players will have the opportunity to unlock a new chapter in the Doomguy’s saga, taking place shortly after [Doom 64’s] original campaign concludes,” Nightdive Studios senior developer James Haley told USgamer.
“The Mother Demon you defeated in that outing had a sister, and since you’ve been messing up Hell non-stop, she tries to get rid of you by sending you away. If you can make your way back and take revenge, you’ll be rewarded with a bit of lore that fans of both series, new and classic, should enjoy.”
Nightdive’s multiplayer developer Edward Richardson also revealed that the Doom 64 rerelease will have autorun toggle, new brightness settings, an option to change the colour of blood from red to green.
The automap can also be navigated with the Switch’s touchscreen and the PS4’s touchpad. Haley added that the Switch and PS4 versions also let you play the game with motion controls. “Using it to fine tune your aim gives a sense of really being there in the moment,” he said.
In the same interview, Doom Eternal’s co-director Marty Stratton revealed that Doom 64’s most powerful weapon, the Unmaker, will be in Doom Eternal. “You get to unlock the Unmaker if you complete all the Slayer Gates, and those are badass combat encounters,” Stratton said.
This isn’t a huge surprise given that id Software’s developers previously told IGN that Doom 64 has had a big influence on Doom Eternal. The developers picked out Doom 64’s dark mood along with the unnerving art and level design that “constantly feels like it’s messing with you,” saying that it translated well to Doom Eternal.
Doom 64 originally came out for the Nintendo 64 back in 1997. It’s now coming to PS4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC on March 20, 2020 as a standalone game. It’s also available as a free bonus if you pre-order Doom Eternal. However, the Switch version of Doom Eternal is delayed, so if you want Doom 64 on March 20 you’ll have to buy it separately.
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