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Doom’s New “Arcade Mode” Is Now Live

The fourth free Doom update that’s now available on Steam means that the mysterious new Arcade Mode is finally live and playable. Arcade Mode unlocks all guns, suit upgrades, and runes, and challenges players to rack up points under a new multiplier-based scoring system “that rewards aggression and accuracy.”

“Play every level with all guns, Runes and equipment upgrades fully unlocked. Customize your Doom Marine’s gear, guns and Praetor suit before each run to see what combinations will give you an edge. Compete against friends and players worldwide for the highest score by attacking demons quickly, avoiding their attacks and grabbing multipliers along the way,” Bethesda explained. “This is a perfect opportunity to replay one of the best single-player FPS experiences of 2016, and for the speed runners out there to make their mark.”

The update also adds a pair of new multiplayer modes, the team-based Possession that pits Marines against Prowlers, and free-for-all Bloodrush that forces players to keep their “Bloodrush meter” filled in order to respawn. New SnapMap content includes Doom Classic Campaign modules, props, sounds, classic player deaths, and other resources, and there’s also a new Community Curation system that “enables newly published maps to be reviewed and recommended by the community.” Topping it all off are a handful of bug fixes, changes, and “additional Doom single player consistency.”

The trailer embedded above also reveals that the second Doom multiplayer DLC, Hell Followed, will be out on October 27. A quick flash of what I assume is gameplay from that DLC, which appears to include a new, deftly-tongued Cacodemon-looking thing, can be seen near the end of the video.

Doom update 4 should download and install automatically, but if for some reason it does not, restarting Steam should do the trick.

For a full rundown of all the features and updates coming on October 19 with Free Update 4, check out the patch notes below:


  • Added Arcade Mode for all players


  • Added the new FFA mode called Bloodrush
  • Added the new team-based, Prowler vs. Marine mode, Possession


New DOOM Classic Campaign

  • Feature Pack Campaign mission including new classic DOOM levels

Classic DOOM Content

  • New classic DOOM modules, props, interactable items, lifts, pickups, sounds, classic player deaths and music

Community Support

  • Community Curation system enabling new maps to be published to be reviewed and recommended by the community
  • Community HUB overhaul to make finding your favorite content easier
  • SnapFeed support allowing users to subscribe to authors, players and maps to get up to the minute details on new content

Custom Environment Creation

  • Detailed hotspot and tiling textured blocking volumes can be used to create custom environments
  • Decal Tool to add blood, numbers, demonic symbols, grime, corrosion, etc. to your maps
  • Massive update of new Hell and UAC environment props
  • New container object models

Additional Logic Tools

  • Copy content and logic from one map to Paste into another
  • Created multi-level campaign using Next Map Logic
  • Added Hazard and FX as a category of Spawners
  • Set color input added for all volumes and hazards
  • Snap Grid Offsets added to editor settings to allow authors to offset in XYZ coordinate space
  • POI can now be set on spawner items
  • Authors can get precise camera position by previewing the camera view within the editor
  • Added set environment and fade to camera properties
  • Authors can set their editor view to ignore current module environment settings
  • Cylinder volumes can be used as shootable triggers
  • Added support for silent (no VO announcements) lockdowns
  • No longer need to set a DOOM ID to post to map leaderboards

Additional DOOM Single Player Consistency

  • Additional DOOM weapon upgrades from Campaign – mastery versions of the HAR and Combat Shotgun
  • Campaign-styled communication HUD elements
  • Editable interactable GUI
  • Additional FX and Hazards
  • Added Rune Tablet interactable
  • Publish maps with Campaign intro screen and lobby
  • Additional equipment pickup items
  • Add Static keycard and weapons props
  • Added setting to disable hit feedback sounds
  • Added setting to disable damage indicators
  • Added setting to disable AI teleport FX
  • Added Berserk powerup

More Stuff

  • Additional Armor and Weapon Customization Skins
  • Revenant Player Demon
  • Usable volumes will now work in the front of doors
  • Blocking Volumes (previously called Player Blocking Volumes) now default to static and visible when placed
  • AI can now be affected by Blocking Volumes
  • Some props can have their FX toggled on and off


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