There’s no other game on the planet that even comes close to how influential 1993’s Doom is. Almost every single video game on the planet owes something to id Software’s original classic.
FPS games were called ‘Doom clones‘ for years, and it was installed on more computers than Windows in the early 90s. Doom also bought modding to the mainstream, and it still boasts a thriving modding scene to this very day.
Yesterday, the 10th of December, was Doom’s 25th anniversary. John Romero, legendary game designer and one of the original architects of Doom, isn’t about to let that go without a celebration.
Yesterday, Romero announced his latest project: 18 brand-new Doom levels under the name ‘SIGIL’ – free of charge. Half of these new levels are single-player affairs intended as an unofficial sequel to Ultimate Doom‘s fourth chapter ‘Thy Flesh Consumed’. The other half are multiplayer maps. By the way, Doom’s iconic multiplayer is still playable!
I'm excited to announce the project that I've been working on: SIGIL, an unofficial spiritual successor to The Ultimate DOOM's 4th episode! Read about it here: https://t.co/bVDrRntSqG #johnromero #romerogames #sigil #doom#pcgaming #pcgames #buckethead #retrocollection
— 𝕵𝖔𝖍𝖓 𝕽𝖔𝖒𝖊𝖗𝖔 (@romero) December 10, 2018
SIGIL is scheduled for release in mid-February of 2019, and you’ll need a “original 1993 registered version of Doom” to play it. Whether that means you can use it with the Steam release of Ultimate Doom is up in the air.
The mod will also be released as a boxed game, like like ‘big box’ PC games of old. The contents of the high-tier ‘Beast Box of SIGIL’ box are below, and more information is available on John Romero’s website. Note that ‘megawad’ is Doom community jargon for a fan-made pack of 15 or more levels:
- A beautiful demonic over-sized box, inspired by the id Anthology™ box, individually numbered and signed personally by John Romero and featuring the artwork of Christopher Lovell.
- A 16GB 3-1/2-inch floppy disk-themed USB that includes the free megawad data and extras.
- A 2-disc booklet styled case that includes the free megawad data and full soundtrack by Buckethead and behind-the-scenes information on the original game and the megawad’s development.
- A beautiful 8″ x 10″ art print signed by the illustrator, Christopher Lovell.
- A SIGIL-themed coin.
- A pewter statue of John Romero’s head on a spike.
- An XL-sized SIGIL T-shirt.
- 2 stickers: 1 SIGIL and 1 Romero Games.