DOOM open beta announced; DLC detailed

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People who pre-ordered Wolfenstein: The New Order have been blasting their way around Doom's closed beta since March 31. Soon everyone will be able to join them: open beta falls April 15-18, no codes required.

For the duration, you'll be able to play Team Deathmatch and Warpath (a moving king of the hill mode) on the Heatwave and Infernal maps.

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Three DLC packs will follow launch on May 13 and, depending on how Bethesda handles matchmaking between owners and non-owners, their contents may not be well received. The first pack which goes live in summer includes:

  • Three new maps
  • One new weapon
  • One new playable demon
  • One new armour set
  • One new piece of equipment
  • New hack modules and taunts
  • New customization colours and patterns

Historically, splitting a playerbase with premium maps has not been advisable, but we're also promised free updates in the form of game modes and expansions of the SnapMap level editor. Should you want a season pass, it'll run you up £30/$40. Individually, DLC is £12/$15.

Having made their way into the closed beta, Tom and Phil can clue you in on the good, the bad and the demons.