Doom open beta kicks off this week – here's what's in it

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Unless you preordered Wolfenstein: The New Order or conned your way into the Doom closed beta by other means, you're probably keen to get your hands on it. Thankfully there's an open beta kicking off later this week – April 15, to be precise – and you won't need a code to play it. The new trailer above celebrates this fact while also showcasing all the death, violence and horror the game proudly flaunts.

What's in the open beta? Well, if you've already played the closed beta there's nothing new, but here are the details for newcomers:

Maps: Heatwave and Infernal
Game Modes: 6v6 Team Deathmatch and Warpath
Demon: Revenant
Weapons: Rocket Launcher, Plasma Rifle, Super Shotgun, Vortex Rifle, Static Rifle, Heavy Assault Rifle, and Lightning Gun
Power Weapons: Gauss Cannon
Equipment: Frag Grenade, Personal Teleporter, Siphon Grenade

The beta runs until April 17, leaving id Software a couple of weeks to make some tweaks before the game's May 13 release. A bunch of us have already had some time with the game, and the reception has been mixed so far: the UK team had their concerns, while Evan focused more specifically on the weapons.

Shaun Prescott

Shaun Prescott is the Australian editor of PC Gamer. With over ten years experience covering the games industry, his work has appeared on GamesRadar+, TechRadar, The Guardian, PLAY Magazine, the Sydney Morning Herald, and more. Specific interests include indie games, obscure Metroidvanias, speedrunning, experimental games and FPSs. He thinks Lulu by Metallica and Lou Reed is an all-time classic that will receive its due critical reappraisal one day.