John Romero releases another new Doom WAD


Doom and Quake co-creator John Romero recently launched a Kickstarter for a new shooter called Blackroom. But apparently he still has some free time on his hands, because he's just released yet another new WAD for the original Doom called The Inmost Dens.

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Also known by the more prosaic E1M4b, it's the second WAD Romero has put out this year, and like the updated E1M8 he dropped in January, it can be downloaded free. It seems a little more forgiving than that map, though—it didn't kick my ass as immediately, harshly, and repeatedly, anyway.

The new WAD comes with instructions for installing and running it, and even a bit of a story: “With the Toxin Refinery in the rear-view, you make your way to Phobos Mission Control where the computers crunching the data from the Phobos Anomaly are located. You need to use them to gain access to the Phobos Lab, but remember hearing that the computers were tied into all areas of the installation and that you never knew when the environment around you would change. You need to keep your eyes alert to all movement—this place is not what it seems...”

Grab it from Dropbox.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.