John Romero's new Doom episode, Sigil, is out now for free

John Romero, one of the creators of Doom (opens in new tab), has released his unofficial fifth episode for the shooter, and you can play it now for free.

Sigil (opens in new tab) comprises nine new, labyrinthine levels for the original Doom. Each contains “more detail” than the levels in episodes 1-4, but Romero says they should feel like they “belong in the original game as if they were a true fifth episode”. They're playable in singleplayer, co-op and deathmatch.

The story directly follows on from episode 4: Earth is overrun with monsters and it's your job to teleport to Hell and confront the Satanic source before returning to Earth a hero. It's an excuse to blast waves and waves of demons, basically, which is fine with me. 

The Megawad—the name given to particularly large Doom mods—is completely free if you don't mind a MIDI soundtrack, but you can also spend €6.66 (roughly $7.50/£6) on a version with a metal soundtrack from guitarist Buckethead.

It was supposed to be out in February, but was pushed back a few times (opens in new tab) because of delays to the physical edition. Now that it's here, you can buy it on its official website (opens in new tab).

Samuel Horti

Samuel Horti is a long-time freelance writer for PC Gamer based in the UK, who loves RPGs and making long lists of games he'll never have time to play. He's now a full-time reporter covering health at the Bureau of Investigative Journalism. When he does have time for games you may find him on the floor, struggling under the weight of his Steam backlog.