Doom 64 Port Will Include a New Chapter and Quality of Life Updates

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Nightdive Studios revealed that DOOM 64’s upcoming port will include an exciting new chapter in addition to many quality of life updates. Fans might know Nightdive as the team working on the upcoming System Shock remake, which is expected to release sometime in 2020.

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The new chapter will take place shortly after Doomguy’s campaign ends in the main game. Here’s a quote from James Hailey, Nightdive Studio Senior Developer, about what players can look forward to:

On our end, persistent players will have the opportunity to unlock a new chapter in the Doomguy’s saga, taking place shortly after [DOOM 64‘s] original campaign concludes. The Mother Demon you defeated in that outing had a sister, and since you’ve been messing up Hell non-stop, she tries to get rid of you by sending you away. If you can make your way back and take revenge, you’ll be rewarded with a bit of lore that fans of both series, new and classic, should enjoy.

Originally, DOOM 64 released in 1997 for the Nintendo 64. For many players, this will be their first time to play the game. It was designed, in many ways, as a sequel to DOOM 2. Also, DOOM 64 was originally developed by Midway.

DOOM 64, like DOOM 2, has darker levels and a strong, foreboding ambient soundtrack. That atmosphere and story will be expanded up with this exclusive new chapter in the port as DOOM 64 continues its dive back into Hell.

DOOM 64 will have a lot of quality of life upgrades. Players can choose to run the game at 120 FPS or even go beyond 1000 FPS. Furthermore, players old and new will be able to finally experience DOOM 64 as a PC game too. This mode should feel familiar to classic DOOM players. PlayStation 4 players can use the touchpad to navigate the automap, and Switch players can use the touchscreen to do the same. Additionally, Xbox One players can hook up a keyboard and mouse for a PC-like feeling.

Other quality of life upgrades include an over 60 Hz refresh rate, motion controls, and autorun features. Also, you’ll find reduced input lag, new brightness settings and the ability to change the blood from red to green. Originally, only the Japanese release had this ability. Now, we’ll all have a chance to tinker around in-game.

DOOM 64 will release on March 20, 2020. It’ll be coming to the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows PC, and Xbox One and is a DOOM Eternal preorder incentive.

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