Doom Eternal’s first single-player expansion, The Ancient Gods, Part One, will be available as a standalone game.
This means players can jump into the new DLC – which is part of Doom Eternal’s Year One Pass and sees you travel to new realms in the Doom universe and face new enemies – even if they don’t have the base game, or haven’t completed the main campaign.
“When we look at how many people have played through the game we have a large percentage – higher than 2016 – that have completed it, so you’re always looking at that and seeing how far players make it through your game,” executive producer Marty Stratton told PCGamesN. “It’s important as we want the DLC to reach as many people as possible. In fact, you don’t even need to own Doom Eternal to buy the DLC and play it.”
Bethesda trumpeted the launch of Doom Eternal by announcing it earned the series’ best-ever opening week sales. Here in the UK, shops began selling boxed copies of Doom Eternal early in a bid to shift stock before stores were shut down ahead of the pandemic lockdown. Interestingly, though, physical sales of Doom Eternal’s boxed version were down around a third on those for Doom’s 2016 reboot, though it’s likely the rise in digital console sales made up much of this.
Edwin deemed the game “an even faster and bloodier but slightly wayward follow-up to a thunderous shooter reboot” in Eurogamer’s Doom Eternal review.
The Ancient Gods Part One is set to release on 20th October, 2020.