John Romero, one of the creators of Doom, announced a special surprise for fans on the 1993 game’s 25th anniversary: more Doom.
Sort of, anyway. Romero doesn’t own the rights to Doom as a series, and rights-holder Bethesda Softworks already rebooted the series for a modern audience, with great success. But as a fan, Romero has access to the same modding tools as anyone else.
He’s putting those tools to work on building out a whole new, nine-level episode as a “megawad,” which is basically a collection of fan-made additions and changes (commonly referred to as mods), all packaged together.
Titled Sigil, the mod’s planned Feb. 2019 release is set to bring an additional nine levels to the single-player game, as well nine levels for the online deathmatch mode. The announcement on Romero Games’ website describes Sigil as “the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of Doom [that] picks up where the original left off.”
One important thing to note: While the Sigil megawad is free, you will need to own a copy of the original Doom in order to use it.
Romero has a history of continued tinkering with his early creation. In Jan. 2016, he released a new level for the original game, the first one he’d designed in 21 years.