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Doom’s next big update arrives July 29

New maps, new demons and more

Michael McWhertor is a journalist with more than 17 years of experience covering video games, technology, movies, TV, and entertainment.

Bethesda Softworks and id Software will release an update for the new Doom this Friday, July 29, that adds two new multiplayer modes and a slew of Hell-themed content for the SnapMap level creation tool.

Doom’s "Free Update 2" will introduce Exodus, a one-flag capture the flag mode, and Sector, a point-capture mode, to the first-person shooter’s multiplayer component. Both Exodus and Sector will be playable on the game’s existing maps and all future maps, Bethesda says.

SnapMap is getting a bunch of promised new features, including the single-player campaign’s weapon wheel and 30 Hell-themed modules. SnapMap is also getting a new playable demon, the Mancubus.

Doom players have a good excuse to try out the game’s new multiplayer features this weekend; Bethesda and id are holding a double XP weekend starting July 29.

Next week, there will be even more Doom. The game’s first premium multiplayer downloadable content, Unto the Evil, arrives Aug. 5. The add-on introduces three new multiplayer maps; a new player-controlled demon, the Harvester; a new weapon, the UAC EMG Pistol; new player cosmetics; and a new piece of equipment, the Kinetic Mine.

Doom: Unto the Evil costs $14.99 / £11.99 / €14.99.

For a look at what’s coming to Doom on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One, check out the trailer above.

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