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Doom Eternal’s first DLC expansion, The Ancient Gods, arrives next month

Doom Slayer: Go clean up the mess you made of heaven and hell on Oct. 20

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Doom Eternal’s first campaign extension, The Ancient Gods: Part One, puts sinners in the hand of a very angry demon on Oct. 20. id Software and Bethesda Softworks revealed and dated the expansion at Gamescom on Aug. 27.

The DLC is part of Doom Eternal’s $29.99 Season One pass (which was included with the deluxe edition when the game launched in March). It’s $19.99 á la carte and, importantly, Bethesda said players do not need to own Doom Eternal to buy and play The Ancient Gods: Part One. A standalone purchase of The Ancient Gods: Part One gives the buyer access to Battlemode, Doom Eternal’s 2v1, best-of-five rounds multiplayer match.

Bethesda’s news release says players will “confront an ancient evil awoken from an imbalance in the heavens.” The baddies players mow down will include “fierce new demons,” the statement said.

The Ancient Gods was announced at the beginning of QuakeCon 2020 two weeks ago. The Ancient Gods’ narrative begins right after the end of the story campaign. Evidently, the Doom Slayer’s destruction and death-dealing during the main game has knocked heaven and hell out of balance. So it’s your job to clean up the mess, likely by making a bloodier one.

Doom Eternal launched March 20 on Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC, and Xbox One. Bethesda Softworks said on Aug. 6 that players who own the game on PS4 or Xbox One may upgrade for free to PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X, respectively, after those consoles launch.

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