Yesterday, those on the Romero Games mailing list received an email about an upcoming release in celebration of the original Doom‘s 25th birthday. It turns out the release is called Sigil, a “spiritual successor to the fourth episode of Doom”.
In other words, it’s 9 brand new levels of Doom from the game’s original designer, John Romero, which pick up right where the last episode left off. “I wanted the levels to feel like they belong to the original game as if they were a true fifth episode,” he wrote on the Sigil website.
“There’s more detail in the levels than episodes 1-4, but not overly so. I believe that people playing Sigil will recognize my design style, but see new things I’m doing because this episode does not take place on a military base—it takes place in Hell, which is new to me within Doom’s design space. There’s a massive room in E5M6 that is the coolest room I’ve created in any map.”
The levels will be released for free in February, but Romero Games is also offering two limited edition boxes, both of which feature music by metal guitarist, Buckethead, and cover art by Christopher Lovell.
Here’s what you get in each:
The Sigil Beast Box – US $166 ($231 )
- A 16GB 3-1/2-inch floppy disk-themed USB with the free megawad data and extras
- A 2-disc booklet styles case with the megawad data and full Buckethead soundtrack, as well as behind-the-scenes info on the original game and the megawad’s development
- An 8″ x 10″ art print signed by Christopher Lovell
- A “Sigil”-themed coin
- A pewter statue of John Romero’s head on a spike
- An XL-sized “Sigil” t-shirt
- One “Sigil” sticker and one Romero Games sticker
The Sigil Standard Edition Box – US $40 ($56)
- A standard-sized “big box” featuring artwork by Christopher Lovell
- A 16GB 3 1/2-inch floppy disk themed USB that includes the free megawad data and extras
- The Buckethead soundtrack
- The two stickers
Hell yeah. Pre-orders are open now and will run until the 24th of December, so jump onto the Sigil website if you’re keen to get a goddamn pewter statue of John Romero’s head on a spike.
Bethesda has also celebrated 25 years of Doom with a new trailer for its upcoming title, Doom Eternal. Suss that out below.