After 21 years of release, the popular seminal first person shooter, Doom gets a new level from its co-creator John Romero.
There are a huge number of dedicated fans are still engaged, with the DoomWorld modding community continuing to live on after two decades. These fans have been playing with and modding the original game for years, but now they’re about to get brand new level from its own co-creator.
John Romero, who was a developer on Doom, Doom-2, and Final Doom, has decided to return to the franchise that made him famous and created a brand new level for the original game. As he posted on Twitter, the new level is called E1M8B, which is his version of E1M8, Phobos Anomaly, the final level of Doom’s first episode, Knee-Deep in the Dead. John Romero never made a map for Doom after 1995.
— John Romero (@romero) January 15, 2016
In the game’s readme file, Romero describes it as “My Boss level replacement for e1m8…22 years later.” Romero says that he made the level in two weeks during his spare time.
The level was created using Doom WAD, which is the modding tools Id Software released with Doom back in the 90’s. The level itself is available via this Dropbox link. You’ll need to own the original Doom and use ZDoom (or something similar) in order to play it. Additional instructions can be found here.
A new Doom game is set to be released later this year on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. John Romero is not involved with this upcoming game — he’s too busy making levels in the original Doom.