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Doom update 6.66 retires its season pass, all multiplayer DLC now free

21 July 2017

This weekend, DOOM will be available to play for free on Xbox One for Xbox Live Gold members, alongside a "6.66 update" that will make all DLC available to everyone, which is nice.

First, we've retired the DOOM season pass and are making all of the multiplayer DLC content available to all players. The Season Pass used to set consumers back £29.99, or £11.49 to buy each pack individually. They have to option to try out the new progression system in a new start, but they can also retain all of their guns, customization unlocks, demons, and more. Until now, the game's unlock system was random.

Furthermore, Bethesda has replaced the oft-criticized Hack Module System with a Runes System that is similar to the one found in the main campaign. On Xbox One a copy will cost you R199.50, on PS4 it will cost R249 and the Steam price is R399 at time of writing. Better the devil you know, eh? The full 6.66 update patch notes, and an FAQ about the changes, are here.

Interestingly, the developer also chose to completely rehaul the game's multiplayer progression system and mechanics.

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Do veteran players receive anything after the update? However, to recognise previous game experience veterans will get a special badge, and yes, there's a Slayer Badge for the elite few that have previously achieved the max Slayer level. Runes won't need to be activated and they don't expire. Runes are persistent capabilities (or perks) that become a consistent and predictable component of your loadout and play style.

The old players will not have to panic if they see that their levels have been reset to zero because that was on goal. Considering the free weekend and the lowered price of only $14.99 for the game and all the accompanying DLCs, an influx of new players is only to be expected.

There are also improvements to the game's UI and menus, updates to post match summaries, and more.

If you don't have the game, that won't be a problem - Bethesda is also rolling out free weekends starting tomorrow, though PlayStation 4 owners will have to wait until next Thursday, the 27th, to get their own free weekend access.

Doom update 6.66 retires its season pass, all multiplayer DLC now free