In what feels like a sudden transport back to gaming’s infancy, Doom mastermind John Romero announced via Twitter that he has made the first Doom level in over 21 years. This new level is available as a free download from Romero’s Dropbox account and is completely written in DOOM1.WAD, which was also used for the original shareware version of Doom.
— John Romero (@romero) January 15, 2016
After exiting the Computer Station you knew the worst was up ahead. You still hadn’t reached the place where the demons were coming from. The steel door shuts behind you as you realise you’re there; you’re at the Phobos Anomaly. Cracks from hell are all over the place as seepage from the portal invades the entire installation. Now it’s time to find the portal and stop the demons from coming through. You know UAC had hundreds of scientists working at a high-tech lab somewhere in this area, and the portal must be connected to it somehow. Time to lock and load.
Whether this is a prelude to something else remains to be seen, but it would be surprising if Romero decided to just make a new level for fun, especially so long after the game came out. If you want to check out the new level, you can download it here. The link has been down on a few occasions, likely due to the high traffic that the release has brought onto Dropbox’s servers. In case the link continues to give people an error and Romero decides to upload the level to a different service we’ll make sure to update this post with the new link!
Almost finished creating a level I've been working on over the holidays. It's a warm-up.
— John Romero (@romero) January 11, 2016
It’s pretty cool that Romero is doing this, and it isn’t hard to (hopefully) imagine that this may lead to something more.
Are you going to try out Romero new Doom level? What would you like to hear this is a prelude to? Share your thoughts in the comments below!