DOOM Eternal Update 1 Debuts Terrifying Empowered Demons

Published: May 14, 2020 4:42 PM /


DOOM Eternal Update 1 Empowered Demon

The first major DOOM Eternal update has arrived! Update 1 debuts a ton of new content like terrifying Empowered Demons, Echelon Leveling, the Precious Metals Event, and more!

If you haven't been keeping up with DOOM Eternal, you might have missed that this latest game in the demon-slaying franchise has launched with quite a few more "service" aspects as compared to earlier titles. There's plenty of reasons to keep playing, and now even more goodies have arrived for players to enjoy!

Doom Eternal Update 1 Precious Metals
The "Precious Metals" event brings a bunch of new content for players to unlock!

What's New in Doom Eternal Update 1?

Update 1 has some cool new stuff showing up for the first time. As always, we'll be breaking down some of the bigger hits!

Empowered Demons

Empowered Demons are an interesting new feature arriving in DOOM Eternal Update 1 that is kind of similar to part of the Nemesis system in Shadow of Mordor games. If you get killed by a demon, that demon becomes an Empowered Demon. It is then transitioned to another player's game as an especially difficult challenge.

Felling an Empowered Demon will score you a sweet XP bonus (along with tons of health and items, of course). You can toggle this gameplay feature on or off in the game tab of the main menu.

Echelon Leveling

DOOM Eternal has a leveling system, but there are already more than a few players at the maximum level of 250. Now with Echelon Leveling, they can reset their progress back to Level 1 and earn a special insignia.

Essentially, this is like Legendary Skills in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim with the exception of no tangible in-game bonus. All you get is a neat little virtual medal of sorts to show off.

The Precious Metals Event

The Precious Metals Event will let players unlock a bunch of new blinged-out cosmetics. Unlocking the new goodies pictured above is simply a matter of racking up tons of XP, so it's best to get to it by playing through the Campaign or getting into some multiplayer! You can read more about this event at the Slayer's Club.

Denuvo Anti-Cheat Driver

Unfortunately, DOOM Eternal Update 1 isn't all good news — the Denuvo Anti-Cheat Driver has been added for BATTLEMODE on PC. Bethesda and iD make a point of mentioning the following about Denuvo:

  • Denuvo Anti-Cheat uses a kernel-mode driver
  • Use of the kernel-mode driver starts when the game launches and stops when the game stops for any reason
  • Denuvo Anti-Cheat does not take screenshots, scan your file system, or stream shellcode from the internet

These are far from the only new additions coming to the game; you can read about the rest in the DOOM Eternal Update 1 patch notes.

It looks like this new batch of content should give players plenty to do in DOOM Eternal! If you don't yet already own this great game, you can get it on Steam or the Humble Store for $59.99 or your regional equivalent.

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