The Doom Eternal: Year One Pass has been delisted from Steam, but there's no need to panic — in fact, this Doom Eternal DLC will be launching as an "expandalone" — a standalone piece of DLC content that won't require the base game.
Doom Eternal has been out for quite a while now and it has steadily released free content updates for its players. Bethesda and iD Software nonetheless have plans for a more premium experience and that was revealed as The Ancient Gods, Part One back in August. The Year One Pass that would have included this content is no longer listed on Steam, but there's a very good reason for the change.
Missed out on the reveal of the upcoming Doom Eternal: Year One Pass content? Check out the trailer for Doom Eternal: The Ancient Gods, Part One below!
Why Was the Doom Eternal: Year One Pass Delisted on Steam?
The removal of the Year One Pass was recently noticed on Reddit thanks to a change in the DLC's SteamDB page. The removal of DLC from the Steam Store listing might make fans worried, but it is still very much available for pre-purchase; instead, iD Software has grander plans for this Doom Eternal DLC.
"When we look at how many people have played through the game we have a large percentage – higher than 2016 – that have completed it, so you’re always looking at that and seeing how far players make it through your game," Executive Producer Marty Stratton told PCGamesN. "It’s important as we want the DLC to reach as many people as possible. In fact, you don’t even need to own Doom Eternal to buy the DLC and play it."
What this means is that the Doom Eternal: Year One Pass will be akin to Far Cry Blood Dragon — a piece of expansion content that can be enjoyed on its own without requiring the original game to be installed (or even purchased).
When is the Doom Eternal: Year One Pass Release Date?
Sadly, there is still no news on the Doom Eternal: Year One Pass release date. The pre-purchase page on Steam lists the release date as December 31, 2020 — likely a placeholder until Bethesda makes an official announcement.
That aside, having The Ancient Gods, Part One (and likely subsequent DLCs) as standalone content is certainly welcome news, especially because players can potentially save valuable hard drive space if they've uninstalled Doom Eternal. If you haven't yet picked up Doom Eternal, you can buy Doom Eternal starting at $59.99 or your regional equivalent, or you can get it as part of Xbox Game Pass for consoles right now and for PC later in 2020.
What do you think of the Doom Eternal: Year One Pass being delisted from Steam? Have you already uninstalled Doom Eternal or are you still playing? Let us know in the comments below!