John Romero first announced the DOOM mod/expansion SIGIL following the 25th Anniversary of the original 1993 release DOOM last December. According to the announcement, the megawad file will feature nine single-player levels and nine multiplayer maps. The physical edition is manufactured by Limited Run Games, with two versions of the mod bundled into what they called fan boxes. The megawad file will still require a registered copy of the original 1993 DOOM to play, but will be entirely free to download otherwise. Romero had a streaming preview of SIGIL on Twitch back in December (now available on YouTube).
In February, Romero announced that the release would be delayed until April. In April he announced another delay until May, due to issues in production with the Beast Box edition, which includes a replica of Romero’s head on a pike, the Easter egg found in Doom II map “Icon of Sin,” as well as the coin featuring the Baphomet picture that features in SIGIL‘s theme art. On May 11, Romero announced another delay on a Twitter thread as the same production issues continued.
Today, Romero shared another Twitter thread confirming that the fan boxes will ship this week, and showing a preview of the high-quality art and materials on Twitter.
The fan boxes look great indeed, and the material appears to be of excellent quality, which makes it an amazing collector's item for fans of the classic 1993 DOOM. Romero's head looks quite different from the in-game, however, which you can see here. It looks like they opted for a more modern 3D model rather than a facsimile version. In any case, it seems the delays will be worth it after all, and fans will be able to enjoy the mod when the megawad is released along with the fan boxes this week.
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