Doom Eternal

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Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal cover
Developers
id Software
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Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
id Tech 7
Release dates
Windows March 20, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 88
OpenCritic 89
IGDB 86
Taxonomy
Monetization One-time game purchase, DLC
Microtransactions Cosmetic
Modes Singleplayer, Multiplayer
Pacing Real-time
Perspectives First-person
Controls Direct control
Genres Action, FPS
Themes Horror, Sci-fi
Series Doom
Doom Eternal on HowLongToBeat
Doom Eternal on IGDB
Doom Eternal guide on StrategyWiki
Doom Eternal on MobyGames
Doom Eternal on Wikipedia
Doom (1993) 1993
Doom II: Hell on Earth 1994
Final Doom 1996
DRL (unofficial game) 2002
Doom 3 2004
Doom 64 EX (unofficial port) 2008
Doom 3: BFG Edition 2012
Doom (2016) 2016
Doom VFR 2017
Doom I Enhanced 2020
Doom II Enhanced 2020
Doom Eternal 2020
Doom 64 2020

Doom Eternal is a FPS sci-fi game made by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is a sequel to Doom (2016) which continues the time line of the classic Doom series, and uses the newer Id Tech 7 engine.

The game was released on Steam and Bethesda.net on March 20, 2020. On the release day it was discovered that Bethesda.net copies of the game shipped with a DRM-free version of the game executable, which was subsequently removed the same day by id Software.[1]

On May 14, 2020 Update 1 for the game added empowered demons, echelon levelling and introduced the Denuvo Anti-Cheat protection to scan and report cheaters within the battlemode multiplayer game mode.[2] The introduced anti-cheat solution drew criticism because of its use of a kernel mode driver and introducing issues with the Proton compatibility layer for Linux players.[3] On May 20, 2020 id Software announced they were developing an update to remove the anti-cheat protection, which released on May 27, 2020.[4][5]

Doom Eternal's creative director announced that the game would not contain microtransactions on January 27, 2020.[6] However on March 10, 2020, details of new cosmetics were released as content tied with Twitch Prime subscriptions.[7]

On June 29, 2021 Update 6 for the game added ray traced reflections and DLSS. Many skins can be earned in-game through XP unlocks. Some skins were released as content tied with a Twitch Prime subscription until July 2020.[8]

Mod tools have been discussed by the developer but have never been officially announced.[9] A small modding community exists on Nexus Mods. Doom and Doom II are playable within Doom Eternal, but the WAD files are also included in the game files, and can be played externally using Doom source ports.

General information

Official fan club
Steam Community Discussions

Availability[edit]

Source DRM Notes Keys OS
Retail
Bethesda.net Launcher
No disc included.
Deluxe Edition and Collector's Edition also available.[10]
Windows
GamersGate
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Deluxe Edition The Ancient Gods - Part One and The Ancient Gods - Part Two also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet logo.svg
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Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One and The Ancient Gods - Part Two also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
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Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One The Ancient Gods - Part Two and Year One Pass also available.
Windows
Humble Store
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Microsoft Store
Microsoft Store
Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One, The Ancient Gods - Part Two and Year One Pass also available. Xbox Game Pass for PC
Windows
Steam
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Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One, The Ancient Gods - Part Two, and Year One Pass also available.
Windows
Bethesda.net (unavailable)
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition, The Ancient Gods - Part One The Ancient Gods - Part Two and Year One Pass were also available.
Windows
All versions require a Bethesda.net account[11] and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.
The Bethesda.net release is no longer available as the Bethesda.net Launcher is being retired. Users who own games in their Bethesda.net Library will be able to transfer their games to their Steam account for free, even after the launcher is officially retired.

Version differences[edit]

All editions contain access to Battle Mode.
Standard Edition contains only the base game.
The Ancient Gods - Part One and The Ancient Gods - Part Two include that specific story expansion respectively. It does not require the base game to play.
Year One Pass includes both story expansions. It does not require the base game to play.
Deluxe Edition includes the base game, Year One Pass, Demonic Slayer Skin, and Classic Weapon Sound Pack.
Collector's Edition includes the Deluxe Edition, a wearable DOOM Slayer Helmet replica, playable cassette tape and download codes for lossless digital copies of Mick Gordon’s DOOM (2016) and DOOM Eternal original soundtracks, DOOM Lore Book, as well as one “The Gift of Argent Power” 11” x 17” Lithograph.
Pre-orders received the Rip and Tear Pack DLC and Doom 64 for free.[12]

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
Sponsored Cosmetic microtransactions offered as a sponsored deal requiring a Twitch subscription.[13] These were later made available for purchase through the DOOMicorn Master Collection Cosmetic Pack and Mullet Slayer Master Collection Cosmetic Pack.

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Year One Pass Season pass; access to two future campaign add-ons.
Can be purchased standalone without needing to own the base game.
Windows
The Ancient Gods - Part One Story expansion.
Can be purchased standalone without needing to own the base game.
Windows
The Ancient Gods - Part Two Story expansion.
Can be purchased standalone without needing to own the base game.
Windows
Rip and Tear Pack Pre-order bonus. Includes the DOOT Revenant skin, Cultist Base Master Level, "Throw-back" Shotgun Weapon Skin.
Windows
Demonic Slayer Skin Only included with Deluxe Edition
Windows
Classic Weapon Sound Pack Only included with Deluxe Edition
Windows

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Cosmetic Several cosmetic microtransactions (Doomicorn skin etc.) were offered as a sponsored deal requiring a Twitch subscription.[13] These were later made available for purchase through the DOOMicorn Master Collection Cosmetic Pack and Mullet Slayer Master Collection Cosmetic Pack. Additionally, seven cosmetic packs are available for purchase, containing content that was obtainable during DOOM Eternal’s seven in-game Series Events.

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Use the +com_skipIntroVideo 1 command line argument[14]

Skip Bethesda.net account check[edit]

Use the +com_skipSignInManager 1 command line argument[14]
Block the executable in outbound firewall rules[citation needed]
Apart from skipping the skip Bethesda account creation/login, this will also disable any online content.
  1. Start 'Windows Defender Firewall with Advanced Security.
  2. Select Outbound Rules
  3. On the right hand side under Actions, select "New Rule.."
  4. Rule type should be 'Program
  5. Click Next.
  6. Program path should be <path-to-game>/DOOMEternalx64vk.exe
  7. Click Next.
  8. Action should be Block the connection.
  9. Click Next two times and then click on Finish.

Game data[edit]

Game settings.
Game settings.

Configuration file(s) location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/782330/pfx/[Note 1]

Save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base\
Microsoft Store %LOCALAPPDATA%\Packages\BethesdaSoftworks.DOOMEternal-PC_3275kfvn8vcwc\SystemAppData\wgs\
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\782330\remote\
Steam Play (Linux) <Steam-folder>/steamapps/compatdata/782330/pfx/[Note 1]
Saves have unique platform/account identifiers embedded. To transfer save files (between different launcher versions or within same platform) 3-rd party tools like DOOMSaveManager can be used.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud
Also syncs in-game settings for graphics and other aspects of the game with the cloud.[15][16]
Xbox Cloud
Cloud saves are enabled, but the store page does not reflect this.[17]

Video[edit]

Video settings.
Video settings.

Graphics feature State WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
Multi-monitor
Stretched. See the related community plugins for Flawless Widescreen.
Ultra-widescreen
32:9 is working as of v6.66[18]. Older versions were limited to 21:9, with 32:9 requiring the related community plugins for Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
[19]
Field of view (FOV)
From 90 to 120.[20]
Windowed
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Switches to exclusive fullscreen mode when the window is at the screen resolution and in focus - most likely to allow for better frame pacing.[14]
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
No sample rates specified. "Ultra-Nightmare" is equivalent to 16x.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
TSSAA enabled by default. See Anti-aliasing (AA) for a consolecommand to disable this.
High-fidelity upscaling
DLSS 2.3
Vertical sync (Vsync)
Adaptive and triple buffering.
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 1000 FPS.[19] Monitor refresh rate resets to the value which was set during Windows sign-in.
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Ray tracing (RT)
Ray-traced reflections added in Update 6.[21][22]
Color blind mode
Protanopia, tritanopia, and deuteranopia with adjustable strength, contrast and brightness.[20]

Anti-aliasing (AA)[edit]

Disable TSSAA using console command[14]
  1. Open console by pressing ~.
  2. Type in r_antialiasing 0 to disable anti-aliasing.

Notes:

This solution has to be repeated at the start of each session.
Disable TSSAA by editing config file (permanent)[23]
  1. Navigate to %USERPROFILE%\Saved Games\id Software\DOOMEternal\base\
  2. Open DOOMEternalConfig.cfg with text editor.
  3. At the end of the file add a line r_antialiasing "0".

Input[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.

Mouse smoothing[edit]

Enable and adjust mouse smoothing
  1. Open console by pressing ~.
  2. Type in m_smoothing 1 to enable mouse smoothing.
  3. Type in m_smooth X, where X is an integer number of samples used for mouse smoothing.

Notes:

Look smoothing option under Controller settings has no effect on mouse input.

Steam Input[edit]

Doom Eternal supports Steam Input with Dualshock 4, Switch Pro Controller and Steam Controller.

Provides additional remapping and ability to utilize unused features like gyroscope.
Right Trigger clicks on elements highlighted by cursor, instead of acting as expected. The gameplay and the map are not affected.
If Steam Controller is turned off during gameplay, and then turned on back, it refuses to send gamepad inputs. It can be bypassed by restarting the game or making a keyboard-only configuration. Dualshock 4 is not affected.
When gamepad is active, weapon wheel accepts gamepad input only. Configurations with simultaneous input (e.g. right trackpad of Steam Controller acts like a mouse) require mode shifting.

Audio[edit]

Audio settings.
Audio settings.

Audio feature State Notes
Separate volume controls
Master, music, sound effects and voice volume can be adjusted separately.
Surround sound
Subtitles
Background and font size can be adjusted.
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost
Royalty free audio

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
Czech
Fan translation.
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Korean
Polish
Brazilian Portuguese
Russian
Spanish
Latin American Spanish

Network[edit]

Multiplayer types

Type Native Players Notes
Local play
LAN play
Online play
3 Versus

Connection types

Type Native Notes
Matchmaking
Self-hosting
Direct IP

Issues fixed[edit]

"No physical devices" error when starting up the game[edit]

Make sure to have the computer configured to use dedicated graphics card for Doom Eternal, instead of integrated GPU.[24]

Game crashes on launch when using AMD Ryzen CPU or Nvidia GPU[edit]

Update Chipset driver for CPU[25]
Update BIOS[25]

Game crashes before loading to menu[edit]

Update GPU drivers[25]
If using two AMD GPUs, plug both monitors into the primary GPU[25]
Disable Reshade's Global Vulkan Hook (assuming it was ever installed)[26]

Game loads to a black screen when launching in full-screen mode[edit]

Update GPU drivers[25]
Add DOOMEternalx64vk.exe to exceptions in your antivirus software (including Windows Defender!).[25][27]
Disable one of GPUs if running SLI configuration[28]
If using Occulus VR goggles, unplug them[29]

Some areas of the screen are obscured by large numbers of black particles[edit]

Disable Depth of Field[25]

Various performance issues[edit]

Update GPU drivers[25]
Use V-sync option other than adaptive and if that doesn't help - disable Vsync entirely.[14]
V-sync in combination with asynchronous-compute can cause performance issues - if you don't want to pass on V-sync, disable Present From Compute or use Triple Buffering.
The widely reported performance issues caused by the Steam Overlay and Steam in-game FPS-counter were fixed in the Steam Client update from the 29th of April 2020.[30]

Running stutters when moving foward using steam input[edit]

Using Steam input's controller support can cause issues with DOOM Eternal default deadzones, causing a "stutter" like feel in the controls when moving forward or backwards.
Enable deadzone configuration or calibration through Steam input[citation needed]
  1. Right click on the game in your Steam library
  2. Go to Manage.
  3. Click on Controller layout and then on Joystick Move for the left joystick you use to move in-game.
  4. Go to Additional Settings and under Enable Deadzone choose Configuration or Calibration, assuming you have calibrated the deadzone through Steam input in the past.
  5. Close the Steam controller configurator & start the game.

Game language can't be changed unless you use a launcher or change Windows language settings.[edit]

Use the +sys_langPlatform "en" command line argument[citation needed]

Sped-up/distorted audio[edit]

Setting your audio card to play at a sample rate higher than 48000 Hz will speed up the audio and/or cause crackling/distortion. Higher sample rates will result in faster speeds.[citation needed]
There is no official fix for this bug.
Set your audio sample rate to 48000 Hz

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

Technical specs Supported Notes
Vulkan 1.2
Executable 32-bit 64-bit Notes
Windows

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7s
Multiplayer Bethesda.net

Mods[edit]

Original TAG1[edit]

Restores TAG1 spawns to how they were before Update 5.0.

Challenge Restored[edit]

Restores monster behavior to how they were before Update 5.0.
Hasn't been updated since Update 6.66 released for the game, making this mod very likely incompatible with the latest version of the game.
The mod has two versions: "Faithful" which just restores the monster behavior that was changed in Update 5.0, and "Balanced" which makes it's own unique balance changes.

Decensor Doom and Doom II[edit]

Doom Eternal includes censored WADs of Doom (PSN edition) and Doom II (Bethesda.net edition), similar to the Doom 3: BFG Edition versions.[citation needed]
Add the original wad files manually.[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\base\classicwads\.
  2. Copy the original DOOM.WAD and DOOM2.WAD files into the folder and overwrite when prompted.

Unlock classic pistol[edit]

Use console command[31]
Only works on the release version of the game. Subsequent updates of the game don't contain the console command anymore.
  1. Start the game, and minimize it.
  2. Open the Doom Eternal cheat table in Cheat Engine.
  3. Enable Unrestrict Console Commands/Cvars & Bind.
  4. Open the game's console via ~, and type g_enablePistol 1.

Skip launcher GPU warnings[edit]

Edit launcher config[32]
Disabling these warnings isn't recommended as these warnings are there for a reason. It is generally advised to first follow the advice in the warnings! Ignoring these warnings can lead to in-game bugs, the game not starting etc.
  1. Open <path-to-game>\launcherData\launcher.cfg in text editor.
  2. Switch rgl_showAMDStartupWarning parameter to 0.
  3. Switch rgl_showIntelStartupWarning parameter to 0.
  4. Switch rgl_showNvidiaStartupWarning parameter to 0.
  5. Save the file.

System requirements[edit]

Windows
Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) 7, 10
Processor (CPU) Intel Core i5 3.3 GHz
AMD Ryzen 3 3.1 GHz
System memory (RAM) 8 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 50 GB
Video card (GPU) Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050Ti/GTX 1060/GTX 1650
AMD Radeon R9 280/R9 290/RX 470
4 GB of VRAM
A 64-bit operating system is required.
The minimum requirements are for 1080p at 60 FPS with Low quality settings. The recommended requirements are for 1080p at 60 FPS with High quality settings.

Notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 File/folder structure within this directory reflects the path(s) listed for Windows and/or Steam game data (use Wine regedit to access Windows registry paths). Games with Steam Cloud support may store data in ~/.steam/steam/userdata/<user-id>/782330/ in addition to or instead of this directory. The app ID (782330) may differ in some cases. Treat backslashes as forward slashes. See the glossary page for details.

References

  1. Bethesda apparently broke its own Denuvo protection for Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
    "Bethesda Launcher version included DRM-free executable in folder named "Original""
  2. Bethesda.net - DOOM Eternal Update 1 Patch Notes - last accessed on 2020-05-20
  3. Denuvo Anti-Cheat patched into Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  4. Reddit - /r/Doom - Latest Information on Update 1 & Anti-Cheat - last accessed on 2020-05-20
  5. DOOM Eternal Update 1.1 (PC Only) Patch Notes - last accessed on 2022-08-16
  6. ‘Doom Eternal’ Confirmed To Have Zero Microtransactions, XP Unlocks Cosmetics - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  7. Gallop into battle as the DOOMicorn with Twitch Prime! - last accessed on 2020-05-18
    "Starting March 20, claim the DOOMicorn Slayer Master Collection for DOOM Eternal, exclusive to Prime members."
  8. Twitch Prime - Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  9. Id Talks Mod Support, Integrating More Traversal, And The Controversial Neon U.I. -- Game Informer - last accessed on 2020-05-18
    "We've actually done things technically that are getting us closer to doing mod support, but it won't be immediate. I think longer term. We made technical decisions years ago that we're still moving away from, and they're getting us closer to those kinds of things."
  10. Bethesda Gear Store - DOOM Eternal Collector's Edition - last accessed on 2019-06-12
    "The PC Version of the game will come with a printed code and the code is redeemable on Bethesda.net."
  11. DOOM Eternal on Steam - last accessed on 2020-03-03
    "Requires 3rd-Party Account: Bethesda.net (Supports Linking to Steam Account)"
  12. DOOM Eternal delayed to March 20, 2020 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC, later for Switch; DOOM 64 added as pre-order bonus - Gematsu - last accessed on 2019-10-13
    "Additionally, the company announced that DOOM 64 will be available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in addition to the previously announced Switch release, and will be included as a pre-order bonus for DOOM Eternal."
  13. 13.0 13.1 Twitch Prime - last accessed on 2020-05-05
    "Outfit the DOOM Slayer with three exclusive Slayer Master Collections and RAZE HELL in DOOM Eternal, only with Prime."
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 14.3 14.4 14.5 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-03-20
  15. How to change Doom Eternal's graphics outside of the game? - Reddit - last accessed on 2022-11-16
  16. Verified by User:Mrtnptrs on 2022-11-16
    Graphics settings are indeed shared between my Steam Deck and PC; which of course is very annoying, as it causes massive slowdown on my Steam Deck if I forget to adjust the settings before play.
  17. It looks like Doom Eternal won't be supporting cloud saves... - last accessed on December 8, 2020
  18. Verified by User:Hman360 on 2022-04-01
  19. 19.0 19.1 DOOM Eternal: How id Tech 7 Is Maximized for Current Tech and Next-Gen - IGN First
  20. 20.0 20.1 DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First
  21. DOOM Eternal: NVIDIA DLSS and Ray Tracing Upgrade Available Now For GeForce RTX Gamers - last accessed on 2022-09-25
  22. DOOM Eternal - Next Gen & Update 6 Release Notes - last accessed on 2022-08-16
  23. Verified by User:Cynical on 2020-03-27
  24. GPU Driver Error - No Physical Devices - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 Bethesda FAQ - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  26. Game crashes before loading to main menu - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  27. Doom Eternal won't start up. - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  28. Game stuck in black screen when loading main menu! - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  29. GAME WILL NOT LAUNCH - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  30. Steam Client Update Released - last accessed on 2020-04-29
  31. Doom Eternal has a secret pistol hidden in its files | Rock Paper Shotgun
  32. [1]