Doom Eternal

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Doom Eternal
Doom Eternal cover
Developers
id Software
Publishers
Bethesda Softworks
Engines
id Tech 7
Release dates
Windows March 20, 2020
Reception
Metacritic 88
OpenCritic 89
IGDB 89
Taxonomy
Monetization 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
Doom 3 2004
Doom 64 EX (unofficial port) 2008
Doom 3: BFG Edition 2012
Doom (2016) 2016
Doom VFR 2017
Doom Classic 2020
Doom II Classic 2020
Doom Eternal 2020
Doom 64 2020

Doom Eternal is a first-person shooter sci-fi game made by id Software and published by Bethesda Softworks. The game is a sequel to Doom (2016) which was a reboot 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 the game received its first update, titled Update 1, which added empowered demons, echelon levelling, various quality of life changes, balance changes, and fixes for various issues.[2] The update also introduced the Denuvo Anti-Cheat protection to scan and report cheaters within the battlemode multiplayer game mode. Upon its release the anti-cheat protection drew criticism because of its use of a kernel mode driver and caused issues with the Proton compatibility layer for Linux players, which had previously been awarded a 'Platinum' rating on ProtonDB prior to the patch.[3] A few days later on May 20, 2020 id Software announced that they were preparing and testing an update, titled Update 1.1, that would remove the anti-cheat protection and that the development team would re-evaluate their approach to anti-cheat integration. Update 1.1 was also set to include fixes to some performance and stability issues introduced in Update 1.[4]

Doom Eternal's creative director announced that the game would not contain microtransactions on January 27, 2020.[5] However on March 10 2020, details of new cosmetics were released as content tied with Twitch Prime subscriptions.[6]

Many skins can be earned in-game through XP unlocks. Some skins will be released as content tied with a Twitch Prime subscription until July 2020.[7]

Mod tools have been discussed by the developer but have not been officially announced.[8] 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 forum
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.[9]
Windows
Bethesda.net
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
GamersGate
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Gamesplanet
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Green Man Gaming
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available. RUCIS, China, Argentina, and Turkey customers will receive a Steam key instead.
Windows
Humble Store
Bethesda.net Launcher
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
Steam
Icon overlay.png
Deluxe Edition also available.
Windows
All versions require a Bethesda.net account[10] and Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.

Version differences[edit]

Pre-orders receive the Rip and Tear Pack DLC and Doom 64.[11]
Standard Edition is the base game.
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.

Monetization[edit]

Type Notes
Sponsored Cosmetic microtransactions offered as a sponsored deal requiring a Twitch subscription.[12]

DLC and expansion packs

Name Notes
Year One Pass Season pass; access to two future campaign add-ons.
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
Windows
Classic Weapon Sound Pack
Windows

Microtransactions[edit]

Type Notes
Cosmetic Four cosmetic microtransactions (Doomicorn skin etc.) are offered as a sponsored deal requiring a Twitch subscription.[13]

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]

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
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 and cannot be swapped between people using Steam and Bethesda Launcher versions (potentially also within same platform too).

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
Steam Cloud

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
Limited to 21:9.
For 32:9, see the related community plugins for Flawless Widescreen.
4K Ultra HD
[15]
Field of view (FOV)
From 90 to 120.[16]
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.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS and 120+ FPS
Capped at 1000 FPS.[15]
High dynamic range display (HDR)
Color blind mode
Protanopia, tritanopia and deuteranopia with adjustable strength, contrast and brightness.[16]

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)[17]
  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]

Steam Input allows to play Doom Eternal 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

Localizations

Language UI Audio Sub Notes
English
Simplified Chinese
Traditional Chinese
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]

(Laptops only!) Make sure to have the laptop configured to use dedicated graphics for applications, instead of integrated ones (as last resort action - disable integrated GPU in device manager)[18]

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

Update BIOS[19]

Game crashes before loading to menu[edit]

Update GPU drivers[19]
If using two AMD GPUs, plug both monitors into the primary GPU[19]
Disable Reshade's Global Vulkan Hook (assuming it was ever installed)[20]

Game crashes upon playing when using AMD Ryzen CPU or Nvidia RTX GPU[edit]

Lower graphics details to High, until AMD releases a fix.[19]

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

Update GPU drivers[19]
Add DOOMEternalx64vk.exe to exceptions in your antivirus software (including Windows Defender!).[19][22]
Disable one of GPUs if running SLI configuration[23]
If using Occulus VR goggles, unplug them[24]

Various mid-level crashes[edit]

Verify game's files.[14]

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

Disable Depth of Field[19]

Various performance issues[edit]

Update GPU drivers[19]
Use V-sync option other than adaptive and if that doesn't help - disable Vsync entirely.[14]
Disable Steam Overlay (other overlays as well) and the Steam in-game FPS-counter[19][14][25]
The 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.[26]

Other information[edit]

API[edit]

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

Middleware[edit]

Middleware Notes
Physics Havok
Audio Wwise
Cutscenes Bink Video 2.7s

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[27]
  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.


Unable to find any Battlemode matches. Please try again later.[edit]

Add exception for DOOMEternalx64vk.exe in your antivirus program or disable all the shields before launching the game.

Skip launcher GPU warnings[edit]

Edit launcher config[28]
Disabling these warnings isn't recommended as these warnings are there for a reason. It is generally adviced 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.
The game requires a CPU with SSE4.2 instruction-support.[29] here is a workaround for CPU's that don't support SSE4.2. Please know that it is very likely that on these old CPU's the performance will be bad.

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’ Confirmed To Have Zero Microtransactions, XP Unlocks Cosmetics - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  6. 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."
  7. Twitch Prime - Doom Eternal - last accessed on 2020-05-18
  8. 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."
  9. 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."
  10. DOOM Eternal on Steam - last accessed on 2020-03-03
    "Requires 3rd-Party Account: Bethesda.net (Supports Linking to Steam Account)"
  11. 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."
  12. 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."
  13. 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 14.6 14.7 Verified by User:Suicide machine on 2020-03-20
  15. 15.0 15.1 DOOM Eternal: How id Tech 7 Is Maximized for Current Tech and Next-Gen - IGN First
  16. 16.0 16.1 DOOM Eternal: Accessibility and UI Customization Walkthrough - IGN First
  17. Verified by User:Cynical on 2020-03-27
  18. GPU Driver Error - No Physical Devices - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  19. 19.0 19.1 19.2 19.3 19.4 19.5 19.6 19.7 19.8 19.9 Bethesda FAQ - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  20. Game crashes before loading to main menu - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  21. 21.0 21.1 Possible fix for startup errors and stuff - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  22. Doom Eternal won't start up. - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  23. Game stuck in black screen when loading main menu! - last accessed on 2020-03-19
  24. GAME WILL NOT LAUNCH - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  25. Having frame drops to 50 FPS with GTX 1080 on 1080p - last accessed on 2020-03-20
  26. Steam Client Update Released - last accessed on 2020-04-29
  27. Doom Eternal has a secret pistol hidden in its files | Rock Paper Shotgun
  28. [1]
  29. DOOM: Eternal • CS.RIN.RU - Steam Underground Community