DOOM’s multiplayer changing Hack Modules won’t be tied to microtransactions

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DOOM Hack Modules will have to be earned in-game

DOOM developers iD Software have really not been shy with the amount of single-player content that they’ve shown off for their imminent release of the sequel that was once thought dead. They’ve shown very little of the multiplayer, however.  That’s not to say many people haven’t played it – a number of Quakecon attendees and closed beta participants under strict NDAs have had some time with the fast, frantic multiplayer portion of the game.

Slowly but surely, iD Software is opening up a little bit about DOOM’s multiplayer, starting with Warpath and Hack Modules. And the latter is somewhat important to the future of DOOM as a competitive multiplayer option.

But first Warpath. DOOM is expected to have a handful of game modes when it launches, and Warpath is their take on classic King of the Hill. In it, the fast but strategic nature of DOOM’s gameplay is put to the test, where standing still presents a massive disadvantages to your chances of survival. This makes capturing a single point hard, especially when the maps allow for Revenant Demon spawns and quad-damage chances. Defending the point or picking off incoming attackers will need to be top of the current King’s list, which puts a nice spin on the classic mode.

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Warpath, and every other mode in DOOM’s multiplayer, is augmented with the more interesting reveal : Hack Modules. Hack Modules on paper sound like Halo 5’s REQ Cards, in which you burn these consumable items for rewards in matches. In DOOM this ranges from being able to delay respawn timers after a death, or getting the pinpoint location and health of the player that killed you when you return.


iD Software’s Marty Stratton revealed some of the Hack Modules DOOM players can look forward to:

  • Retribution: location and health of the player who last killed you
  • Scout: location of all enemies for a few seconds after you spawn in
  • Vital Signs: health bars over enemies’ heads
  • Power Seeker: location of nearby power-ups

Thing is, Stratton makes specific mention of microtransactions in this instance, and assures all DOOM players that Hack Modules will only be earnable though multiplayer progression alone. There’s no case where someone with a deeper wallet will be able to inundate a game with Hack Modules purchases, which should keep the playing field fair for those looking to DOOM for true competitive play.

DOOM is out on May 13th, and is coming to Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Last Updated: February 23, 2016

Alessandro Barbosa

You can all call me Sandy until I figure out how to edit this thing, which is probably never. Sandy not good enough? Call me xXx_J0k3R_360degreeN0Sc0pe_xXx. Also, Geoff’s a bastard.

  • Loftus The Primal BeastMaster

    DOOM is out on May 13th, on my wife birthday, come on guys i need creative help how to buy this game for her.

    • Hammersteyn

      It doesn’t help your chances that the 13th is on a Friday

    • Commander Admiral Chief

      Tell her it is to learn skills for better shopping at the malls during crazy busy times

      • Captain JJ the “saviour”

        Divorce 101: By Admiral Chief.

        • Commander Admiral Chief

          Marriage is easy, divorce is also easy.

          BUT, you need to be wise

        • haha

    • Hammersteyn

      Tell her, “I didn’t order this!”

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Tell her you know she needs some alone time to treat herself, but couldn’t afford a spa package, so you bought this instead. Then leave her alone.

      • You had me at ‘leave her alone’

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          But I don’t want you. Can I regift you, or return you for credit?

          • No! You break you pay!

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

    • Pariah

      Honestly mate, I think you’re Doomed.

    • Hammersteyn

      Tell her, “I love you so much, I want you to be part of my gaming life” then act all disappointed when she thinks you weren’t being sincere

    • Darren Peach

      Why do you need to buy it for your wife ? Or is it just a way to get your hands on it ? If you are having problems justifying it…… I will buy you a copy. No gamer I know ( In your case, not well at all ………still !! ) should have to be deprived of Doom. If you are trying to convert her, Ignore the above and remind her of the upcoming Zombie/Demon/Young Adult Novel film adaptations invasion and remind her of the need to prepare.

      • Darren Peach

        Also, You can always sell a kidney on the black market.

  • Pariah

    I’m as excited for the multiplayer as I am for the single player. It’s been a VERY long time since I’ve been able to say that about any game.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      Particularly yours.

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