Romero Games has announced the release date for SIGIL, their megawad mod/expansion based on the original DOOM.
The new mod/expansion is launching on May 31st, for Windows PC. There’s a naturally a free version (as this is based on the DOOM property, which Bethesda now owns), but there was a host of swanky physical releases if you want to get frivolous things like John Romero’s head on a pike.
John Romero himself talked up the legacy of DOOM:
I don’t think any of us knew that DOOM® would have the impact that it has had. That people were asking me to make a full episode more than 23 years later? Genuinely, it’s an incredible honor. Aside from the impact it had on what would become the FPS genre, I believe the most important legacy of DOOM® is its community, the people who have kept it alive for 25 years through the creation of mods and tools. It’s not at all lost on me that I have gone from a creator to a part of the community in that space of time, and I love that. My whole life has been about games, and if I hadn’t been a part of DOOM®’s creation, I would have absolutely been a hardcore member of its community. Another thing that’s been wonderful for me is a story I’ve been hearing a lot lately when I meet fans at tech conferences — they talk about having grown up playing DOOM® with their moms or dads and saying what wonderful memories they have. It’s a sign of DOOM®’s age, for certain, but it’s also a sign of its longevity. There are also so many people who got into tech because of DOOM®.