Doom Eternal, the latest entry in developer id Software’s legendary FPS series, has just received its first free content update on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, introducing the likes of Empowered Demon foes, a new Echelon rank system, and more.
Empowered Demons are, as their name more than adequately conveys, particularly deadly demons that will hop from one player’s single-player campaign to another each time the monster successfully eliminates the host. It’s a process that will continue, with the creature growing more and more powerful, until a player successfully brings its reign to an end.
Players that successfully manage to defeat an Empowered Demon will be rewarded with additional ammo, health, and bonus XP. It will take up to 24 hours after the update’s release for Empowered Demons to begin circulating, and id Software notes that the feature can be toggled on an off, should a player wish to remain undisturbed.
Elsewhere in Update 1, there’s a new Echelon rank system that players reaching Doom Level 250 can progress through, plus a host of quality-of-life improvements and gameplay adjustments for the single-player and multiplayer, as detailed in id’s announcement post.
There’s one addition that’s caused a degree of controversy in the Doom Eternal PC community, however, arriving in the form of the new Denuvo Anti-Cheat software, not to be confused with the much-maligned Denuvo Anti-Tamper. As its name suggests, its inclusion is aimed at combatting unscrupulous play while in multiplayer.
Some are unhappy that the software uses a kernel-mode driver that cannot be installed selectively if players want to continue using their game. Valorant’s always-on anti-cheat solution recently came under fire for its kernel-level implementation, although, unlike Riot’s effort, Denuvo says its software is only active while Doom Eternal is running.
It has also attempted to combat complaints in a new blog post, offering assurances that while Denuvo Anti-Cheat collects information on how the OS interacts with Doom Eternal and send its to the game’s Amazon-hosted servers for cheat detection, it does not take screenshots, scan file systems or stream shellcode from the internet.
Doom Eternal’s Update 1 is available to download now on Xbox One, PS4, and PC, and its arrival coincides with id Software’s Precious Metals event (running until 18th June), giving slayers the chance to unlock new weapons skins, nameplates, plus player icons and skins.