Doom and Doom 2 update adds widescreen support, more

By Stephany Nunneley, Friday, 4 September 2020 19:46 GMT

A new update is available for classic Doom and Doom 2 on all platforms.

The update to classic Doom and Doom 2 includes QOL improvements, performance optimization, and more.

On PC, the games now have Steam support so anyone who already owns The Ultimate Doom or Doom 2: Hell on Earth on Steam will automatically receive the new re-releases in their libraries.

The original DOS versions are still available as a separate launch option from within Steam, and the original DOS IWAD files are in their original location on disk.

Along with the aforementioned, the game now has widescreen rendering support, allowing Doom to natively render at 16:9 without any letterboxing. All new 16:9 versions of the title screen, intermission, and ending screens have been added. Many add-ons have also had widescreen support added.

The FOV has also been increased to reveal more images on the side instead of chopping off the top and bottom.

Gyro Aim has been added on PC, Switch, and PS4 Enabled by default, this allows you to look left and right by either turning the controller or rolling the controller left or right. Gyro Aim can be set to either use the controller’s yaw, or pitch, or disabled entirely, along with a separate sensitivity slider.

On the PC version, Gyro Aiming is only supported when using a DualShock 4 controller.

Also, BTSX Episode 1 and Episode 2 are now available in both games. Previously available for Doom 2, both parts of this community add-on are now available for owners of either title.

More of what to expect in the update can be found below.

Doom and Doom 2 update

Updates

  • DeHackEd support: The engine now can load DeHackEd patches, a popular tool for the original release that modified the game in order to support more advanced behavior. Add-ons can now use new weapons, change enemy behavior, and more.
  • Deathmatch 3.0 in split-screen multiplayer: Split-screen deathmatch has been changed to what is commonly known in the community as “Deathmatch 3.0.” Weapons will stay in the world after being picked up in order to account for the extreme lethality of Doom’s weapons, and the weakness of the starting pistol, while all items and ammo respawn on a 30-second timer. Invulnerability and Invisibility will never respawn after being picked up for the first time.
  • Added optional crosshair: A crosshair, which can be disabled in Gameplay Options, will also change colors when targeting an enemy. This means less guessing if firing a rocket is going to aim at the enemy above you, or fire directly into your face, bringing about an untimely death. Enabling the crosshair may also help reduce motion sickness by giving you a fixed point to focus on.
  • iOS: New touch controls: A new, more precise touch control scheme has been implemented. The previous system that required gestures and double-tapping has been changed in favor of on-screen buttons. Looking around while holding down the fire button lets you track enemies and fire during protracted encounters, while momentum on turning has been disabled for better precision and more predictable turns. A fire button has been added to both sides of the screen allowing you to better react to being unexpectedly hit from behind.
  • iOS: Added controller support: If touch controls aren’t your thing, the games now support MFi controllers fully. PS4 and Xbox One controllers that are supported by iOS 13 will also now work for input and have the same controller mappings as all the other platforms.
  • Android/iOS/PC: Added FPS Limiter: On iOS, 30, 60, and 120FPS has been added for devices that have 120hz refresh rate screens. On Android, 30, 60, 90, and 120FPS are available. Finally, on PC, you can set it to 30, 60, 120, 144, 165, 240, and unlimited FPS.
  • Added millisecond accurate timer: A millisecond accurate timer has been added to the minimap, and to the end of level intermission, for anyone looking to speedrun levels.
  • PC: Keyboard entry of cheat codes: iddqd, idkfa, idclip, and all of their friends can now be entered from the keyboard, in addition to the Cheats menu, as in the original 1993 release.
  • Added secret area notification: A message and notification are now displayed when you enter into a secret area for the first time.
  • Added Ultra-Violence+ Skill Level: Ultra-Violence+ is a twist on our existing Ultra-Violence skill level. Deathmatch/Co-op only weapons will spawn in, and enemies are fast like in Nightmare mode. In Doom 2 this means you get the BFG and Rocket Launcher right from the start, but in Final Doom: Plutonia you’ll have a Spider Mastermind staring you down as soon as you spawn in on the first level. It cuts both ways.

Fixes

  • Nightmare behavior has been fully restored to the original 1993 release by making enemies move twice as fast.
  • In honor of double speed enemies returning, the warning when selecting Nightmare difficulty has been restored.
  • Resolved an issue where lighting in split-screen was not accurate compared to single-player.
  • Improved behavior of additional lighting options to increase light levels more accurately across walls and floors.
  • PC/Switch: Reduced input latency by disabling rendering extra frames in advance.
  • Reduced delay in starting certain MIDI music in Add-On levels.
  • Resolved an issue from the original 1993 release where the Super Shotgun blast will linger for an extra frame.
  • Resolved an issue from the original 1993 release where the Former Human would not light up when firing.
  • Resolved a rendering issue from the original 1993 release where certain textures wouldn’t tile vertically, commonly known as the “Tutti-Frutti Effect”

Changes 

  • Restored original attract loop to the original 1993 release. The original title screen and credits screen are now visible between demo playback.
  • Restored cut message from the original 1993 release when picking up a medkit, while having with less than 25 health.
  • Restored cut “ouch face” from the original 1993 release for when a lot of damage is taken in a single hit.
  • The intermission screen is now shown after boss levels, instead of cutting immediately to the ending screens in order to see level completion stats and time. Par times have been added to E1M8, E2M8, and E3M8.
  • Random SFX pitch is now disabled for chainsaw sounds to allow for better looping. Random pitch variation has been reduced for other sounds.
  • Pickup sounds and player voices will no longer interrupt weapon firing sounds.
  • PS4/XB1/PC: VSync option in Video Settings to minimize input latency, at the cost of potential screen tearing.
  • Add-Ons will now use their intended custom graphics during intermission and level loading screens.
  • Latest Add-Ons appear on the top of the Downloaded list.

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