At QuakeCon 2019, Doom Eternal developer id Software showcased their new multiplayer Battlemode. The two vs one gameplay will feature the Doomguy battling five different player-controlled demons and plenty of AI opponents. The game will feature several new multiplayer modes when its released this holiday season.
Here is how Bethesda described Doom Eternal‘s Battlemode:
“Developed in-house at id Software alongside DOOM Eternal’s single player Campaign, BATTLEMODE features all the fast, frenetic and ferocious combat that defines DOOM across one of multiple unique and meticulously designed arenas. The Slayer and the demons’ objective may be the same – destroy the other side – but their playstyles are entirely different.
The Slayer in BATTLEMODE comes fully loaded with his complete arsenal, weapon mods and equipment. Not only is the Slayer’s gear at peak demon-eradicating efficiency, DOOM Eternal’s new movement abilities like the dash and monkey bar vault can turn the Slayer into a runaway freight train of destruction that’ll trample any unsuspecting demon.
Just like in the Campaign mode, aggressively seeking resources is crucial to victory. The Slayer takes what he needs from his enemies – players must actively Glory Kill enemies for health, torch demons with the Flame Belch ability for armor and chainsaw ‘em to chunks for ammunition.
Of course, playing as the Slayer is only half of the equation. BATTLEMODE also offers five playable demons for players to master – each with their own special playstyle and strategy.
Each demon offers unique abilities designed to outmaneuver and even outlast the Slayer if played cleverly with their teammate. For example, the Revenant can jet across the battlefield and bombard the area with shoulder-mounted rockets. Its special attack, a powerful barrage of rockets, offers a deadly long-range attack that gives players a balanced combination of offense and agility.
The Pain Elemental flies high above the arena and keeps a tactical eye on the Slayer’s position and pressures him from above. Of course, this also makes the Pain Elemental susceptible to the Slayer’s Meathook grapple, but players can defend against it with the Pain Elemental’s Soul Shield ability.
The Mancubus’ damage-absorbing bulk and arm-mounted ordnance spell bad news for any Slayer caught in close range. While not as mobile as its demon brethren, it makes up for it with its smoke bomb, covering its position so it can move in close for some real punishment!
The Marauder and Archvile are also playable demons available at launch, but we’ll have more details to share about them later. Trust us when we say they’re also a blast to fight as – and against – in BATTLEMODE.
In addition to their individual skills, each demon in BATTLEMODE share abilities they activate in the heat of battle to help corral the Slayer and set their team up for a kill. These abilities include placing deadly hazards on the map and summoning squads of AI-controlled demons.
To counter the Slayer restocking resources mid-combat, each demon player has an ability that shuts off the Slayer’s item gathering for a short period of time! When timed just right, this item-blocking ability can leave an exposed Slayer open to the demons’ attacks, leading to some spectacular finishes – or reversals. Properly timing your resource gathering as the Slayer (or denial as the demons) is a key element of BATTLEMODE’s blend of action and strategy.
These dramatic skirmishes, combined with the BATTLEMODE’s smaller player counts, tightly packed arenas and digestible best-of-five fights to the finish, offers a new kind of DOOM multiplayer experience perfect for playing with friends online and creating memorable moments to share together.
And of course, our plans for BATTLEMODE don’t stop at launch. We will release more playable demons and maps for DOOM Eternal owners post-launch at no additional charge.”
It seems like Doom Eternal‘s Battlemode will be an updated take on Left 4 Dead’s versus mode but with a fewer players. Let’s hope a future update allows for more player-controlled demons to take on the Doomguy, with perhaps even a 4 vs 4 mode that really pays homage to Left 4 Dead. Doom Eternal launches November 22 for the Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Switch, and Microsoft Windows.