Doom Returns – Legendary creator John Romero Returns with ‘Sigil’
I was plunged into darkness, the flickering lights which had illuminated my pump action shotgun had suddenly given out. I clutched my weapon closer to my chest, the comforting feeling of the wooden stock frame and the reassuring weight of it’s death dealing barrels gave me the courage to move on. It was after a few faltering steps forward that I heard the wheezing moans and the flem-filled guttural growls to the left of me and the pneumatic hiss of a hidden door opened. I was swamped by demons, their hellish blood red eyes and powerful unstoppable bodies charging towards me, I fired my trusty shotgun over and over again until I was knee deep in the bloody entrails of my fallen enemies. I felt good, I felt satisfied, I had just experienced Doom.
My experience of the powerfully innovative and atmospheric title which first graced our screens in 1993 is one of countless epic personal stories which gamers have told over and over again. These stories are at times told like campfire horror tales or like heroic gladiatorial victories against countless demonic hordes in an arena. Regardless, most of the these tales have one architect to thank for their existence. John Romero was the level designer for the original classic Doom titles. His enthusiastic and powerfully charismatic persona mixed with his genius for enticing players deeper into the Sci-Fi hell rightly earned him the title as a legend in the gaming industry. Recently he teased and enticed fans with the number 5 on his social media until yesterday he finally revealed his project. Titled ‘Sigil’, this is a further 18 new levels for Doom and is described as the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of the original Doom. Romero describes it as “picking up where the original left off” and features nine single player levels and nine multi-player Deathmatch levels.
Romero is offering this exciting new chapter to the Doom franchise as a free download, a generous ‘thank you’ to his supporters throughout the decades. Sigil will also be available as a series of “special edition” packs for the gaming collector and for those who enjoy beautifully designed artwork. Here’s a run-down of what to expect from each edition.
Standard Edition – $39.99
- A beautifully designed “big box” with stunning artwork by Christopher Lovell
- A 16 GB 3 1/2 floppy disk themed USB which features the free megawad and extras
- A 2-disc jewel case that includes free megawad data and soundtrack by buckethead
- 2 stickers (1 with the stylish Sigil logo and the other featuring the Romero games logo)
Beast Edition – $166
- A beautiful demonic over-sized box, inspired by the id Anthology™ box, individually numbered and signed personally by John Romero and featuring the artwork of Christopher Lovell.
- A 16GB 3-1/2-inch floppy disk-themed USB that includes the free megawad data and extras.
- A 2-disc booklet-styled case that includes the free megawad data and full soundtrack by Buckethead and behind-the-scenes information on the original game and the megawad’s development.
- A beautiful 8″ x 10″ art print signed by the illustrator, Christopher Lovell.
- A SIGIL-themed coin.
- A pewter statue of John Romero’s head on a spike.
- An XL-sized SIGIL T-shirt.
- 2 stickers: 1 SIGIL and 1 Romero Games.
The head on the spike is a wonderful touch an evokes memories of Doom II and an in-joke that fans will immediately recognise. This Special edition is known as a ‘Fan box’ and will only be available from December 10th to December 24th so it’s important to get your order in now if you can. I can personally recommend this ‘Beast box’ as it is likely to be essential for collectors and features Romero’s signature.
Find out more details from the Official Sigil Website