Romero announces SIGIL, the unofficial successor to Ultimate Doom's fourth episode

John Romero has returned to the game development battle arena to announce SIGIL, the spiritual successor to Ultimate Doom's fourth episode.

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John Romero is at it again with another game announcement. This time the cocreator of Doom has returned to create a spiritual successor to the fourth episdoe of the classic FPS game. SIGIL is a free megawad that will release for free in February 2019.

Here's some details directly from the Romero Games website:


SIGIL™ is a free megawad for the original 1993 DOOM® created by John Romero. It contains nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels. The free megawad will be released in mid- February 2019 and requires players own the original 1993 registered version of DOOM® in order to play. SIGIL™ is the spiritual successor to the fourth episode of DOOM®, and picks up where the original left off.

In addition to the free megawad, SIGIL also releases in two limited edition fan boxes created by Limited Run Games. The fan boxes feature music by metal guitar legend Buckethead, including a custom song written expressly for SIGIL, and cover art by Christopher Lovell whose iconic, detailed work has been featured on numerous metal albums. (Note: The free megawad does not ship with Buckethead’s music or Christopher Lovell’s art.)

The Beast Box of SIGIL from Limited Run.
The Beast Box of SIGIL from Limited Run.

THE BEAST BOX OF SIGIL INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • 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.

  • WARNING: This item is limited to TWO per customer.

THE STANDARD EDITION OF SIGIL INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING:

  • A beautiful demonic standard-sized “big box” 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 jewel case that includes the free megawad data and soundtrack by Buckethead.

  • 2 stickers: 1 SIGIL and 1 Romero Games.

Pre-orders for SIGIL’s fan boxes are open only from December 10 to December 24, 2018. Both the fan boxes and the free megawad will ship mid-February. There will be a limited amount of boxes produced.

Orders start at Limited Run Games at 10am EST: SIGIL Beast Box and SIGIL Standard Box.


John Romero took to his Twitch channel to show off the new Doom levels to all of his fans. This is a cool way to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Doom shipping, Romero spoke with Shacknews in extensive interviews for our Doom long read. What do you think Shackers? Are you willing to give these new levels a shot? The WAD will be available for free, but there are plenty of ways to support Romero's efforts with these special editions available at Limited Run. 

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