Connect with us


Doom Eternal’s new multiplayer mode lets you play as the demons

Doom Eternal’s Battlemode will offer a tense game of cacodemon-and-mouse*.



Doom Battlemode

Doom Eternal’s Battlemode will offer a tense game of cacodemon-and-mouse*.

Doom, the 2016 reboot that revitalized the long-running shooter series, was beloved for its single-player campaign. Its multiplayer? Not so much.

The folks at id Software are apparently doing their best to make the 2019 sequel a more well-rounded package. Earlier today, Bethesda Softworks dropped an in-depth look at Battlemode, one of the shooter’s new multiplayer modes.


Battlemode is a 2v1 mode that casts two players as demons teaming up against the Doom Slayer. The mode will include six maps and five playable demons, three of which — Revenant, Pain Elemental and Mancubus — were revealed in the video. The demons are designed to be weaker than the Slayer, naturally, so they’ll need to team up and summon additional demons to stand a chance.

Every demon is special

Each demon has unique abilities. The Mancubus is equipped with a pair of flamethrowers and smoke bombs to help the slow-moving brute escape. The Revenant has a jetpack, a dash and plenty o’ rockets. And the Pain Elemental can fly and fire down on the Slayer, and hide behind a rechargeable soul shield.

All demons can drop hazards and summon AI demons to help in the fight against Doom Guy. The Slayer, meanwhile, has a full arsenal of modded up weapons and equipment, and will need to glory kill and chainsaw demons to gain health and ammo. Demons, however, can block supplies for a limited time.

Demons have the boon of being able to see the Slayer’s outline, even through walls. In order to hide, the Doom Slayer needs to break line-of-sight. Two portals, on opposite ends of each arena, allow the Slayer to warp around the playspace, helpful for flanking.

Each arena has jump pads and grapple points so that the player can traverse the entirety of the map without touching the ground.


Once a demon dies, the Doom Slayer has 20 seconds to kill the other demon and win the round. If the Slayer fails, the demon returns to the fight with halved health. The demons win if they can take the Slayer down. Progression persists between matches and demon players may be rewarded with the ability to summon the hulking Baron of Hell. Slayers, meanwhile, can eventually nab the BFG.

Bethesda is promising additional playable demons and maps for free, post-launch.

*The cacodemon is not actually in this mode, it’s just a silly pun.

Special delivery for you

If you want to keep on top of the latest news, features, reviews, guides, and sales, we can send all our latest articles and great content straight to your inbox. You know, collated together, once or twice a week, in a newsletter. We wouldn't send them one at a time – that would be weird and annoying!

Recommended for you

Andrew King is a journalist, critic, poet, stand-up comedian and museum caretaker living in Illinois.


Latest from Thumbsticks

Aliens: Fireteam Elite Aliens: Fireteam Elite
News2 hours ago

Aliens: Fireteam Elite release date and trailer revealed

Cold Iron Studios has confirmed a release date for upcoming third-person survival shooter Aliens: Fireteam Elite.

PlayStation Store sale - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order PlayStation Store sale - Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
News17 hours ago

Save up to 60% in the PlayStation Store Mid-Year sale

Outriders and Crash Bandicoot 4 are among the games on sale in the new PlayStation Store Mid-Year Deals promotion.

The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles - Objection! The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles - Objection!
News21 hours ago

Investigate the new Great Ace Attorney Chronicles gameplay trailer

A new trailer from Capcom showcases some of the new gameplay mechanics featured in The Great Ace Attorney Chronicles.

Immortals Fenyx Rising - Xbox Immortals Fenyx Rising - Xbox
News1 day ago

Save up to 90% with these new Xbox digital game deals

This week's Xbox discounts include a Ubisoft publisher sale and a new crop of Deals with Gold.

E3 2021 logo E3 2021 logo
News2 days ago

The award for most tweeted about game at E3 2021 goes to…

The latest gaming insights update from Twitter reveals which game at E3 2021 generated the most conversation.

Star Wars Vader Immortal - PS VR Star Wars Vader Immortal - PS VR
News2 days ago

Star Wars: Vader Immortal physical edition is out now on PSVR with exclusive extras

The Vader Immortal special retail edition includes all three episodes and a bundle of exclusive extras.

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania
News3 days ago

Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania 20th Anniversary Edition detailed

Sega has confirmed details of the Super Monkey Ball Banana Mania 20th Anniversary Edition and Digital Deluxe Edition.

New Nintendo Switch eShop releases New Nintendo Switch eShop releases
News3 days ago

New Nintendo Switch releases (June 21-25, 2021)

Mario Golf: Super Rush and Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater 1 + 2 top this week’s lineup of new Nintendo Switch eShop releases.