Doom Eternal seems to be getting mod support – but where’s the sequel?

Doom Eternal is still hella good (Picture: Bethesda)

A backend update suggests developer id Software is planning official mod support for Doom Eternal, ahead of the game’s anniversary.

Four years after Doom Eternal was originally released, it seems developer id Software could be cooking up a significant update.

The sequel to 2016’s Doom reboot is still one of the best shooters of recent years, and has been supported by two very difficult slices of DLC in The Ancient Gods: Part One and Part Two, since it came out in March 2020.

All these years later, however, it seems official mod support might finally be coming to the game. Doom Eternal does currently have a modding community, but it’s never been officially integrated into the game by developer id Software.

As noted on Doom Eternal’s SteamDB page, a number of changes were made on Tuesday March 12, including a listing named ‘DoomModPortal.exe’. Alongside this, there’s a change which lists the description ‘Launch mod portal’.

While nothing has been officially announced, it’s hard to imagine this is anything else other than some kind of gateway to create and share community projects within Doom Eternal.

Coincidentally, the game’s four year anniversary is coming up on March 20, which might be the perfect time to drop a surprise announcement.

Back in 2019, prior to the game’s launch, Doom Eternal executive producer Marty Stratton stated how they intended to eventually add mod support.

‘We’ve actually done things technically that are getting us closer to doing mod support, but it won’t be immediate,’ Stratton told Game Informer. ‘I think longer term. We made technical decisions years ago that we’re still moving away from, and they’re getting us closer to those kinds of things.’

Considering it’s almost been four years since Doom Eternal came out, the bigger question might be when we’ll see a follow-up. A game titled Doom Year Zero was leaked in Microsoft documents last year, but nothing has been officially announced or rumoured.

It’s very likely id Software is working on another new entry though, as Doom Eternal proved to be financial and critical hit back in 2020, picking up five nominations at The Game Awards.

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