John Romero has announced his new game which is a free 1993's Doom modification and it's called Sigil. The game will also release as in boxed collector's edition version. The game will feature nine single-player and nine deathmatch levels.
The co-creator of Doom and game designer John Romero has unveiled his new project called Sigil. It is a spiritual successor to the fourth episode of the Ultimate Doom and it will release as a free modification. Sigil will become available to download in mid-February 2019 and it will require the original version of Doom in order to play.
Romero announced Sigil on Twitter and streamed the game on his Twitch channel while answering questions about Doom. The game will feature nine single-player levels and nine multiplayer deathmatch-style maps. Sigil's announcement comes on 25th anniversary of Doom's launch.
The game will also release in two collector's edition versions created by Limited Run Games. Sigil Standard Edition Box will cost $39.99 and it includes a standard sized box covered with demonic artwork of a UK based artist Christopher Lovell. Along with that players will get 16GB floppy disk-themed USB drive, a CD which features music by metal guitar legend Buckethead as well as a custom song written for Sigil.
Sigil Beast Box edition is a pricey version and it will be available for $166.00. Along with the content from Standard Edition, Beast Box also includes art book signed by the illustrator Christopher Lovell, a Sigil-themed coin, XL t-shirt and a pewter statue of Doom's iconic in-game Easter egg - John Romero's head on a spike.
Doom's code was released as an open source software in 1997 and on Romero's official website, he clearly states that Sigil will be distributed as a Doom mod and is in no way associated with Zenimax or ID Software.
The note on the website says that Sigil is a trademark of Romero Games and it's not approved by Zenimax or ID Software. It remains to be seen if the Collector's Editions cause problems to Romero and if his former studios respond in any way to his latest game.