Nostalgia’s a hell of a drug
During yesterday’s live-stream reveal of the Doom campaign, our comments section lit up with people exclaiming that this Doom wasn’t enough like the Doom they knew and loved. It turns out that the single-player portion is actually harboring several secrets that are almost exactly like the Doom those people hold so dearly.
In an IGN video, id Software shows off a secret in the game’s first level. Finding a hidden lever opens a hidden wall, and that leads to a recreation of a section of the classic “Nuclear Plant” level from the original Doom. What’s more, the textures and monster placements are the same; however, the enemies have plucked from this Doom and transplanted into the 23-year-old level.
I’m hesitant to call this an easter egg because id Software actively puts an emphasis on finding these retro callbacks. Each level houses one secret like this, usually just a snippet of a classic map. But, finding it will unlock the full level to be played from the main menu. That’s too much attention to warrant calling them easter eggs, but these are fantastic secrets nevertheless.