John Romero released a new Doom level today after not working on the game for over 20 years

It has been over two decades since John Romero last fiddled with Doom and crafted levels for it. That sentence would be completely true if he didn't decide to release today a brand new Doom level of his own design.

I haven't played it myself but from the comments on the Facebook post it seems to be a dastardly difficult one. I wouldn't have expected anything else from a level that has been brewing inside Romero's head for who knows how many years.

You can find the download link here and a brief description of the mod below:

"After exiting the Computer Station you knew the worst was up ahead. You still hadn't reached the place where the demons were coming from. The steel door shuts behind you as you realize you're there; you're at the Phobos Anomaly.

Cracks from hell are all over the place as seepage from the portal invades the entire installation. Now it's time to find the portal and stop the demons from coming through. You know UAC had hundreds of scientists working at a high-tech lab somewhere in this area, and the portal must be connected to it somehow.

Time to lock and load."

If you're having issues installing the level here's a very helpful post from Reddit user bitbot going over each step in detail:

How to play it:

    - You need a limit removing source port like GZDoom

    - You also need Doom/Ultimate Doom (copy doom.wad to the source port's folder)

    - Download and extract the zip file in the same folder as the source port

    - Drag and drop e1m8b.wad onto the source port's executable

    - Possibly a window will pop up asking which IWAD to use, select  Doom/Ultimate Doom (doom.wad)

    - Start a new game, pick your difficulty

    - Open the console with the tilde key (~)

    - Type "map e1m8", without quotes and press enter

[If your source port doesn't have a console or you can't figure out how to use it, start a new game and type the cheat code idclev18 to skip to the level]

Finally, you will be happy to know that Romero gives you full permission to distribute the level through BBS, Diskette and even those high tech CDs I keep hearing about.

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