Premium DLC is a bit of a double-edged sword – as least as far as multiplayer shooters are concerned – in that they divide the community.
When a new DLC hits, the entire user base doesn’t immediately rush out to spend the money for new maps. Those that do buy the new map pack are paired with other gamers online to play the maps they've purchased while those who opted not to spend the money are limited to playing with others in the same boat.
This can be especially troublesome among groups of friends that typically band together to play online but according to id Software, Doom players won’t run into this issue.
The game’s first premium DLC, called Unto the Evil, is just around the bend. When it arrives, it’ll include a feature called PartyPlay that allows those without the DLC to play the new maps so long as someone else in their party has purchased the map pack.
For those that play with the same group of friends all the time, this could be a real money-saver.
Unto the Evil includes three new multiplayer maps (Offering, Cataclysm and Ritual), a new player-controlled demon called Harvester, a new weapon in the UAC EMG Pistol, a new piece of equipment called the Kinetic Mine, additional armor sets, taunts, new hack modules and more.
The $15 premium DLC arrives on August 5 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.