John Romero’s latest megawad for Doom is now available for download. It’s a free release that picks up right after Thy Flesh Consumed, which fans should know as the fourth and “final” episode of 1995’s The Ultimate Doom. The megawad weighs in at 3.1 MB and comprises nine levels.
Also available is the SIGIL Megawad Beast Box, a physical edition that includes goodies such as a 16 GB 3-1/2-inch floppy disk-themed USB with the game, styled case, XL-sized shirt, and…a statue of Romero’s head on a spike.
Romero has answered a number of questions on the official site. Here’s what he had to say about what compelled him to make Sigil:
People have been asking me to make an entire episode for many years now, and that picked up a lot after I released E1M8B and E1M4B in 2016. Many messaged me to ask if I’d consider making a 5th episode for the 25th anniversary. So, back in 2016, that’s what I decided to do. Like all other mods, it will be free. However, I also wanted to do something special, so we decided to also create an incredible package that fans would love and include an amazing soundtrack by Buckethead. Everything that’s included in the fan boxes is really cool to show off, and Christopher Lovell’s art is fitting for such a hellish game. The Beast Box has to be the most evil game box I’ve seen.
And here’s the story so far:
After killing the Spiderdemon at the end of E4M8 (Unto the Cruel), your next stop is Earth — you must save it from hellspawn that is causing unimaginable carnage. But Baphomet glitched the final teleporter with his hidden sigil whose eldritch power brings you to even darker shores of Hell. You fight through this stygian pocket of evil to confront the ultimate harbingers of Satan, then finally return to become Earth’s savior. In summary, rip and tear!