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Weapon spotlight: Unmaker

You saw it coming. The last weapon is Doom64’s Unmaker! The Unmaker is a devastating precision-weapon that can deals massive damage in straight lines. It is perfect for taking out priority targets, even when they are in a crowd.

       

This weapon also has a long history in its development. As soon as we started planning the new weapons, we knew we wanted to implement the unmaker somehow.

If you played Doom64 you know the Unmaker is a rapid fire laser that pierces through enemies and can have a small spread.

Thinking about translating this into 2D I immediately thought about a hitscan(instant hit) laser gun, much like the metal slug laser, except it would go through enemies.

The apparently bright idea

Problem is, It was too good. The weapon was just too convenient, it was a super powered version of the minigun or plasma. It didn’t really do anything different, it just did it better.

So then I tried to balance that prototype, low damage didn’t feel like an ultimate weapon at all. High ammo consumption seemed like the best way, so you could only sustain the beam for a few precious seconds. But that also felt wrong somehow… It made the minigun obsolete and it also didn’t feel ULTIMATE enough…

Then I went for a more BFG approach: rare ammo, small charge time and a high payoff. And after balancing the weapon it felt right, one of my favorites.

It felt like an ultimate weapon. Rather than shooting it for a few seconds, it builds up for a second and then it shoots a massive blast in the direction you are aiming. It’s harder to master, but the payoff is also more satisfying.

Getting the timing right is key

The Unmaker fires a huge laser (as tall as you are) that deals massive damage to everything in front of you instantly. Afterwards if anything survives the initial blast it will also deal additional heavy damage to the first enemy in front of you. This means the Unmaker is great for killing tough priority targets like archviles, summoners or chosen hellspawn even when they are surrounded by lesser demons.

If the additional damage is triggered, a visual effect is displayed over the enemy

The Unmaker doesn’t have the massive radius of effect from the BFG but it shoots faster and it also consumes HALF THE AMMO. So you can be a lot more liberal with your Unmaker shots.

Crowds of enemies or a big fat one reduced to chunks in seconds

Annihilate everything in front of you or deal massive damage to one target. The Unmaker is the perfect weapon for a platform game, delivering instant death in straight lines.

See you soon space marines.

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Weapon Spotlight: Dark Claw

The decision to include this weapon is a long story.

Mid-point in making the new weapons I realized that there was no short range splash weapon, rockets where too dangerous to use close range.

So I thought a flame thrower would be the perfect addition; a weapon that would use rockets in a different form. Short range and deadly!

I made a prototype and it quickly became one of my favorite weapons. However, there was a problem: there were no flame throwers in any Doom game!

What to do then?? I wanted everything to be based on lore. I didn’t want to just make one up!

So then I started searching a weapon that could be adapted. Hellshot? Lightning gun? Those would clearly be energy weapons…


Jazz hands

Then I remembered a really old twitter comment were someone asked about the Dark Claw from the Doom Bible. And so again I looked for the entry in the bible:

“Demon weapon that casts a dark cloud of tortured essence. Silent but deadly. The Dark Claw feeds on human souls. Killing possessed humans or hellslaves allows the weapon to feed”

This time I could imagine it as just what I was looking for. Dark flame-like globs that ate enemies!

Visuals from the Dark Claw exist in some of the alpha builds of Doom! (this one might be a recreation tho)

So then a conversation sparked.

-Isn’t this a bit obscure? I mean the “Doom Bible”? It’s not even a Doom game.

-It’s not even very clear as how it works.

-It sounds damn cool though.

-Better than slapping on a generic flame thrower.

-Ok, as long as it’s a fun weapon.

And fun it was. So I remember reading about the original Doom’s development, and how Romero wanted to include a demonic weapon that would feed on souls and heal the player. That idea would come about in the form of the Soul Cube in Doom3. And the Demonic weapon in Doom64’s Unmaker. But they never did come through with the Dark Claw.

Its like a flamethrower, but edgier!

So yeah, we decided to go ahead with it. And use some of the original concepts for it. I changed the ammo from rockets to souls, and the flames to look black and red. With the appearance of the weapon itself I took some artistic liberty. It’s not a single claw you hold. But the marine’s hands become the weapon! Since the weapon itself seemed very abstract, I thought this was the coolest interpretation.

The dark claw is a short range splash damage weapon. Its projectiles travel slowly and go through enemies. The weapon can deal heavy damage due to its very fast fire rate. Its drawbacks are its short range and the sluggishness of its projectiles.

The dark claw is perfect to get rid of clusters of enemies that might be too close to you. Its ammo will deplete quickly if fired constantly, but every kill will recharge it. So if you are killing weak enemies you can almost go on forever.

The dark globes will stop if they hit a wall, but they will keep on doing damage. So if you are being followed, a good strategy is setting the floor on fire.

More cool weapons and enemies will be revealed soon as we approach the final stages of development! See you soon everyone.

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The Cacodemons

We love the cacodemon. It is probably our favorite enemy… it’s just so charming!

So cacodemons in MiniDoom2 are a bit different. You will find them floating around from the second level onwards. This means that they are not as powerful as they used to be.

In Minidoom1 cacodemons where high level enemies that were really tough to kill.

just 2 missiles this time

In Minidoom2 they still have the role of a floating sniper, but they have less HP. The other stats are also a bit reduced: damage and projectile speed. Their shots still explode in a small splash area. This is in order for the cacodemon to become a more common enemy and use it often in the level layouts. So expect to see lots of these smiling guys.

Cacodemon variation

We didn’t want to lose the impact of a powerful cacodemon so made a variation based on the cacodemon from Doom 2016. Although this demon has a different role, it is a short range chaser.

It is also much tougher and faster. Once these cacodemons get close to you they will unleash a torrent of fire that deals heavy damage and can push you back.

Your best bet against these bastards is to exploit their short range, and weaken or kill them before they can get near you.

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The Mancubus

The mancubus is a wall of flesh that will stop your way with constant waves of fireballs.

The Mancubus’ fireballs are slow but powerful. Unlike other projectiles, if you get hit by them you will be pushed back.

Mancubi also shoot a lot!

Be very careful when confronted by them, or you may lose you footing and be tossed around by their fireballs.

They also come in different flavors.

These mighty beasts and more will be coming soon! We will be revealing more enemies as we finish balancing them.