DOOM Eternal: Update 6.66 Rev 2 Adds New Accessibility Features in Battlemode 2.0

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The frenetic shooter DOOM Eternal received a new update that adds new accessibility features in Battlemode 2.0. Update 6.66 Rev 2 also implements various quality-of-life improvements on all platforms.

Before anything else, Battlemode 2.0 is a 2v1 competitive game mode where two demons will fight against a fully equipped Slayer. If you are part of the demon group, you can choose from a variety of demons available in DOOM Eternal, including the Dread Knight, Mancubus, and Revenant.

That said, Update 6.66 Rev 2 adds new accessibility features in Battlemode 2.0. There’s now a Text-to-Speech option that, when enabled, converts text entered in the chat window into a synthesized voice. There are multiple speech profiles to choose from and you can cycle through them in the profile selections menu.

The outgoing text message will appear yellow in the chat window, signifying that it has been converted to speech. This message is audible to all people in the Battlemode 2.0 lobby. However, converted text chat messages are only audible to Demon teammates during matches.

Conversely, there’s an option that allows you to transform voice messages into text. Speech-to-text is a feature that provides an onscreen transcription from incoming voice chat in the Battlemode 2.0 chat window.

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As for quality-of-life improvements, one of the most notable is that the Combat Shotgun’s Full Auto mod wind-down animation is now interruptible by melee input.

Update Highlights

NEW ACCESSIBILITY FEATURES
  • Chat Translation
    • When enabled, incoming text chat messages are translated into the same language the receiving player’s system is set to. This functionality applies to standard and Speech-to-Text incoming text chat messages
  • Contrast Filter
    • This option reduces the speed at which screen brightness can change within the game. It can be fine-tuned with the following sliders when enabled:
    • Per-pixel Brightness Velocity: Limits how rapidly the brightness of each pixel can change, such as during explosions or intense combat sequences
    • Fullscreen Brightness Velocity: Limits how quickly the average brightness can change for the whole screen when it changes rapidly
QoL IMPROVEMENTS
Horde Mode
  • Added a notification effect when attaining a new Medal on the Horde Score HUD element 
  • Added option to hide the HUD in Horde Mode 
BALANCING CHANGES
Slayer
  • Armor gained has been reduced when flame belching a player demon from 30 to 10
Revenant
  • Reduced the cooldown between Dashes from 250ms to 50ms
  • Refuel of Jet Pack now occurs after using Rocket Barrage
Archvile
  • Increased Lake of Fire radius by 30%
  • Increased Lake of Fire damage from 6 damage per tick to 10 damage per tick
  • Reduced Lake of Fire duration from 5 seconds to 2 seconds

DOOM Eternal Update 6.66 Rev 2 is available on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

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