extramap.wad

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extramap.wad is a file included in Rebecca Ann Heineman's 2014 release of the source code and assets for the official port of Doom to the 3DO. It occupies a normally inaccessible slot "EXTRAMAP". It is an unfinished and unplayable level. It notably contains an excerpt from E2M5: Command Center which was removed from the Atari Jaguar version of that map, but has been retextured in the same manner as the portions which survived. Apart from that, it also contains entirely novel architecture not seen in any released level. The author and timing of the map's creation are not known, and whether or not it was ever meant to be a part of the Jaguar or 3DO releases is presently unknown. If it was created along with the other console levels, then the author may have been American McGee, as he did all other mapping work for those versions.

In July 2019 a "finished" version of extramap.wad was released by coltonrawr, although that version does not address all the bugs. A v1.1 update for his version was released in August 2019 which addressed the remaining bugs and truly finished the map.

Overview[edit]

Map of extramap.wad

Landmarks[edit]

The new architecture added to the map seems tentative and experimental. The spawning room contains an elevated platform with zombiemen and a spiral arrangement of exploding barrels which can be set off to kill them. This is somewhat reminiscent of the changes made to the opening area of E1M8: Phobos Anomaly for its console version. Outside of this area is a hallway with a distinctive "zig-zag" pattern built into the ceiling and a set of imps arranged in an arrow formation. Beyond this is an elaborately constructed area containing a demonic altar and a significant amount of enemy resistance, including multiple demons, cacodemons, and barons of Hell. This was rebalanced in the "finished" map (especially in v1.1) to make it possible to complete the map from a pistol start, most notably replacing the barons of Hell with easier monsters.

Secrets[edit]

  1. Jump into the green pit in the east to find an energy cell pack at the end of the northern alcove. (sector 37)

Bugs[edit]

Map of "finished" extramap.wad v1.1

Due to the unfinished and experimental nature of this map, it has a large number of issues:

  • Like some of the other maps in the Jaguar set, this map implicitly relies on missing textures being replaced with the ASH01 texture, as the Jaguar version of the game engine uses texture #0 in its internal directory when a missing texture would result, avoiding the hall of mirrors effect. This leads to an incorrect appearance if the level is loaded unmodified in a PC source port. The "finished" map works around this by texturing the surfaces with textures that match the surrounding area(s) starting in v1.0, which was further refined in v1.1.
  • There are multiple open sectors, including two of the stairs in the demonic altar area. This was partially fixed in the "finished" map v1.0, and was fixed fully for v1.1.
  • The portion of E2M5 which has been cut and pasted into this map is inaccessible without application of cheat codes. The "finished" map fixes this by adding a teleporter to the E2M5 area in v1.0, which was optimized in v1.1 to be bidirectional.
  • The same area of the map has several additional problems:
    • Some things are placed partway into walls. (The "finished" map moves these stuck things out of the walls to fix this issue starting in v1.0.)
    • The door at the end of the hallway which once connected to its parent level remains as a degenerate open sector made of a single two-sided linedef with a door action assigned to it. The line can be seen through into the void, and other parts of the level are visible through it. This line can be walked through even while the door is closed, and while the door can open and close successfully, there is no apparent change to the map's geometry when it is activated. (This was remade as an exit area in v1.0, and got an exit door in v1.1.)
    • The teleporter designed to escape the nukage pit is non-functional, due to still being tagged to its destination sector in E2M5, which does not exist in this map. This was addressed in the "finished" map by moving this teleporter's destination to beside the other teleporter destination(s), depending on which version you play.
    • The hallway designed to raise to allow for easy access to the plasma rifle doesn't have a switch anywhere to trigger it to raise, making the plasma rifle difficult to collect if loaded unmodified (it otherwise either requires a well-timed jump in source ports which support it or strafe 50 to collect). This was fixed in the "finished" map's v1.1, however, the exit switch in v1.0 erroneously has the tag set for this hallway too.

Screenshots[edit]

Deathmatch[edit]

Player spawns[edit]

This level contains seven spawn points in v1.1:

  1. facing east. (thing 97)
  2. facing east. (thing 98)
  3. facing east. (thing 99)
  4. facing east. (thing 100)
  5. facing east. (thing 101)
  6. facing east. (thing 102)
  7. facing east. (thing 103)

Statistics[edit]

Map data[edit]

Things[edit]

This level contains the following numbers of single-player things per skill level:

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