On Friday at QuakeCon, Bethesda and id Software treated fans to a surprise announcement that all three original Doom games are now available on Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One. Unfortunately, the positive reception to the new ports was dampened a little bit when it became apparent that players were required to create and login into a Bethesda.net account to play them. After a day’s worth of outcry, Bethesda has confirmed it is working on a way to make the login optional for all players.
“The BethesdaNet login requirement was included for the Slayers Club, to reward members for playing the classic DOOM
games,” Bethesda told IGN in a statement. “The login should be optional, and we are working on changing the requirement to optional now. We will update everyone when a fix is ready.”
Doom and Doom II both required players to login just once before accessing the games, but Doom III required players to login each time in order to unlock all features and content.
The Slayers Club is Bethesda and id’s official fanclub for the Doom franchise. Members earn points that lets them unlock skins for the Doom Slayer and demons in the Doom games, as well as merch coupons.
The reaction to the Bethesda.net login requirement led some fans to mock it by photoshopping similar text over unrelated games, like Mortal Kombat, Castlevania, and Kirby’s Adventure.
woah that’s great!!! pic.twitter.com/zdkPqnGcnE
— harry ciphers or whatever (@smudgebap) July 27, 2019
— Ch073n (@ch073n) July 27, 2019
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