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1993’s Doom Requires A Bethesda Account To Play On Switch, Quickly Becomes An Internet Joke [Updated]

Screenshot: Kotaku (Doom)

Today, Bethesda announced the first three Doom games were all be coming to modern consoles including the Nintendo Switch. What Bethesda didn’t mention was that you’d first need to create a Bethesda.net account in order to play them.

ResetEra’s Nibel pointed out the requirement on Twitter earlier this afternoon. While Doom I and II only require you to login to a Bethesda account once to unlock the game, Doom III will require it every time you play in order for all of the features and content to be available.

It’s an especially bizarre requirement since none of the games have an online component. Each game only offers local multiplayer and doesn’t require an internet connection to play beyond the logins. I bought the original Doom earlier today because of the nostalgia of seeing the shooter I’d first encountered on the SNES decades ago playable in my hand on Nintendo’s newest console, but getting stuck at a login screen before I’d even fired my first bullet snapped my rose-colored glasses in half.

Is Bethesda really that desperate to get people signed up for Bethesda marketing emails?

In response to the requirement people have been poking fun at Bethesda with the help of software developer Foone’s “Death Generator” tool and imagining what it would be like if the login prompts appeared in other classic games:

Screenshot: Professor Whom (Twitter)
Screenshot: Monkey D Lenny (Twitter)

Bethesda did not respond to a request for comment about why the login requirements were added to the new versions of the decades old games.

Update July 27, 12pm—Bethesda says the login was meant to be optional and that it will be adjusted.

Note: this article has been updated to clarify that many of the memes mocking Bethesda.net were made using this software tool.

Source: Kotaku.com

Looks Like The Original Doom Games Are Coming To Switch As Soon As Today [Update]

Image: Bethesda (Doom )

Earlier this morning listings for the original Doom, Doom II, and Doom III briefly appeared on the Nintendo eShop, suggesting the trilogy is set to come to Switch, potentially as early today.

Spotted by Nintendo Life, the listings for the iconic first-person shooters appeared on the Nintendo UK Switch website. While none of the games had an option to buy them, they each had prices and full descriptions.

The original Doom and Doom II were both listed for £4 (approximately $5) and included four-player deathmatch and co-op. The first Doom was also listed as coming with the Episode IV: Thy Flesh Consumed expansion, including nine extra levels, while the listing for Doom II said it would come with Master Levels add-on. Doom III was listed for £8 (approximately $10) for the base game and the Resurrection of Evil and The Lost Missions expansion packs.

This news also marks the first time Doom III will have ever been ported to a Nintendo console. Hackers had previously been working to bring every Doom to the Switch themselves, but it appears like Bethesda, which owns the Doom franchise, is saving them the trouble.

While the listings have been taken down, it seems likely they simply went up early and will be officially announced during the Doom Eternal keynote at this year’s QuakeCon scheduled for noon ET today.

[Update – 12:07 p.m.]: The three games are currently live on the PlayStation Store as well.

[Update – 12:29 p.m.]: Bethesda officially announced the ports during the QuakeCon Keynote, and in addition to Switch and PS4, the games will also be coming to Xbox One and smartphones, but only Doom I and II on mobile.

Source: Kotaku.com