UPDATE (17/07/2019): A Bethesda representative has issued a statement to IGN regarding the Xbox 360 versions of the DOOM games being pulled from the Xbox Store. Via email, the statement read “Players who own and previously installed the Xbox 360 XBLA backward-compatible version of the games on Xbox One will still find those games in their Game Library and will be able to reinstall that version of the game. There was an error with this functionality today, but we expect it to be remedied very quickly.”
Many assumed that Bethesda intentionally pulled their previous re-releases from the Store in order to force consumers to buy the more recent versions, but it would appear that isn’t actually the case. Plus, I’ll reiterate again there’s a new set of achievements. All is right with the world.
ORIGINAL POST: You might already know this because Nintendo pushed the button a little bit too early, but the mainline DOOM trilogy of DOOM 1, 2 and 3 have been ported and are now available on PS4, Xbox One and the Nintendo Switch. Check out the announcement trailer below.
DOOM 1 and DOOM 2 will set you back £3.99/$4.99 on all platforms, while DOOM 3 costs £7.99/$9.99. To be fair, given all the games are available on the Switch, that’s not a terrible price for a re-release. DOOM 1 & 2 are also available on iOS and Android, if the Switch just isn’t handheld enough for you.
That said, there are a couple of caveats. The Switch ports will require to sign into your Bethesda account first, which is a bit strange considering there’s no online multiplayer, but signing in will allow you to play the game when you’re not connected to the internet. Not exactly a faithful recreation of the original games, but hey ho.
Worse still for Xbox One owners, the Xbox 360 versions of all 3 DOOM games have seemingly been pulled from the Store, even though all three games were backwards compatible. If you’ve already got the games downloaded, or have the physical DOOM 3: BFG Edition, you should still be able to play these games (let us know if that’s not the case), but I’ve looked through the Microsoft Store for the Xbox 360 releases of all three games and came up wanting. On the plus side, there’s a new set of achievements. Downside, it’s undeniably a bad move on the behalf of Bethesda.
Awesome: Doom 1/2/3 being ported to X1/PS4/Switch.
Not so awesome: Requiring an account to play the new ports, potentially having always online DRM and pulling the 360 versions from the marketplace so backwards compatible versions no longer work.