Wed. Sep 28th, 2022
You can still buy and play the first three Doom games on Xbox One consoles.  But this comes after certain Xbox One-compatible ports of the series were apparently removed from the list on Friday.
enlarge You can still buy and play the first three Doom games on Xbox One consoles. But this comes after certain Xbox One-compatible ports of the series were apparently removed from the list on Friday.

Aurich Lawson / id software

[Update: Bethesda now says it has resolved an issue preventing previous purchasers from re-downloading the Xbox 360 versions of Doom and Doom II on the Xbox One. New customers on the console will still have to buy the new Xbox One native version, however.]

As part of the annual QuakeCon festivities, id Software has surprisingly announced a launch of all three “original” disaster games on modern consoles on Friday, with immediate effect. That was good news for PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch owners, who haven’t yet released ports of disasterDoom IIor Doom 3: BFG Edition

But the news was different on Xbox One, where all three games had already received digital download ports thanks to that platform’s hefty Xbox 360 backwards compatibility program. And on Friday, Bethesda gave the holders of that version a rude awakening: the company completely deleted those Xbox 360 versions.

At the time of writing, the original SKUs of those games can still be found in Larry “Major Nelson” Hyrb’s definitive Xbox 360 backwards compatibility list, along with reminders that those games came back to life on Xbox One in 2015 and 2016— console. of the listings of affected Doom games right now, however, leads to dead Xbox 360 content pages, the kind you might find for deleted Xbox games like Marvel Ultimate Alliance

Owners of the original licenses will not be forwarded to the new SKUs on their consoles, and as of this writing, the original owners of those games are being asked to pay full price to play the new, Xbox One native versions of those classic games. play ($5 each for disaster and Doom II$10 for Downfall 3

Wait – they removed online play?!

These new SKUs add both features and remove properties. Both of the first two disaster games now come with native split-screen play in both deathmatch and co-op modes for up to four players, a first for an id Software-produced version of both games. However, Doom IIThe Xbox 360 version originally launched with an exclusive console expansion pack, “No Rest For The Living”, and that has not been brought back in today’s new Xbox One version. Worse, both of the first two games have lost all of their online gameplay modes (deathmatch, co-op). From what I can see Downfall 3The entire “BFG Edition” pack has been kept intact, complete with the accompanying expansion packs.

If you have not deleted either original disaster game from your Xbox One, the games will still work as advertised, complete with access to the online mode. For now, it appears that re-downloading the game is still possible if you’ve previously purchased it, although you may have to jump through the hoop to download the “free trial” via Xbox.com. (Spread reports indicate Xbox 360 consoles can still redownload both natively) disaster and Doom II.) The best way to keep the Xbox 360 versions of these three games on Xbox One is to get an Xbox 360 disc image of Doom 3: BFG Edition useful. Putting that drive in will still prompt players to install all three 360 ​​SKUs from the original games on their Xbox One hard drive.

Representatives from Bethesda did not immediately respond to Ars Technica’s questions about the deletion. We’ll monitor the situation and post an update if Bethesda gives existing classic-Doom buyers any recourse to get their purchases back.

Consider today’s news another reminder that your digital game purchases are nothing more than licenses, which publishers can freely revoke. Konami’s Free Horror Game Demo PT is the most obvious example, and the removal of the PS4 in 2015 prompted avid fans to sell working consoles for over $1,000. Issues with licensed songs and characters have cursed the availability of games featuring characters like Scott Pilgrim, Wolverine, and Mickey Mouse.

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