Multiple Versions of Doom Games Are Being Bundled Together on Steam

Doom may be one of the most influential games of all time. And while Bethesda and id Software has seen massive success with the 2016 reboot and 2020’s Doom Eternal, some fans may still appreciate a journey back to the franchise’s early days.

Id recently decided to make that process a little simpler by bundling several versions of Doom games together on Steam. These include merging the various versions and add-ons for Doom 2 and Doom 3 into single Steam listings. The developer is also making several other changes to its older titles on Steam.

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As the studio explained in a blog post yesterday, id Software’s library spans several decades and includes multiple iterations of different games. This can confuse customers, as id’s Steam listings include multiple games with very similar titles. Id decided to simplify this system by merging multiple listings, renaming some, delisting others, and creating three new Steam bundles. These changes went into effect on August 10.

One of the more minor but still helpful changes is id’s decision to rename Ultimate Doom to Doom (1993). Meanwhile, Doom 2 now comes bundled with Final Doom, Doom 2 Enhanced, and Master Levels as one installation. Each game still launches separately, but players will be able to purchase and download them in a single package. Meanwhile, Doom 3 now comes with the Resurrection of Evil expansion and 2012’s Doom 3: BFG Edition, though they still require separate downloads. Additionally, players who own Doom 3: BFG Edition receive an upgrade to the new Doom 3 bundle.

Id Software also gave Quake 2 and Quake 3 Arena a similar treatment. Quake 2 now comes with its The Reckoning and Ground Zero mission packs as a single download with different launch options. Meanwhile, Steam users can now buy Quake 3 Arena and Quake III Team Arena as a single package with separate downloads.

The developer is also redoing its Steam bundles, replacing the Doom Classic Complete Bundle with the Doom Classic Bundle. This bundle goes for $18.71 and includes Doom (1993), Doom 2, Doom 3, and Doom 64. Gamers can also grab the new Doom Franchise Bundle, which consists of every game in the Doom franchise, including Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal. Finally, the new Quake Collection Bundle is $41.20 and contains Quake, Quake 2, Quake 3 Arena, Quake Live, and Quake 4.

Note that the changes mean that id has also delisted several games. These include all the game variants and expansions that id’s merged with their parent titles, plus the demos for Quake 2, Quake 3 Arena, and Quake 3 Team Arena. These games will remain in players’ Steam libraries, but id’s removed them from the Steam store. Hopefully, these changes will help make id’s Steam listings easier for users to navigate.

Source: Id Software

Source: Gamerant

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