Bethesda Updates Doom Ports To Address Annoying Login Requirements
Be gone, login screen.
Bethesda surprised gamers with releases of Doom, Doom 2, and Doom 3 for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One during QuakeCon 2019. While exciting, fans quickly discovered that all three re-releases required a Bethesda.net account to access the game and/or certain features. A new patch now provides the option to skip the login altogether.
Bethesda tweeted that a new update for Doom and Doom 2 lets you skip the Bethesda login screen. The patch will also remove the message that you have disconnected from the server during gameplay, letting you slaughter demons in heavy metal peace.
We’ve deployed a patch for the re-releases of DOOM and DOOM II, which now adds an option to skip the Bethesda net login requirement and removes the disconnect notification during gameplay. pic.twitter.com/KtlbRvmRyJ— Bethesda (@bethesda) August 15, 2019
While there isn't a release date yet, Bethesda says it's working on a permanent fix to "reduce [the login's] visibility." Bethesda notes that the login is optional, though several outlets--including Eurogamer and Kotaku--have pointed out that though Doom and Doom 2 can be played offline, an internet connection and a Bethesda account are required once before playing either title offline.
We are working on a more permanent fix to further reduce the visibility of the optional login. We do not have an estimated release just yet, but we'll let you know as soon as we can. Thank you for your feedback!— Bethesda (@bethesda) August 15, 2019
Bethesda and developer Id Software are gearing up for the hellish release of Doom Eternal, which is expected to launch for Google Stadia, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 22. It serves as a direct sequel to 2016's Doom and aims to be a "fantasy combat puzzle," a phrase creative director Hugo Martin used to describe the "well-crafted experience" the team's making.
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