Doom and Quake developer id Software is bundling multiple versions of its games together on Steam to make finding and buying them a little less confusing.
The developer explained in a blog post that it will no longer list several copies of the same game on Steam but instead include each version under the one main title.
Doom II, for example, was previously available in four different forms: Doom II, Doom II (Enhanced), Master Levels for Doom II, and Final Doom. Following the change made on August 10, however, all of these games will be included simply under the Steam listing for Doom II.
Ultimate Doom has been rebranded as Doom (1993), and the same consolidation treatment has taken place for Doom 3, plus Quake II and Quake III Arena. Id Software has also updated its collections so that the Classic Bundle now includes Doom (1993) through to Doom 64 and the Franchise Bundle includes these plus the modern day Doom (2016) and Doom Eternal.
“Spanning across multiple decades, id Software’s library of work is as vast as it is full of amazing games,” the post said. “However, this means a number of the id’s offerings have been released or reiterated in ways that can make our digital storefronts a touch confusing.
“Rather than write out the differences between Final Doom, Ultimate Doom and just Doom, we’re consolidating our Steam library of titles. For those id Software experts that do know all the variations of our games released on Steam, bear with us as we simplify how our games appear so that newcomers have an easier time.”
The different versions that have been delisted as a result of the consolidation will still be available to those who’ve already purchased them but will no longer appear on Steam’s storefront.
The latest Doom game, Doom Eternal, is arguably one of the series’ best as IGN said it was amazing in our 9/10 review. The original game, meanwhile, has been modded into a number of weird and wacky devices, as the game has now been played on a McDonald’s kiosk, on Twitter, a pregnancy test, and even within Doom itself.
Ryan Dinsdale is an IGN freelancer. He’ll talk about The Witcher all day.
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