Bethesda included the online login requirement in these Doom ports so Slayers Club members could get special rewards.
Bethesda fumbled their recent PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch ports for Doom, Doom II, and Doom 3 by requiring a bethesda.net login to play. Many players, especially on the Switch, will play games on the platform without an internet connection, so this requirement quickly sparked controversy. After all, these titles are all older titles that did not have this online requirement in the past.
Well, the login requirement will soon be a thing of the past. According to Bethesda’s Twitter account, the publisher admits that the login “should be optional” and was intended to reward Slayers Club members for playing the games. At this time, it is unclear whether Bethesda intended the login to be optional from the start, or if this is just damage control.
Update on our new classic DOOM releases:
The BethesdaNet login requirement was included for the Slayers Club, to reward members for playing the classic DOOM games.
The login should be optional, and we are working on changing the requirement to optional now.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) July 27, 2019
In any case, it seems a patch will fix the issue soon. Bethesda has tweeted that they will “update everyone when a fix is ready,” and we will update you here at DualShockers as more information becomes available. Doom and Doom II available across iOS, Android, PS4, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One, while Doom 3 is just available on consoles. Check out the trailer highlighting them all below.