Gamers and fans of the DOOM universe took to the internet last week over an initial requirement to log in to a Bethesda account. To play the first three DOOM titles – DOOM, DOOM III, and DOOM 3 – on all console, including the Nintendo Switch.
For context, Bethesda has announced that it was going to be releasing the first three original DOOM titles on the Nintendo Switch. However, as reported by Kotaku, access to the games initially required gamers to login or to create a Bethesda account.
The move has been described as odd, if not bizarre; neither titles have online components, and the multiplayer elements don’t even require players to have a constant online connection.
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
Mercifully, Bethesda didn’t just sit back and do nothing. After the online ribbing by fans of the game, the publisher took social media and announced that the login should have been optional. And that it was working on changing the requirement.
While a fix is already on the way, some gamers have said that the change in requirement is unnecessary, with one even saying that it shouldn’t take more than five minutes to create an account.