It seems that in order to promote the newly released Doom 3: BFG Edition, Bethesda and id Software have pulled the classic version of the game from large digital retailer Steam.
The Doom 3: BFG Edition came out last week and was supposed to deliver the quintessential Doom experience, including the three main games in the series as well as their expansions and even new content for the latest Doom 3 title.
Sadly, as we pointed out in our review, it’s not that great of a package, especially on the PC, as the graphics still look the same as they did back in 2004, and the new content, in the form of the Lost Mission expansion, doesn’t add that much to the story.
Now, in order to tie the hands of PC gamers who want to re-experience Doom 3, the two companies have apparently pulled the classic, non-BFG version of the game from Steam, leaving only the new and more expensive BFG Edition.
According to a Bethesda and id Software
public relations representative, who talked with RPS
, this isn’t a mistake, although those who already got the classic version of the game will still be able to download it.
“Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil are now only available through the BFG Edition, which also includes the Lost Mission. If you already own the original versions of Doom 3 and Resurrection of Evil, you will still be able to access them from within your Steam library,” the spokesperson said.
“We do realize that there are fans that would like to purchase the original version of the game, and we're looking into options for them. When there's new info to share, we'll let everyone know.”
This is certainly bad news for those who wanted to re-experience Doom 3 but didn’t want to get the new edition, especially since the BFG one doesn’t support mods.
In case you really want to play the classic version, it’s still available via Steam but only as part of the pricey id Software Collection, which includes all the games made by the studio.