Id Software's labyrinthian list of games is not beginner-friendly. Thankfully, the long-time FPS-centric studio is changing this. The developers just confirmed that it's consolidating the various versions, expansions, and missions packs of the older Quake and Doom games. The result is a singular package that aims to give newbies who stumble upon their games "an easier time."
So, if you're a more seasoned FPS fan who hasn't picked up the earlier Doom games because there are separate entries in your Steam library, this is for you. The changes will make it so that you now have a single entry for Id Software's older FPS games and even install them at once.
Don't worry. The confusing versions and names are still going to be around. These packages will only bundle the separate entries under one game. This way, you'll choose the version only after you launch your preferred game. This might come at the expense of much larger install sizes, but since these are '90s games we're talking about, you won't even notice the difference.
Here's a quick rundown of all the changes coming to Id Software's classic shooters:
- Change name for Ultimate DOOM to DOOM (1993)
- Doom 2 will be integrated with Doom 2 (Enhanced), the Master Levels for Doom 2, and Final Doom
- Doom 3 is merging into a new bundle containing both the original Doom 3 and Doom 3: BFG Edition. The new package applies regardless of which one you own, much more so if you own both. This will also include the Resurrection of Evil expansion
- Quake 2 is putting both of its mission packs, The Reckoning and Ground Zero, in one package
- Quake 3 Arena and Quake 3 Team Arena will be bundled under a single package
A Quake remaster was one of the surprise releases at last year's QuakeCon, so fans are hoping that Id Software has something similar up their sleeves on August 18. Who knows? Id Software might finally clue us in on its next game, which many believe is either a new DOOM or Quake installment.