Doom 6.66 Update: The update from hell
Bethesda, oh Bethesda! For anyone who doesn’t know Bethesda, they are one of the developer power houses in the industry with a long list of hit games including Elder Scrolls, Fallout, Doom and many more. They also have a rabid fan base so beguiled by their games and utterly convinced Bethesda are a god among men of the industry and can do no wrong; this is simply misguided and deluded! I have, personally, thoroughly enjoyed many of their games, and their effect and impact on the industry is undeniable. However, I have seen a recent trend of Bethesda becoming far less consumer friendly. From denying early review codes to journalists to the paid mods debacle which has led to the new disaster waiting to happen that is the creation club. However, what this rant is really about is the recent announcement of the new Doom update (6.66) which turns out to be an update from hell!
The update makes all of the season pass content part of the core game for free. On paper, this sounds great and, typically, would be something I would support. No more dividing of the community of those players who don’t own the DLC map packs for multiplayer and more content in the base game for consumers. However, this is probably the most anti-consumer actions Bethesda has taken so far.
Update 6.66 has screwed over many people who recently stumped up the cash for the season pass, which was around £30 or your regional equivalent. In addition to this, two weeks before this announcement, game sales like Xbox Ultimate Sale had the season pass on sale, Bethesda fully knowing that they planned to make it free shortly after the sale ended. The level of pure greed on display by Bethesda by preying on consumers who didn’t realise that what they were paying for what would be worthless two weeks later. It certainly looks like cashing in for a few extra sales while they can. Good luck on getting a refund if you were one of the unfortunate people who did buy it in the sale.
For actions like these, they need to be held accountable: They are not totally free of shady practices like some would like to believe. Consumers need to be made aware of such practices in the industry so they can make informed choices on who they support. Buying such games will only further encourage these actions, making this the norm. Think carefully before you make a purchase. At the end of the day, they are here to make money but that doesn’t mean they have the right to do this at the expense of milking consumers via a sale shortly before a product goes free. Bethesda is indeed taking you on a ride to hell with this update; buyers beware!