Bethesda confirms that those that pre-order DOOM on Xbox One will be given copies of the first two Doom games for free, thanks to backward compatibility.
While DOOM will have pre-order bonuses across all the systems it’s available on, those that pre-order the game on Xbox One will be getting a little something extra. As announced today, anyone that pre-orders DOOM for the system will receive the first two games in the series as free digital downloads. Better yet, those that pre-order won’t have to wait for the launch of the new game to enjoy their freebies.
Codes for the original Doom as well as Doom 2: Hell on Earth are expected to be sent out 7-10 days after pre-ordering the new game on Xbox One. In addition to the two free games, DOOM‘s other pre-order bonus is also included, in the form of the Demon Multiplayer Pack.
Bethesda is able to offer the first two Doom games as pre-order bonuses on Xbox One thanks to Xbox One’s backward compatibility with Xbox 360 games. The company has been a staunch supporter of Microsoft’s backward compatibility initiative since the outset, with the first two Doom games having been made playable on the system since the service launched for Xbox One owners last November.
However, with both 360-era Elder Scrolls games still not playable on Xbox One, it definitely seems as though Bethesda is mainly using the service to encourage Xbox One owners to pre-order their games. For example, Fallout 3 was a pre-order bonus for Fallout 4 on Xbox, and now we’re seeing Bethesda employ the same strategy with the DOOM reboot. Perhaps Oblivion and Skyrim will be added to the list of Xbox 360 games playable on Xbox One when The Elder Scrolls 6 is inevitably announced.
Having said that, it’s unclear at this point how much pre-order incentives like these influence consumer decisions. Take, for instance, a gamer that owns both a PS4 and an Xbox One. Do pre-order bonuses like free old games convince them to choose one system over another? Furthermore, does sweetening the pot like this actually result in more pre-orders in general?
Those are two questions that are tough to answer, but it seems unlikely that Bethesda would continue doing this if the company didn’t think that it was benefiting in some way from it. While concrete data on the matter isn’t readily available, it seems safe to assume that Bethesda is hoping to increase DOOM‘s pre-order sales by throwing in the first two Doom games for free.
In any case, it will be interesting to see how the gaming public responds to DOOM when it releases in a few months. The game has been in development for a long time, which makes sense as it is looking to modernize the old-school style of first-person shooter, while also including a full single-player campaign, a robust multiplayer mode, and even impressive map creation tools. Luckily, we won’t have to wait long to find out if id Software’s hard work and Bethesda’s pre-order bonus strategy pays off.
DOOM will be available on May 13 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.