Bethesda just sent over a note announcing that Doom 3 BFG Edition is now available on Windows PC for $29.99, and on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 for $39.99. This new bundle includes enhanced, re-mastered versions of the core game and its expansion pack, Resurrection of Evil, and The Lost Mission which contains eight new single-player levels for your demon-demolishing pleasure.
The new bundle is mainly optimized for consoles, bringing the 2004 game up to speed on the newer Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. However the BFG Edition now supports 3D and cranks out 5.1 surround sound. It also features improved rendering and lighting, and a new check point save system allowing for smoother progression through the game.
Last month, id Software's Tim Willits said that the game itself was sped up and many levels were re-designed to match the new pace. "It’s not just Doom 3 – that’s what we’re keen to make sure everybody knows," Willits said. "We’re doing more with Doom 3 BFG than just re-releasing the original. We’ve actually put a heck of a lot of Rage tech into the Doom 3 engine to kind of modernize the game."
He said the team updated the lighting so that it's somewhat brighter throughout the game. A new armor-mounted flashlight is also provided, allowing players to illuminate dark corners and blast enemies at the same time. The ammo has been tweaked, and the team even implemented the Rage network layer to make it run faster at low latency. The PC version even supports multiple displays.
"We went through every single level of the original and things that were really frustrating or not fun, we made them more enjoyable. So it is really kind of cool for us – especially as we all love the Doom franchise – to go back and rework the game in such a way," he added.
Never played a Doom game before? Have you been living under a rock all this time? You're in luck, as this new bundle also contains the original Doom and Doom II games. For the console junkies, the controls have been fine-tuned to capture that special Doom feeling in single and multiplayer modes. There are also Xbox 360 Achievements and PlayStation Trophies to collect.
"Today we’re bringing back id Software’s genre-defining shooter, with the release of Doom 3 BFG Edition," said Vlatko Andonov, President, Bethesda Softworks. "We are excited for new and existing fans to play the newly enhanced and extended Doom 3 – and for them to have the opportunity to play the classic Doom and Doom 2 games."
Doom 3 BFG Edition will also be available throughout Europe on October 19, 2012 on the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Games for Windows.