Doom Removed From Xbox Live Arcade, Back Up Soon

By Alexander Bevier in Gaming News
Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm
, one of the earliest first person shooters, is a video game classic. Created by id Software  in the early 1990s, the game is often talked about in reference to making multiplayer competition a necessary component in games, and in making text-based adventures nearly extinct. 

Because of its impact, the game has been put on almost every gaming platform from the Super Nintendo to the iPhone. But one version of the game mysteriously seems to have disappeared. We sent out the appropriate emails to figure out why this happened.
Doom was released on Xbox Live Arcade's Marketplace in 2006, but it has recently been pulled and is unavailable for purchase. This mysterious removal happened with little notification, but Director of PR at Bethesda Softworks, Tracey Thompson told us that it "has to do with expiring rights."

id was acquired by ZeniMax Media in June 2009, the same company that owns Elder Scrolls creator Bethesda. Doom was removed because Activision, Doom on XBLA's publisher, no longer has the rights to maintain the game on the downloadable service.

Thompson said that certain things had to be done when a game changes publishers, but it "should be back up soon from Bethesda."

id Software's latest game, Rage, is coming out for modern consoles next year.
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