Bethesda has become the latest video game publisher to start dragging a huge playlist from rivals download services. The publisher’s latest online RPG Notice Fallout 76 contains tips for a first for a 3D Fallout game: It will not be sold via Steam.
Our suspicions were raised by the game’s beta response, which went live on Monday and included many remarks by the Bethesda.net store and the launcher of the game’s Windows version … but nothing about Steam. When we clicked on all common questions (all hidden with spoiler tags), we found a final answer near the bottom: “Both the bet and the game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on the computer (via the Bethesda .net only).”
The Bethesda.net launcher debuted on Windows computers 201
6 and has since released two exclusive free game games under its PC launch window: Quake Champions and Fallout Shelter . Both of these game PC versions eventually came to Steam. Bethesda’s latest statement, on the other hand, does not contain any indication that the award-winning Fallout 76 will ever find its way to Valve Software’s popular store and gaming service, which takes out a third-party publisher a 30 percent fee for all transactions.
From the presidency, Bethesda.net includes a wide range of games developed by Bethesda and its affiliates, along with some (but not all) companies’ backup catalog titles. In particular, ID Software History is not evenly represented on Bethesda.net, with only Doom II available from the classic series. (Yes, that means that 2016’s amazing Doom reboot is not yet available via Bethesda.net.)
Fallout 76 beta access will kick off “in October, Bethesda says. , and anyone who orders the game will be able to start their pre-release version when each platform’s beta period begins. (Xbox One owners will get the first crack, though Bethesda has not confirmed how long the exclusive period will be.) The publisher promises that all game progress will be transferred from the beta period to the final release, launching November 14. Frequently asked questions do not clarify whether any progress can be worn in the middle of beta, which is often the default for preprogramming of the software due to unauthorized exploits.
This news follows last week’s confirmation that Fortnite ] will skip the App Store in Google Play when it will eventually start on A ndroid phones. Bethesda has not yet signaled any interest in selling Android software in a similar way. Fallout Shelter is currently available through Google Play, while Older Scrolls: Blades appear on Android and iOS “later this year.”
More PC game publishers have established their own dedicated digital download stores in recent years, complete with payment systems, download management and isolated friends lists. In particular, Ubisoft still has to list all of its major PC games on Steam, although these purchases still require bindings to the company’s Uplay launcher, while EA and Activision have started decoupling their PC launches from Steam thanks to their Origin and Battle.net launches.