Fallout 76 Won't Be Available On Steam

Fallout 76 Won't Be Available On Steam

Just today, Bethesda updated the FAQ section of its Fallout 76 beta site, which covers everything about the upcoming multiplayer test.

In a statement to PC Gamer, Bethesda Softworks confirmed that Fallout 76 will be available exclusively through the company's Bethesda.net launcher instead of releasing through other digital marketplaces for PC games, most notably Steam.

Bethesda hasn't explained why it's chose to cut Steam out of the equation this time around, but it could have something to do with wanting to avoid losing any revenue to the platform.

Bethesda has revealed that the upcomingFallout 76 BETA will include the full game and all player progress will be carried over to the November release.

Of course, it is possible that Fallout 76 will still come to Steam at some point post-launch.

"Starting in October we'll be selecting people who have pre-ordered the game from a participating retailer to enter our beta", a Bethesda community administrator wrote on the official Fallout 76 forums in July. Still, it's a noteworthy move to skip Steam in part because the previous Fallout games were released on Valve's store.

"I and members of the studio regularly lurk, and it's been great to read through your questions and feedback".

According to the beta FAQ page, "the B.E.T.A". As PCGamer points out though, it took nearly a year for that to happen with the mobile-orientated game, so it could be that it takes some time for Fallout 76 to make the jump, if it ever does.