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Fallout 76 Will Not Be Coming to Steam on PC; Releasing Through Bethesda.net

With Fallout 76's PC release, Bethesda confirmed that the upcoming survival multiplayer game will skip Steam in favor of Bethesda's own software launcher.

August 7, 2018

Among the big fall releases for the year the upcoming Fallout 76 definitely ranks high among the biggest, and while the game will be on PC like the Fallout games before, Bethesda has confirmed that those looking to play Fallout 76 will have to turn to Bethesda.net to play the game, as opposed to other PC game marketplaces.

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.

While no specific reason was given just yet for why Bethesda is opting for its own launcher for players to buy and play the game, the clearest reason would be that Bethesda may be looking to maximize potential profits from Fallout 76 by making the game exclusive to its own platform, versus sharing a portion of the earnings with Steam that would occur with distributing the game through there.

Bethesda also clarified that this will apply to both the full game and the upcoming B.E.T.A., which will allow players to try out the full game in October ahead of its launch, and will also give players the ability to carry over progress from the trial period into the full game.

Fallout 76 will release for PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 14th, 2018. If you have yet to pick up a copy of the game, you can pre-order it on Amazon ahead of its release this fall.

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