Steam is such a popular online store that PC gamers expect all the new games that launch to be offered for purchase there. That won’t be the case when Fallout 76 launches. Bethesda figures the game will be a big enough draw that it can sell the title directly to gamers exclusively from its own website.
What that means for gamers is likely to be yet another digital gaming platform to be installed on their PCs like Origin and Steam. Bethesda let these factoids slip in a FAQ for the game which stated that the PC version of the game is going to be available only via Bethesda.net.
TechRadar reports that Bethesda issued a statement that read, “The PC version of Fallout 76, for both the B.E.T.A. and the launch, will be available only via Bethesda.net, not on Steam.” Fans planning to grab the beta as soon as it launches will be glad to hear the beta it is the full game.
When you play the beta and then purchase the full game when it launches, all player progress is carried over to the full version. Not offering the game on Steam is a bit annoying as Steam is very popular and gamers are used to having most of their games in one place. Bethesda is right though, Fallout fans will buy the game directly, but they don’t have to like it.