Bethesda Clarifies Stance on Bringing Games to Steam Moving Forward

Remigio Civitarese
Agosto 14, 2018

This anxious some fans that all future Bethesda games would skip Steam, but that's not necessarily going to be the case as Bethesda's Senior VP of Marketing & Communication Pete Hines told IGN at QuakeCon 2018. Across all platforms, not just Steam, Bethesda can't always access the contact information of its players, but both selling and hosting a game only on Bethesda.net alleviates that.

Bethesda has already confirmed that its upcoming multiplayer RPG Fallout 76 will be exclusive to its Bethesda.net Launcher on PC, skipping a Steam release entirely. The game, which will put you in control of two of B.J. Blazkowicz's kids, promises to be another solid addition to the series, even if we haven't seen that much of it. But we weren't trying to say that we only want to make single-player. "We feel like the best way for us to provide the best experience and service to our customers is to be dealing with them directly, and not through someone else", Hines noted.

It is "possible" that Fallout 76 will come to Steam in future, Hines said-both The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls: Legends launched on Bethesda.net first before making their way to Valve's platform. "I am 100% sure I know whose fault it is and whose problem it is when you're having an issue with the game: it's ours".

Hines also addressed the state of Doom Eternal as it relates to Steam, and whether or not Fallout 76 might make it to Steam in the future.

"And with [Fallout] 76, it was just really important to us to have that direct relationship with the customer, that didn't involve somebody else".

Specific for Fallout 76, we are going to try this because we think it will give us the best chance to do right by our customers. "I guess, but I honestly couldn't give you any guarantee one way or the other on whether it will or won't".

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