After some speculation, it is official – Fallout 76 is not coming to Steam. This applies to both the BETA, launching this October, and the game itself. According to Bethesda, players will only be able to launch Fallout 76 through Bethesda.net.
This comes as no surprise. The Steam logo was absent from Fallout 76 official website from the very beginning. Moreover, Bethesda justifies their decision by saying that players can keep their progress from the BETA and transfer it to the full game when it launches on November 14. Apparently, this requires an independent piece of software to be pulled off. Or does it?
In fact, Bethesda’s statement is too vague to be sure. Maybe Fallout 76 is coming to Steam after all – it just won’t be there for the release and a few weeks or months following it. That would bear much resemblance to what happened to Fallout Shelter. After its release in June 2016, it remained a “Bethesda.net exclusive” for almost a year, eventually hitting Steam in May 2017.
Will this be the case with Fallout 76, too? As always, time will show. Until then all one can do is to wait for November 14 – and hope that Bethesda’s most ambitious project won’t miss the gaming’s most popular platform.