A recent announcement from Bethesda entails bad news for Steam fans. Their newest installment, Fallout 76, will not be available on Steam.
Bethesda has released that they have developed their own platform called Bethesda.net, and their flagship game will be Fallout 76. This is probably to dodge the 30% cut Valve’s platform Steam requires to put their games on their platform.
“The B.E.T.A. will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and on PC (via Bethesda.net),”Here is a link to the Bethesda.net F.A.Q. page that confirms the prompt to create a Bethesda.net account for the B.E.T.A.”
Now, before people start rioting, please remember that previous Bethesda titles were not available on Steam at launch. For example, Bethesda’s recent game, Fallout Shelter, took almost a year to enter the Steam library. Not to mention almost the entirety of their library is currently available on Steam, so with that information it should just be a matter of time.
There seems to be a trend of gaming companies directing away from Steam these days though (Origin, Epic Games, Battle.net and Uplay). It was only a matter of time before the creative giant Bethesda joined the ranks. Do we really want another platform to download to play a single game? Sure it’s only one extra click, but sometimes that is just enough for people to not want to buy something.
Will this be the major hit to Steam’s wallet? Probably not. But if more and more companies ship away their AAA games to their own unique platforms, we might be seeing a new face of PC gaming. The question is how long will Steam be the place for games if they are not housing the top games at launch? Only time will tell.
As we learn more we’ll keep you updated right here on Mammoth Gamers.