Fallout 76 will not be released on Steam

Game publisher Bethesda has announced that the game Fallout 76 announced in June will be available via its own website and not via Steam. It is not clear why the publisher chooses this.

The website PC Gamer noted that the Fallout 76 sales page did not mention anything about Steam and reached out to Bethesda for clarification. The publisher gave that in the form of a short email, stating that the PC version of Fallout 76 will only be released via Bethesda.net. This applies to both the beta and the release version. The fact that Bethesda is not releasing Fallout 76 on Steam is somewhat remarkable, since all previous Fallout games have just appeared on Valve’s game platform.

A faq from Bethesa states that the Fallout 76 beta is planned to be the full game. Beta versions are often separate games and downloads, as it were, which disappear after the beta period. That probably won’t happen with the Fallout 76 beta; the progress players have made will be saved permanently and will be available as usual with the release version. A beta test with limited access will follow in October; Initially, the test is only open to people who have placed a preorder and owners of the Xbox One will be the first to get access.

Fallout 76 is an online game with both single player and multiplayer elements. The game takes place in the US state of West Virginia and every person in the game is a human player. Players can opt for a single player experience, but they can also work together to survive. The game will be released on November 14 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.