This week has been a tremendous one for Fallout 76 fans, like myself, who have been trembling with anticipation. With the B.E.T.A and release on the horizon, questions are popping up quicker than you can say ‘smoothskin’ and Bethesda are doing their best to answer.
Fallout 76 is due to release on the 14th November 2018 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. However, PC gamers will be unable to purchase the game for download on Valve’s Steam platform.
PC Gamer was given the low down by a Spokesperson for Bethesda and stated that “The PC version of Fallout 76… will be available only via Bethesda.net, not on Steam”. You can read PC Gamer’s full article here.
If you take a look at Bethesda’s revised FAQs you will see the same information. They make it very clear that Fallout 76 will be available on PC “via Bethesda.net only”.
The interwebs are a-flutter with speculation over why this decision has been made. It seems to be mostly centered around the amount of revenue Bethesda will obtain by cutting out the middle man. Either way, I’m sure it will not stop PC Gamers from tackling the West Virginia Wasteland in November.
It may be a little disappointing if you are an Achievement Hunter as Steam provides a system, much like PS4 and Xbox, to get even more out of your game. Much like PS4’s trophy system and similarly Xbox’s Achievement system, Steam gave you a 100% to work towards. This may no longer be the case.
However, this isn’t the first time Bethesda has announced a decision like this. Fallout Shelter did not feature on Valve’s Steam upon release back in July 2016. However, by March 2017 it was able to be downloaded using the Steam platform.
We can’t rule out that it might make an appearance in the future. Yet, for now, Bethesda.net is where you want to be.
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