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Fallout 76 Not Coming to Steam During Beta or Initial Launch

Aug 12, 2018
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Bethesda has released a statement saying that the upcoming Fallout 76 game is not going to be on Steam during Beta. In fact, even when the game launches later this year, you will not be able to play it on Steam. This is definitely disappointing news because the players on Steam have been eagerly awaiting this game from Bethesda. The official launch of the game is in October, so we do not have to wait much longer for the game to finally be released. We have all of the latest news about Steam being excluded from Fallout 76, so keep reading to learn more.

Fallout 76 Beta & Initial Release Not Coming to Steam

Fallout 76 is going to be released in October, but if you were planning to play the game on Steam, you will be sorely disappointed. Bethesda announced this week that the game will not be coming to Steam in the beginning, which includes the invite-only beta release. Instead of finding Fallout 76 on Steam, you will have to access the beta through the exclusive launcher that Bethesda has created.

You will be able to access the Beta on PC through the Bethesda website, on PlayStation 4, and through the Xbox One. If you check the Frequently Asked Questions section, you will also note that you can only play on PC using the exclusive launcher.

You must go through the official Bethesda website in order to play the game on PC during the beta testing. Once the game is officially released, you also will need to head to the website in order to play the game through the PC. Steam is not going to have either the beta version of the game or the official release of the game.

Fallout 76 Launch Excludes Steam for Now

The good news is that even though Fallout 76 is excluded in the beginning from Steam, it likely will not stay that way for too long. It seems to reason that the game will come to Steam at some point in the future, although we do not know when that will be. Fallout Shelter also first released on the PC through the official Bethesda website. It did not make it onto Steam until about a year after the release.

Fallout Shelter eventually did come to Steam, along with many other of the Fallout games. The Fallout games on Steam actually do really well, and are continuing to sell really good. Since the sales of the Fallout games are so good on Steam, even now, that is incentive for Bethesda. At this point, we do not see why Bethesda would not bring it to the PC gaming platform later on down the road.

Fallout 76 Launch Approaches & We Are Excited

When it comes to the PC games, a lot of companies are now moving towards launchers, such as how Blizzard has Battle.net. Fortnite also has an exclusive launcher thanks to Epic Games. It appears that Bethesda is thinking about doing the same.

That means making the games exclusive to the launcher instead of other digital platforms. A lot of smaller game developers likely cannot do this, as they do not have the fan base to be able to go their own way. When it comes to the big names in PC gaming, the fan base is big enough that the companies can use their own exclusive launchers.

One good thing that we did learn from Bethesda this week is that you do not have to worry about losing your progress. If you play the beta version of Fallout 76, you will be able to transfer your progress to the full game when it is released. This means all of the work you did in the beta will carry over and you will not have to start from the beginning. Some games make you start over when the full game is released, which is definitely annoying. You will be able to find the full version of the game when it is released, with the launch date being November 14.

If you plan on playing Fallout 76 we want to hear from you in the comments below. Are you sad that this game will not be available on Steam in the beginning? Do you think exclusive launchers are good for the gaming industry as a whole? Are you going to be getting in on the Fallout 76 beta that is invite-only? Let us know what you think of Fallout 76 in the comments below.