Fallout 76 abandons Steam in favour of Bethesda.net


In Quake Champions' case, the open beta had a couple of short months' head start on Bethesda's launcher, whereas it was eight months in Fallout Shelter's case.

Today, Bethesda Softworks has updated the official FAQ for the Fallout 76 beta and mentioned an important information regarding the progress being able to carry over to the final game. Usually, it gives players a way to see if they like the game or not and they get rewarded with a small in-game trinket as a thank you for testing the game.

Those still looking to secure their spot in the beta can pre-order Fallout 76 now at Mighty Ape. Specifically, the publisher/developer added an answer explaining that the beta will feature the full game.

According to the game's beta FAQ page, "the B.E.T.A. and the game will be available on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and on PC (via Bethesda.net only)". Since Fallout 76 is an online game, Bethesda believes that feedback is essential to the experience as it evolves over time.

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"With that in mind, we know you're anxious to learn more about the game and more specifically, about the B.E.T.A".

In releasing Fallout 76 through its own launcher, Bethesda avoids paying Steam operator Valve its cut of sales. As PCGamer points out though, it took nearly a year for that to happen with the mobile-orientated game, so it could be that it takes some time for Fallout 76 to make the jump, if it ever does.

Fallout 76 is slated for release in October this year.