Bethesda Clarify Statement Regarding Fallout 76’s Absence from Steam; Future Titles Might Come to Steam
Bethesda’s upcoming instalment in the Fallout franchise is taking new direction from previous entries in the series, providing players with a pure online co-op base building experience instead of the pure survival and RPG nature of Fallout 4 and Fallout Las Vegas. Around a week ago, the studio revealed they are stepping away from Valve’s Steam, the biggest PC gaming platform available right now, and will exclusively sell the title through their Bethesda.net launcher. Since then, lots of speculation regarding Bethesda and Valve’s relationship ensued, with people claiming no more Bethesda titles are coming to Steam from now.
Bethesda’s Senior VP of Marketing & Communication Pete Hines sat down with IGN at QuakeCon 2018 and clarified the entire situation. He discussed the reason behind the decision in the first place, and revealed how Bethesda haven’t decided on anything yet. Whether this will be a permanent step away from Steam or is it just a one-off experiment, we are yet to see.
We did not announce all future Bethesda games will not be on Steam. That is not what we said. We said this game will be available exclusively on.
We haven’t decided on anything else, this is specific to Fallout 76 given the kind of game it is — it’s an online, ongoing game. We feel like the best way for us to provide the best experience and service to our customers is to be dealing with them directly, and not through someone else.
There are some different things that have happened or have come up where having everyone work directly with you does make things a little easier in terms of talking to your player base, having them talk to you. I am 100% sure I know whose fault it is and whose problem it is when you’re having an issue with the game: it’s ours.
We have found very good successes in having those direct relationships with customers, and not been able to see those same benefits when we work through somebody else. And so, specific for Fallout 76, we are going to try this because we think it will give us the best chance to do right by our customers.
Fallout 76 releases on November 14th for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. In other news, Bethesda recently announced Fallout 76’s perk cards won’t be up for sale.