Fallout 76 to be exclusive to Bethesda.net

Yolanda Curtis
August 8, 2018

One benefit of all of this, according to the official FAQ, is that beta progress will carry over into the full game. Fallout 76's B.E.T.A. will be available first on Xbox One this October, before launching in full on 14th November 2018. The move echoes those of several other publishers who have begun to abandon Steam in favor of proprietary platforms. Some had assumed this would be the case, seeing as the Steam logo didn't appear anywhere on the site, and no mentions of the platform were made in the FAQ itself. If you pre-ordered through a retailer, you'll need to head to Bethesda.net, create an account, and redeem your code - this will either be on your pre-order receipt or email confirmation. It's a little surprising given that Fallout 4 was released on Steam, but Bethesda is probably confident that their own launcher is mature enough. The company plans to directly offer Fallout 76 for purchase through its own website, a deviation from previous Fallout games on PC. That's pretty bold and personally makes me wonder if the game is really bursting at the seams with content, so much so that you couldn't possibly blow through it all in a weekend beta period.

As you can see, PC players won't be able to download the BETA from Steam but only through Bethesda.net.

It has been confirmed that the Fallout 76 beta will in fact be the full game, with progression hopefully going across to the final version of the game.

There is the chance that Fallout 76 does make its way to Steam eventually, particularly if a sales hit occurs.

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