Fallout 76 and its B.E.T.A. Won’t Release on Steam; Will Be Exclusive to Bethesda.net

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Bethesda’s Fallout 76 and its upcoming B.E.T.A. won’t release on Steam, a Bethesda representative has said.

Instead, the game will be available exclusively through Bethesda.net – the publisher’s own digital platform.

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As covered yesterday, the Fallout 76 beta FAQ page contains some interesting details about the upcoming early access launch, including the fact that the B.E.T.A. includes the entire game.

The FAQ also contains another interesting tidbit as it mentions that the beta will only be available on PC via Bethesda.net only. In addition, the game’s purchase page doesn’t make any mention of Steam, and PCGamer has now received word from Bethesda that the game won’t release on Valve’s digital platform.

"The PC version of Fallout 76, for both the B.E.T.A. and the launch, will be available only via Bethesda.net, not on Steam," a Bethesda rep wrote to PCGamer in an email.

Bethesda officially announced the new Fallout game back in June of this year.  We've included the game's E3 trailer down below:


Bethesda Game Studios, award-winning creators of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Fallout 4, today revealed Fallout 76, the online prequel where every surviving human is a real person. Work together, or not, to survive. Under the threat of nuclear annihilation, players will experience the largest, most dynamic world ever created in the legendary Fallout universe.

Reclamation Day, 2102. Twenty-five years after the bombs fall, you and your fellow Vault Dwellers—chosen from the nation’s best and brightest – emerge into post-nuclear America. Play solo or join together as you explore, quest, build, and triumph against the wasteland’s greatest threats.

“We’ve been asked forever to bring multiplayer to one of our worlds,” said Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios. “And once we had this idea, we knew it was perfect for Fallout. It’s great to finally share this game and this world with everyone.”

The Fallout 76 beta test is slated for a release sometime in October, while the full game will release a month later on November 14 for  PC, Xbox One, and PS4.

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