There’s been some hullabaloo over Fallout 76 — an online multiplayer take on the famous post-apocalyptic series — skipping Valve’s Steam service, so Bethesda’s Pete Hines met up with IGN to clarify the issue. Hines emphasizes that while PC versions of Fallout 76 will only be available for Betheseda.net, the same won’t necessarily apply for all future Bethesda games (although he admits that’s up in the air for the upcoming Doom Eternal). For Fallout 76, this decision stemmed from a desire to possess greater control in player experience and customer service, citing difficulties in communication with players on other platforms.
However, don’t count out the Steam possibility for Fallout 76 just yet: while Hines can’t guarantee it’ll ever make the move, IGN points out The Elder Scrolls Online and The Elder Scrolls: Legends eventually did after initial exclusivity for Bethesda.net.
We highly recommend reading the original IGN article to fully read up on Hines’ answers, but in the meantime, let us know your thoughts on Bethesda’s decision below.