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Fallout 76 Not Coming to Steam, Beta Details Revealed

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In an update to the Fallout 76 B.E.T.A. (Break it Early Test Application) FAQ, Bethesda conspicuously left out Steam from the list of platforms. In a reply to a follow-up reply to PC Gamer, Bethesda confirmed that Fallout 76 will not be coming to Steam on PC, instead it will be exclusive to Bethesda.net.

Fallout 76 is arriving November 14 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The B.E.T.A. is coming in October.

According to the FAQ, the B.E.T.A. will be a significant head start into the full game. Progress carries over when the game officially launches. Since getting into the beta requires pre-ordering, October might as well be an Early Access launch for Fallout 76.

Pre-ordering Fallout 76 will result in an email with a code for the beta “at a later date.” Codes will be provided from either the pre-order receipt or the confirmation email. The B.E.T.A. is fully open to streaming and sharing, and represents the full game that’s launching a month later.

Access to the B.E.T.A. will require a free account at Bethesda.net. Exact start times have yet to be announced, but the FAQ states that it will begin on Xbox One first.

Steam has been the premiere digital marketplace for PC games for years, but we’re finally seeing some significant push-back. It’s well known that Valve takes a 30% commission from all sales on Steam, but most companies find the widespread exposure and user base worth it. It will be interesting to see how Fallout 76 fares on PC, and if it eventually releases on Steam at a later date, as was the case with Fallout Shelter.

Fallout 76 launches on November 14 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The B.E.T.A. begins in October for those who pre-order.

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Bethesda RPGs Fallout, Oblivion Now Available on GOG.com

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The DRM-free digital distribution provider GOG.com has officially added three of Bethesda’s RPGs to their catalog. Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas, and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion can now be purchased and played on PC without requiring Steam. All three games are being sold in their Game of the Year editions which include all officially released DLC.

As part of the release, the new additions as well as older Fallout and Elder Scrolls games are on sale throughout the weekend. Grab PC gaming classics like Fallout, Fallout 2 and The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind for 75% off. Fallout 3, New Vegas, and Oblivion are currently 50% off at $9.99 each.

Fallout 3 launched in 2008 as a massive 3D overhaul to the 90’s RPG series. Fallout: New Vegas released two years later, and was actually developed by Obsidian Entertainment. It was extremely buggy on release but has since been patched, and the four DLC packs were all well-received. New Vegas is generally considered the superior title but both games are fun post-apocalyptic romps within huge worlds.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion needs no introduction. Launched in 2006 it quickly became the benchmark for RPGs for the previous generation. It helped pave the way for modern open-world games, as well as the then-entirely new concept of Downloadable Content. Hardcore Elder Scrolls fans remain reminiscent for Morrowind, and 2011’s Skyrim is the behemoth best-seller that shattered records. But Oblivion is still a solid open-world adventure to lose dozens if not hundreds of hours in.

The Fallout and Elder Scrolls Sale ends Tuesday, June 6.