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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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EA Launches Origin Access Premiere Subscription for PC

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EA has announced a new subscription tier to Origin, EA’s digital storefront and gaming library for PC. The Origin Access Premiere subscription will cost $14.99/month or $99/year. Members will be granted access to 100+ games on Origin as well as additional in-game currency, and early access to new releases such as Madden NFL 19, Battlefield V, and Anthem.

“Origin Access Premier offers players a wealth of content, including all of EA’s PC games and numerous titles from other publishers in a single membership,” said Michael Blank, Senior Vice President, Player Network. “As our first-ever subscription service with full access to newly-released EA games, we’re offering players more freedom to play the games they want, anytime they want.”

In addition to the Basic tier library of games, the Premiere subscription provides access to the following games:

  • A Way Out
  • Fe
  • The Sims 4 Digital Deluxe Bundle
  • Star Wars Battlefront II
  • Unravel Two
  • Madden NFL 19 Hall of Fame Edition (August 2)
  • FIFA 19 Ultimate Edition (September 20)
  • Battlefield V Deluxe Edition (October 11)
  • Anthem Legion of Dawn Edition (February 15, 2019)

The previous Origin Access Basic membership already granted access to a library of 100+ games for a fraction of the cost: $4.99/month or $29.99/year. The main differences are that Premiere includes extra content (most likely the deluxe edition) with a minimum $20 value. Additionally the Basic subscription grants only 10-hour trials of early access to new games, while the Premiere tier grants full unlimited access to new games several days in advance.

Both tiers also provide 10% off Origin purchases.

Unfortunately EA has also chosen to end its On the House program, where it periodically gave away free downloads to older EA games, such as Theme Hospital, Plants vs. Zombies, and Mass Effect 2. Any games that were added and downloaded from the program will remain in your collection.

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Sleep Tight Review

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Available On: PC, Switch

Sleep Tight presents the classic monster-in-the-closet tale and transforms it into a kid-themed tower defense game, married with the gun-play of a twin-stick shooter. Both aspects are decently executed if a bit shallow, and the theme of defending your bedroom against an onslaught of Pixar-friendly monsters is a fun one.

Yet Sleep Tight lacks the mechanical depth of other tower defense games, and surviving against the hordes is more of an exercise in quantity over quality.

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