The Bethesda Launcher debuted in 2016 as the home for games from Bethesda and its studios, including id Software and Arkane. It was functional but stripped down to the bare essentials: As we said in 2018, “Bethesda’s launcher seems designed to be a nice interface for purchasing Bethesda’s games, rather than a way to manage them.” Valve didn’t cut the 30 percent Having to grant sales was no doubt nice, but the launcher doesn’t seem to have paid off quite as much as Bethesda hoped, coming April go all the way in favor of a full recommitment to Steam.
Firm dates have not yet been announced, but users with games on Bethesda’s Launcher will be able to transfer them to Steam starting in early April. Detailed instructions will be provided in due course, but the process will include all games in your library and launcher wallet – “You won’t lose anything from your Bethesda.net account,” Bethesda said.
Most saved games will also transfer to Steam (an inexplicably exception is Wolfenstein: Youngblood), although some will require manual transfers – details on these will also be provided later. Friend lists in games they use through the Bethesda launcher will also be merged into Steam.
Despite the move back to Steam, existing Bethesda.net accounts will not go away: they will continue to exist and be used to log into games and services that require them, like Fallout 76. Speaking of which, Bethesda confirmed in a separate FAQ that Fallout 76 players will not lose anything by moving.
“We’re taking every precaution to ensure your Fallout 76 characters, advancements, Atoms, season advancements, cosmetics, rewards, your friends list, and even the Perfectly Preserved Pies you’ve hoarded make this journey with you,” it reads. “Furthermore, your Bethesda.net account will remain accessible on our website, and you will continue to use it to log in and play Fallout 76.”
Bethesda is urging Launcher users to move their games and content to Steam as soon as possible once the transfer option becomes available: Bethesda.net’s Launcher functionality appears to be ending at the end of April.
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