Published: Tue, August 14, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Bethesda Won’t Necessarily Skip Steam for Its Games After Fallout 76

Bethesda Won’t Necessarily Skip Steam for Its Games After Fallout 76

But one game that didn't get much mention during the show was Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which was announced during Bethesda's E3 presentation earlier this year.

Bethesda made waves last week when it was learned that the upcoming multiplayer experience Fallout 76 will not be available through Steam and will instead release through Bethesda.net for PC players.

The shocking news left everyone wondering if this signals a split between Bethesda and Steam, similar to what we had seen in the past with EA, and more recently with Call of Duty and Activision.

Pete Hines, Bethesda's Vice President of Global Marketing, spoke to IGN during QuakeCon about the decision. "That is not what we said. There's no guessing. There's no, 'oh, well somebody else updated something and now our thing doesn't work and we have to wait to fix it.' It's our game, it's our problem, and we can talk to you directly".

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The reason for this, according to Hines, is to provide the best experience by talking directly to customers.

As to why the company chose to go exclusive, he said it was to "to provide the best experience and service to our customers" without having to go through a third-party solutions like Steam. "[Doom Eternal] may or may not, but it hasn't been decided on anything else yet". He also said that Fallout 76 is a unique case for the publisher and they believe that they can best serve their audience by "dealing with them directly" rather than using another provider. "I guess, but I honestly couldn't give you any guarantee one way or the other on whether it will or won't".

Specific for Fallout 76, we are going to try this because we think it will give us the best chance to do right by our customers.

Hine observed: "We have found very good successes in having those direct relationships with customers, and not been able to see those same benefits when we work through somebody else".

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