Launchers are quite numerous on PC. Electronic Arts, Ubisoft, Rockstar Games and Bethesda Softworks all offer their own software. But this will soon no longer be the case for the publisher behind Fallout and The Elder Scrolls.
It’s a rather unexpected ending that has just happened. Indeed, the Bethesda.net launcher will soon disappear. The American publisher plans to migrate all its services to Steam this year. The launcher will be permanently taken offline from May 2022. And there will be some manipulations to do to avoid losing data during this big move.
Starting in April, users will be able to migrate their Bethesda.net games to Steam. All purchased titles will be available for free download on Valve’s store. In some cases, a manual copy will be required, and backups may be lost. The publisher will provide more information about manual transfers in the near future. Fortunately, most of them should be done automatically.
📣 ATTENTION PC PLAYERS: We are retiring the Bethesda Launcher and moving to Steam.— Bethesda (@bethesda) February 22, 2022
Here’s everything you’re going to want to know about what to expect and how to migrate your Bethesda Library to Steam: https://t.co/KBBokFeZkt pic.twitter.com/f0KWBqd0kp
It is important to specify that the Bethesda.net service will not be removed. Only the launcher is affected by the closure. Finally, all the wallet (atoms for Fallout 76, crowns for The Elder Scrolls Online…) will also be transferred to Steam. Fallout 76 players even get their own FAQ. Friends lists will also be preserved on compatible games. All details will be made public in April.