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Bethesda explains why it isn’t using Steam for ‘Fallout 76’

Fallout 76 is coming to all platforms next month, including Xbox One, PS4, and PC. But just like it did with the beta, the game isn’t coming to Steam. The game will officially be launched on Bethesda.net. The reason behind this is the developer’s ability to communicate with its players. While Fallout 76 is just the second time the company released an online-based game (first was Elder Scrolls: Online), it seems they are much more confident in their own platform moving forward.

Bethesda’s Pete Hines explains, “It’s an online, always-on game, and is a service. That was also based on our experiences with other online games as well. We felt that having a direct relationship with our customers was super important to use. And so doing it through Bethesda.net exclusively allows us to have that one-to-one relationship with customers, that quite honestly you don’t always have when you go through another third party where they might own the relationship with the customer in terms of being able to email them or to reach out directly and contact them.”

Hines also said they want to avoid any issues it has seen in the past and seems to want to try something else and see if this works. “It simplifies things a little, and we believe it’s going to help us deal with some issues and challenges that we’ve seen in the past. And again, it’s a new experience, like the game itself is and we’re going to see how it goes and how it works and what benefits it allows us to have in making sure our customers have the best experience possible.”

Source: VGR

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