Fallout 76 is not launching on Steam

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The second bombshell is that Bethesda confirmed that progress from the Beta will carry over to the full game, as the Beta is the full game.

They said: "The PC version of Fallout 76, for both the B.E.T.A. and the launch, will be available only via Bethesda.net, not on Steam".

Fallout 76's beta may be launching later than many were expecting - only one month before the proper game releases - but there are many reasons to be excited about the forthcoming test.

It was previously announced that expansion DLC for the game will be free, but there will be paid cosmetic items.

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To us, it sounds more like Bethesda is opting for a really brief early access period as opposed to a traditional beta. The game's pre-order page also allows you to select Best Buy, Amazon, GameStop and Walmart as your retailer if you're in the USA and playing on PC; different retailers are listed based on location and platform.

Bethesda are turning their back on Valve and using their own digital store to sell Fallout 76 directly to fans. While these instances could suggest that Fallout 76 will come to Valve's service in time, Bethesda never indicated that this would happen.

Steam really has been the platform of choice for Bethesda over the last few years. The beta for Fallout 76 will kick off on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in October, with the beta coming to Xbox One users first. Fallout Shelter, for example, did not initially launch on Steam. Fallout 76 seems to be a test run for this strategy, so if all goes well, we'll likely see this practise continue.