In a year of Epic Games Store exclusives, Bethesda is returning to Steam when Fallout 76 comes to Valve's online store later this year. Bethesda says this is because of the company's long-running relationship with Valve, and the ease in which players can install mods on Steam.
Bethesda project lead Jeff Gardiner and development director Chris Mayer spoke to PC Gamer recently to talk about Fallout 76. Regarding the news that Fallout 76 and other recent and upcoming games are coming to Steam, they said the was both a "corporate decision" and a natural one.
"Valve and Steam have been a huge partner of ours for years, right?" Gardiner asks. "[T]he Valve Workshop and the ability for a Steam user to get access to these mods that are right in their store is amazing, and we want to make sure to keep supporting that."
"So, it was an easy decision, like I said, it was a corporate decision. I look at Steam for all my games," Gardiner says. "I'm personally happy with it because I love Steam, and I've got a great big Steam library," Mayer added.
The industry trend in 2019 has pointed towards the Epic Games Store as more publishers and developers sign up with Epic's service. Games like Borderlands 3, The Division 2, and other high-profile titles have agreed to go exclusive to Epic, partly because of the company's more generous revenue share with outside studios.
Bethesda bucked that trend by announcing it would be releasing its 2019 slate of games on Steam. The company presumably saw benefit from its existing relationship with Steam, but also its new revenue share model which gives developers and publishers more revenue the more units they sell.
No word yet on when Fallout 76 will be available on Steam, but we could hear more at E3. In the meantime, check out our Fallout 76 guide for walkthroughs, tips, and more.