Rage 2 Pre-Orders Also Skipping Steam

Rage 2 Pre-Orders Also Skipping Steam

Thank u, next.

Rage 2 will also be skipping Steam, at least at first, according to new details regarding the pre-orders for the upcoming shooter.

If customers go to pre-order Rage 2 on non-Steam retailers like Fanatical they will be greeted with a warning saying that "the key provided is a Bethesda.net key and not a Steam key." Bethesda's own store page also omits any mention of Steam DRM, while games currently available on Steam, like Prey, mentions the DRM.

We had a feeling that when Bethesda announced Fallout 76 would be skipping Steam that it wouldn't be a one-off decision. Many major triple-A games are ditching Valve's digital marketplace in favor of their own storefronts. Destiny 2 and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are on Battle.net while Epic recently launched its own Steam competitor with a more generous revenue share.

We won't speculate as to whether all major Bethesda releases going forward will skip Steam, but the triple-A PC market at least appears to be stepping away from Valve, at least for now. While Bethesda's launcher only experienced one issue that deleted the Fallout 76 beta, it seems the company is sticking with its own store for now.

Read our Rage 2 guide for everything we know including previews, trailers, news, and more.

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Matt Kim

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Matt Kim is a former freelance writer who's covered video games and digital media. He likes video games as spectacle and is easily distracted by bright lights or clever bits of dialogue. He also once wrote about personal finance, but that's neither here nor there.

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