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Bethesda isn't sure if future games at skipping Steam just yet

Bethesda isn't sure if future games at skipping Steam just yet

Publishing and development giant Bethesda is not sure whether its future games will be coming to Steam or not.

Speaking to IGN, marketing and PR chief Pete Hines said that when the company decided to skip Valve's platform for Fallout 76, in favour of its own Bethesda.net service, it was not saying that all forthcoming games from the publisher would be doing the same.

Asked about other releases, Hines is unsure about whether they'll be coming to Steam.

“We haven’t decided on anything else, this is specific to Fallout 76 given the kind of game it is -- it’s an online, ongoing game,” he said.

“[Doom Eternal] may or may not, but it hasn’t been decided on anything else yet.”

Asked why it was focusing on its own platform, Hines explained that the firm wanted to be totally in charge of the consumer experience.

“We feel like the best way for us to provide the best experience and service to our customers is to be dealing with them directly, and not through someone else,” he said.

Additionally, Hines reckons dealing with other platforms has led to communications issues in the past. This is likely a reference to Steam Workshop and mods on Bethesda titles.

“There are some different things that have happened or have come up where having everyone work directly with you does make things a little easier in terms of talking to your player base, having them talk to you,” Hines said.

“I am 100 per cent sure I know whose fault it is and whose problem it is when you’re having an issue with the game: it’s ours.”

 


PCGamesInsider Contributing Editor

Alex Calvin is a freelance journalist who writes about the business of games. He started out at UK trade paper MCV in 2013 and left as deputy editor over three years later. In June 2017, he joined Steel Media as the editor for new site PCGamesInsider.biz. In October 2019 he left this full-time position at the company but still contributes to the site on a daily basis. He has also written for GamesIndustry.biz, VGC, Games London, The Observer/Guardian and Esquire UK.

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