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Bethesda closes its PC games launcher and moves to Steam

Bethesda has announced plans to shut down its PC games launcher and move its titles to Steam.

Starting in early April, players will be able to migrate their games and wallet to a Steam account, with instructions on how to do so to be released at that time.

In one FAQsBethesda said purchases will transfer to a Steam account and many game saves will also transfer, but some may require manual copying.

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“At this time, we expect almost all saves to be transferable automatically or manually, with the exception of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which is currently not transferable,” he said.

Starting in May, it will no longer be possible to access and play games in the Bethesda launcher, so the migration process will need to be completed before then.

Many of the publisher’s games and services will still require players to have a Bethesda.net account in order to maintain access to things like game mods and in-game items like skins.

Games that have the Bethesda.net friends list will be merged after the migration.

The switch to Steam follows Microsoft’s $7.5 billion acquisition of Bethesda’s parent company, ZeniMax Media, last year.

And that precedes the release of Starfield, which is Bethesda Game Studios‘ first new universe in 25 years. The sci-fi RPG will be released on Xbox Series X/S, PC and Xbox Game Pass on November 11, 2022.