Bethesda's online action role-playing game "Fallout 76" won't be available on Valve's Steam platform during beta or when it launches on November 14.
The Fallout 76 beta will be available on PC via Bethesda.net, PS4, and Xbox One - just as the full game - with the last of the three getting early access thanks to Bethesda's long-term relationship with Microsoft.
Bethesda hasn't explained why it's made a decision to cut Steam out of the equation this time around, but it could have something to do with wanting to avoid losing any revenue to the platform. A Bethesda spokesperson told PC Gamer that the upcoming beta and the full game for PC will be exclusively available on Bethesda's own website, not Steam. Specifically, the publisher/developer added an answer explaining that the beta will feature the full game. Now we have the official confirmation, which is good to know for those that are looking to take to the Wasteland on the PC platform versus the Xbox One and PlayStation 4. "We hope you join us!" At launch, Fallout 76 (and its beta) will be exclusive to Bethesda.net, so you won't be able to pick it up on Steam. When Fallout Shelter was released for PC, it was exclusive to the Bethesda launcher too, though it did eventually see release on Steam a few months later.
The BETA will start some time in October, so you've not got long until you jump into the biggest Fallout world yet.