The American video game company Bethesda is reviewing its growth strategy. After thinking for many years of a solitary development for its products, it now opts for a collaboration with its former rivals. After its takeover by Microsoft, the studio has just announced that it has partnered with Valve.
This will allow its users to import their Bethesda library to their Steam account. As for its own PC game launcher titled Bethesda.net, the studio intends to end it permanently.
Bethesda.net completely retired in May
The gaming company has indicated through a blog post on its site that it will begin the process of migrating to Steam in early April. This should give it the leeway it needs to permanently end its Bethesda.net launcher in May.
She therefore hopes that the players will have succeeded in their redirection to Steam within this period of time. The studio did not fail to provide more clarification on the migration process in its article. Thus Bethesda explains that:
“Migrating to Steam will include your game library and wallet — meaning you won’t lose anything from your Bethesda.net account. Saves for many games will also be moved, but some will require manual transfers. For games that require it, you’ll still use your Bethesda.net ID to log in and play. Your Bethesda.net account will not be lost and will still be accessible on our website and in games, and we will continue to support all Bethesda.net accounts with our future titles.”
The company also said that all games that have the Bethesda.net friends list will be put together after the migration. All game saves can be transferred manually or automatically except those relating to the game Wolfenstein: Youngblood.
And Microsoft in all this story!
The question is worth asking since Bethesda is now owned by Microsoft. However, the multinational based in Redmond itself has its own game launcher on Windows 10 and Windows 11 thanks to the Xbox application.
Granted, all of Bethesda’s games are already on Microsoft’s platform. However, players will not be able to migrate the backups of their Bethesda-branded games there. This option is only available to them on Steam. What may still seem surprising that the video game company did not give the reasons which led it to close its launcher.
There is therefore no indication that the decision was made with Microsoft’s consent. However, we come to wonder what could happen to Battle.net, the launcher of Activision-Blizzard. Microsoft should soon finalize the acquisition of the company behind the games Overwatch, World of Warcraft or Call Of Duty.
Would Battle.net also disappear like Bethesda’s launcher? No one can tell. However, it should be noted that the Blizzard-Activision platform is much larger and more popular than its counterpart Bethesda.net. It will definitely be more difficult to close.