As Bethesda has just revealed, the Fallout 76 beta will feature the full game rather than just a slice of a larger pie.
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. If you have yet to pick up a copy of the game, you can pre-order it on Amazon ahead of its release this fall. Nevertheless, given Bethesda's significant push for Bethesda.net at this year's E3 trade show, it's apparently understandable that the video game company is betting big on the new platform.
In releasing Fallout 76 through its own launcher, Bethesda avoids paying Steam operator Valve its cut of sales. Major titles like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Fallout 4 and Bethesda-published games like the Dishonored series have all been distributed through the Valve platform.
As you can see, PC players won't be able to download the BETA from Steam but only through Bethesda.net. Confirmation followed a couple of hints, including the presence of a generic "PC game" logo on the Fallout 76 purchase page.
In a post on the Fallout 76 general discussion forum, community administrator Jurassica said: "Popping in to say that it's been very fun seeing everyone's discussion on Fallout 76 and what your hopes and thoughts are about the game".