When Bethesda announced Rage 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood and DOOM Eternal, they made it pretty clear that these titles weren’t coming to Steam. Instead, they were slated to be released on their Bethesda launcher. Something of which didn’t sit well with a large majority of gamers. But you know how the saying goes, “something has to give”.
Of course, it made sense. Those are Bethesda published games, and bringing them to their own launcher was the really the only valid thing to do. However, things have a weird way of changing at times, such as this recent change. Each one of those games, plus Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot and Fallout 76, are also making their way to Steam.
I suppose those games that claimed they weren’t getting DOOM Eternal because it wasn’t coming to Steam will have to change their minds. Seriously, though, I could care less what platform the game was going to be on. I was getting it anyway.
We’re pleased to announce that RAGE 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and DOOM Eternal will be released on Steam as well as https://t.co/p0BARqmTBp. We will also be bringing Fallout 76 to Steam later this year.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) March 25, 2019
As to what changed their minds on this, Bethesda didn’t really say. If I had to guess, it’s likely due to Steam’s exposure compared to Bethesda’s own launcher. That, plus the feature set that Steam affords them, as well as the upcoming changes to the storefront. Interesting enough, this kills the speculation that one or multiple Bethesda titles were going to make their way over to the Epic Games Store. Now that Bethesda has officially stated these titles are coming to Steam, I suppose there goes that notion.
As for me, I’m happy to see this change. Sure, you can still use the Bethesda launcher if you want. However, Steam just has a better feature set. Cheaper prices, cloud saves, achievements (If you are about those), community sections, and much more.
We still don’t have a release date for DOOM Eternal or Wolfenstein: Youngblood. While Rage 2 is scheduled to be released on May 14, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.