The Bethesda Launcher has been retired. The studio is currently beginning to port its games to Valve’s Steam platform. While quite a few games have already made it to their new home, three classic Bethesda games are free now.
In February it was announced that the Bethesda launcher had been discontinued. Microsoft simply bundles all the games on the Steam platform. After some delay, the date on which the Bethesda launcher will finally close is now available: on May 11 there will be a column shift and from April 27 players can start transferring their account to Steam.
Bethesda is already starting to move
The studio has also begun spring cleaning, previously making some games accessible only through its own player available on Steam. Some titles are on Steam for the first time. Five classic games have recently been launched on the platform, three of which are free. The following classics can now be found on Steam:
- The Sheikh’s Scrolls: The Arena
- The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
- Adventures of The Elder Scrolls: Redguard
- The Legend of the Elder Scrolls: Battle Battle
- Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory
The Elder Scrolls Arena, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory are free. The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall and An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire was priced at $5.99 after moving to Steam. It is not yet known if the free games were a bug or if they were only discounted for a short time. Interested parties should quickly get the classics into their own library just to be on the safe side.
In addition to the new games, there are now two new creator tools on Steam. Creation Kits for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition are now available on the Valve gaming platform. These are the free official editors that can be used to create mods for the respective games.
Source: PC Gamer, Kotaku
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