Bethesda launcher migration to Steam announced ahead of May 11 shutdown

Bethesda has introduced a process for players to transfer their library to their Steam account. Earlier this year, the publisher announced that it would be shutting down the launcher, which means players will no longer be able to play games from their library without transferring them to Steam. Games, add-ons, DLCs and virtual wallets can be moved, as well as game saves for most titles. Bethesda says it will make its previously unavailable titles on Steam available to gamers.

In an updated blog post detailing the launcher shutdown, the publisher explains that users can start transferring their library to their Steam account. Starting May 11, players will no longer be able to play games through the launcher. However, even if players don’t migrate all of their content to Steam on time, they will still be able to access their library to complete the process at a later date.

As part of the migration, Bethesda says all titles held on its service can be transferred to a Steam account. All purchases will also roll over and saved games for most games will automatically move. Wolfenstein: Youngblood saves cannot be transferred, while Doom Eternal will require additional steps to manually migrate saves. Players can view specific instructions for specific games that will require additional steps to transfer game data and saves.

Moving library data to Steam will also transfer a player’s friends list, which will be merged with the Steam friends list after the migration. This will happen for titles like Fallout 76, Doom Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Rage 2, and Deathloop, according to Bethesda.

Players who accidentally link the wrong Steam account can unlink a limited number of times, but only before the migration begins. This cannot be done after the process is complete. Once the games are moved, players will need to re-download the latest versions of the titles they want to play via Steam.

Meanwhile, Bethesda also announced that it will be making several of its previously unavailable titles on Steam accessible after the shutdown. These include The Elder Scrolls Arena, The Elder Scrolls Daggerfall, Creation Kit for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory. Players can also access the Fallout 76 Public Test Server (PTS) on Steam, Bethesda said.


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