Fans of The Elder Scrolls might be in for a treat, as Bethesda has announced that the first two games in the series will release on Steam.
Bethesda announced via a blog post that the first two entries in The Elder Scrolls series, Arena and Daggerfall, are coming to Steam for the first time this month. Due to the sunsetting of Bethesda's launcher, the developer arranged for game libraries on Bethesda.net to become transferable to Steam. The blog post reassured players and stated, "If you do have games through the Bethesda.net launcher, don't worry. Starting in April you'll be able to migrate your games and Wallet to your Steam account."
Along with the first two Elder Scrolls titles, Bethesda plans to release the Creation Kit for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory to Steam. These titles and more on Bethesda's launcher are transferable for players who possess both Bethesda and Steam accounts. Bethesda reassures players that game progress, virtual currency and friends lists can transfer as well.
Those who use the Bethesda launcher have until May to enjoy it. After that, players can only access their Bethesda game libraries to transfer the data to Steam. "You have plenty of time to plan and begin migrating your Bethesda.net library to your Steam account," Bethesda said in its blog post. "The migration to Steam will include your game library and Wallet – meaning you will not lose anything from your Bethesda.net account."
Although Bethesda's PC launcher will see its last day come at the end of the month, the gaming giant has a lot more down the pipeline to excite players. In the world of Elder Scrolls, a sequel to the wildly popular Skyrim is currently in pre-production, though considering it has been a decade since the last game in the series, it is already an incredibly long wait for the next installment. Also a way out is the long-anticipated Fallout 5, though it is currently in the "early idea" phase.
One Bethesda release is due soon: the space RPG Starfield, which is scheduled to be released later this year. Starfield reportedly has the longest script of any Bethesda game, clocking in at over 150,000 lines. For comparison, Fallout 4 had 111,000 lines of recorded dialogue, while The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim only had 60,000. Even for a developer with a reputation for dialogue-heavy RPGs, Starfield's significant number suggests a lot to look forward to for fans of detailed, character-driven games.
Players currently using Bethesda's game launcher have until the end of April to use it. After that, they will need to transfer their data to Steam.