Bethesda adds free games to Steam as launcher migration begins today


With Bethesda shutting down its Bethesda.net Launcher, gamers can start transferring their game libraries to Steam starting today. As part of the process, Bethesda has added some of its classic games to Steam, and all gamers can download them for free, whether or not they previously owned them.

Which Bethesda games are free on Steam?

Five classic games were added to Steam yesterday, April 26, including the following three free titles:

  • The Elder Scrolls: Arena
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
  • Wolfenstein: enemy territory

As noted by Kotaku, two other games – The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard and An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire – are available for a small price of $6. Of course, there are other Bethesda titles that were already available for free on Steam, including Quake Champions, Fallout Shelter, and The Elder Scrolls: Legends.

The Bethesda.net launcher for PC games will be retired next month. Starting today, April 27, players will be able to transfer their Bethesda.net library to Steam, including all games, game saves, and wallet funds associated with that account. Most of these games will have their saves transferred automatically, although some will need to be transferred manually. Unfortunately, not all Wolfenstein: Youngblood saves can be transferred, although players can move any in-game gold to their Steam account.

On May 11, the Bethesda.net launcher will be discontinued. Any players who have not completed the transfer process will still be able to do so beyond this date as the libraries will not be lost. Players will also still be able to access Bethesda.net services such as game mods, in-game items such as skins, news, and updates. Games that require a Bethesda.net login will also continue to do so. More information can be found on Bethesda’s dedicated FAQ.

In other news, the animated Super Mario Bros. has been postponed to next year. Mario creator Shigeru Miyamoto announced the delay but didn’t give a reason for its spring 2023 move. Elsewhere, Xbox Series X|S consoles became the top-selling US consoles throughout the month of March in terms of dollar sales, although the Nintendo Switch beat in unit sales.


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