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In a follow up e-mail to PCGamer, Bethesda confirmed the lack of a Steam release.

Instead, the PC version of the post-apocalyptic multiplayer effort will only be available for purchase through the Bethesda.net website.

Bethesda hasn't explained why it's made a decision to cut Steam out of the equation this time around, but it could have something to do with wanting to avoid losing any revenue to the platform.

One benefit of all of this, according to the official FAQ, is that beta progress will carry over into the full game.

Now the only way to get access to the beta is by pre-ordering Fallout 76, which you can do so from the Microsoft Store here. "We hope you join us!"

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To us, it sounds more like Bethesda is opting for a really brief early access period as opposed to a traditional beta.

And for anyone on the fence about taking part in the Fallout 76 beta Bethesda have just given them a major incentive.

Steam really has been the platform of choice for Bethesda over the last few years. Be sure you've read our FAQ, for details on how to redeem your beta code and other important details. It's a little surprising given that Fallout 4 was released on Steam, but Bethesda is probably confident that their own launcher is mature enough.

Apart from the original Fallout trilogy, Fallout games have typically been released on Steam - and why wouldn't they? Fallout 76 seems to be a test run for this strategy, so if all goes well, we'll likely see this practise continue.