Fallout 76 had a very rough launch. The game was extremely buggy on launch, and plagued with server issues. The game also seemed to be a sort of chaotic perpetual motion machine of controversy. The collectible editions for the game pulled a switcheroo with advertised bags, sending much cheaper nylon versions to users instead of the teased canvas ones. There were even mold issues with some collectible helmets sold in stores. And that’s just the tip of the crappy iceberg.
Bethesda has made many changes over the last couple of years since launch. The Fallout 76 Wastelanders Update will finally be adding plenty of new features and content for users to explore, offering Steam users a new experience too, when it finally launches on the platform. To sweeten the pot a bit, despite all the controversy, Bethesda is still trying to win over fans. That new update comes out around the same time as the Steam launch, with Wastelanders coming out on April 14th.
Bethesda is also giving away copies of the Fallout Classic Collection to those who pull the trigger on a Steam purchase. Fallout Classic Collection contains Fallout 1, Fallout 2, and Fallout Tactics.
Bethesda has announced that all PC owners of Fallout 76 will receive the Steam version for free on April 13th. And yes, your game progress will carry over if you swap versions. Items purchased through the in-game store in Fallout 76 will be linked to either version, so don’t worry about losing those either.
All you have to do to get your free Steam copy of Fallout 76 is go here and link your Steam account to your Bethesda.net account before 11:59pm ET, April 12th. It’s required to link the two by the way, as those who don’t won’t get their free copy on Steam.
There are a few caveats to the free addition of a new version though. One big one is that players will not be able to transfer your Atoms or Fallout 1st membership balance between Bethesda.net and Steam. And in case you were wondering, Fallout 76‘s Steam version will feature the same achievements that can be earned on console versions.