Launcher Shutting Down This Year, Migrating to Steam

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Bethesda is planning to shut down its PC launcher later this year, according to a new article shared by the company that explains how users will be able to migrate their existing game libraries, in-game content, and wallet balance to Steam. While there isn’t an exact date of termination listed in Bethesda’s article, the company has advised users to begin the migration process as soon as possible when it becomes available in early April, as games will no longer be accessible via the launcher beginning at some point in May. A account will still be required in order to access game mods and other content.


  • The migration to Steam will include your game library and Wallet – meaning you will not lose anything from your account. Many games will also have their saves migrated, with a few requiring some manual transfers. For games that require it, you will still use your login to sign in to play. Your account will not be lost and will still be accessible on our website and in-game, and we will continue supporting all accounts with our future titles.


  • Q: How will I play my games?
    • A: We encourage our Launcher community to continue their experience on Steam. In early April, you will be able to migrate your library to your Steam account. Any title you own on the Launcher will be available to you free on Steam. Your purchases will carry over to your Steam account. Many game saves will also transfer, however some may require manual copying. For more information on which games will require you to manually move your saves, please see our FAQ Entry “What happens to my game progression and saves?”.
  • Q: What will happen to the launcher?
    • A: You will continue to have access to the Launcher and access your games until May. Starting in May, you will no longer be able to play and access your games within the Launcher.
  • Q: Will I still need a account if I no longer use the launcher after transferring to Steam?
    • A: Yes. Many of our games and services still rely on you to have a account. This will allow you to retain access to services including game mods, in-game items like skins, and access to exclusive news and updates.
  • Q: Will I have access to the games I own on the launcher available to me on Steam?
    • A: Yes. You will need to take the steps to transfer your account info to your Steam account. Once the migration process to Steam is available, we will let everyone know and update this FAQ with the link on where and how to migrate. Please note, that you may begin this process at any time after it becomes available, but in May you will no longer be able to play your purchased games on the launcher. You will not lose access to your Library on in May, only the ability to play them on the Launcher.
  • Q: What happens to my game progression and saves?
    • A: Should you choose to transfer your library to your Steam account, we will provide instructions on how to migrate your game progression and saves over to your Steam account where possible, so you may continue playing where you left off. Some saves will automatically transfer, however some will require you to manually copy them to your Steam folder. We will have more information on manually transferring saves soon. At this time, we expect almost all save progress to be transferable automatically or manually with the exception of Wolfenstein: Youngblood, which currently is unable to transfer.
    • Virtual currency balances and game add-ons such as DLC and in-game skins will automatically transfer.
  • Q: Will my in-game virtual currency (Atoms, etc.) be moved to Steam?
    • A: Yes. Your Wallet will transfer over to Steam once you have completed the transfer process.
  • Q: Can I migrate to PlayStation or Xbox instead of Steam?
    • A: No. We are only able to support transferring your account information on PC. We cannot transfer PC account information to consoles.
  • Q: May I migrate my account to another PC service instead of Steam?
    • A: No. We are only able to support transferring account information from the launcher to Steam.
  • Q: Does the Launcher closing affect my account?
    • A: No. You will still need to login to your account to play our live titles such as Fallout 76 and access other services offered. Our games will continue to use a account in the future.
  • Q: What about Fallout 76?
    • A: We have a comprehensive Fallout 76 FAQ available here.
  • Q: Are all the same languages supported?
    • A: Yes.
  • Q: Will friends lists be merged? Will I need to re-friend friends I added on
    • A: Games that have the Friends List will be merged after migration. This includes Fallout 76, DOOM Eternal, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, The Elder Scrolls: Legends, Rage 2, and DEATHLOOP.
  • Q: Will the Launcher sunset affect my ability to play The Elder Scrolls Online on PC?
    • A: No. The Elder Scrolls Online is unaffected by this change.
    • Please continue to visit and follow our social channels for any updates. To our PC Community, thank you for your years of support and we look forward to continuing to supply you with great games on Steam.
Tsing Mui
News poster at The FPS Review.

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