Bethesda Softworks, the studio responsible for the DOOM and Wolfenstein franchise, has announced that it will still be releasing its upcoming games on Valve’s Steam platform. The studio’s reassurance comes as a sign of relief at a time where several major game studios are opting to publish their titles on the Epic Games Store.
The video game publisher made the announcement through its official Twitter account, naming off several of its triple-A titles for the PC platform. These titles include RAGE 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and DOOM Eternal. Additionally, it also said that it will be bringing Fallout: 76 to Steam later this year.
We’re pleased to announce that RAGE 2, Wolfenstein: Youngblood, Wolfenstein: Cyberpilot, and DOOM Eternal will be released on Steam as well as https://t.co/p0BARqmTBp. We will also be bringing Fallout 76 to Steam later this year.
— Bethesda (@bethesda) March 25, 2019
Epic Games shocked the world of PC gaming in more ways than one when it officially launched its own digital distribution store. Offering game developers 88% of all revenue earned, while only taking 12% of the profits for itself. For context, Valve’s cut is set at 30% of all games sold, but only 20% should a game’s sales figure exceed US$50 million (~RM203 million).
Clearly, Epic Games’ enticing offer worked, and several game publishers – indie and major – began flocking over to the platform. Promising Epic Games to sell their game on their stores, either exclusively or as a time exclusive.
Such is the case of Deep Silver and its triple-A title, Metro Exodus, who decidedly pull the title off Steam at the 11th hour, and in turn, earning the ire of several Steam users who had pre-ordered the game many months prior.