Rage 2 Skipping Steam in Favor of Bethesda Launcher

Steam takes another hit as another AAA title skips the platform in favor of the publisher’s proprietary launcher.

The hits keep coming for Valve’s service. For years, publishers have made moves to distance themselves from Steam as controversy after controversy piles up. EA left years ago to build Origin, Activision continues to rely on Battle.net, and Epic Games recently announced a direct competitor. As such, it shouldn’t be too surprising another AAA publisher appears to be jumping ship.

Last month, Bethesda Softworks launched Fallout 76 on PC exclusively via their proprietary launcher, and it doesn’t look like it’ll be an isolated game. Pre-orders for Rage 2 have gone live, revealing that those who want to buy the game on PC is through the Bethesda launcher. At this point, it doesn’t look like there’s any other way to get the game digitally on PC.

While Steam remains the go-to platform for PC games, its influence has diminished over the years. Developers aren’t a fan of how much of a cut Valve takes from each purpose. The platform has also attracted controversy for its lagging standards on what it takes to make it onto the store. Asset flips, broken games, and outright scams are commonplace on the Steam Marketplace. The publisher also managed to attract the media’s attention for its part in skin gambling. Since then, they have taken steps to ban item gambling.

Rage 2 is out May 14, 2019 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC.