Upcoming Open World RPG Rage 2 attended The Game Awards this week, offering a new trailer and a release date. However, this is not the only new piece of information about the game that has just been confirmed. Bethesda has also provided details on the start plans for the title, but not all fans are happy about it.
On pre-order page Rage 2 Bethesda allows fans to digitally buy and buy the game on Xbox One, PS4 or the Bethesda Launcher. The fact that there is a Bethesda Launcher logo with the Steam logo on it, or even a common PC logo, makes fans think that the game is missing out on Steam. Bethesda did not come out and confirmed the exclusivity, but given that Fallout 76 also avoided Steam, it seems a pretty sure thing.
Bethesda's PC game fans are not happy about this decision, especially given the recent events. Earlier this week, the Bethesda Support website suffered a serious security breach as those who submitted support tickets found they could also view other users' support tickets. These support tickets contained personal information (such as names and addresses), and although the problem was live for only a short time, it got the fans concerned.
However, this is not the only reason why people are affected. Fallout 76 The PC beta version was also hosted on the Bethesda Launcher. The players found that they could not delete the beta version until they had bought the game. No beta version has been confirmed for Rage 2 so the same problem is not applied. Even so, fans are still worried that other frustrating technical issues might arise.
For Bethesda, however, the decision to offer Rage 2 exclusively as a Bethesda Launcher is economically sensible. This means in particular that it will avoid paying Steam a 30% reduction in revenue – a revenue split that led to Epic Games launching the Epic Games Store. Through the Bethesda Launcher, Bethesda does not have to compete with its rivals and can promote its games at will. It remains to be seen, however, whether Bethesda will lose sales by skipping Steam.
Rage 2 Released May 14, 2019 for PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.