Bethesda has added a handful of classic games to Steam, ahead of the shutdown of its PC launcher.
The publisher added five classic titles to Steam on April 26 (via Kotaku), four from the Elder Scrolls franchise and one from Wolfenstein. The best part? Three of these five games are free-to-play, allowing you to enjoy some of Bethesda’s retro goodness.
The five games added are The Elder Scrolls Arena, The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall, The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard, An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire, and Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory.
All of these games are free on Steam except for Redguard and Battlespire, but both are just over $5, so if you feel like buying them, you can do so for a relatively low price.
Feeling nostalgic? We just added some of our older titles to Steam.⚔️ The Elder Scrolls: Arena and Daggerfall🛡️ Elder Scrolls Adventures: Battlespire and Redguard💥 Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory pic.twitter.com/CYa1CUScxkApril 26, 2022
The addition of these games comes before the planned shutdown of Bethesda’s PC launcher. The publisher is gradually migrating its PC titles to Steam, with the official shutdown scheduled for May 11.
Starting April 27, those who have previously purchased games or have Bethesda launcher money will be able to move their wallet and games to Steam. But you only have until May 11 to do it. At the time of writing, Bethesda hasn’t said what steps you need to take to do this.
a long wait
Sure, these aren’t necessarily the most popular games within the Wolfenstein and Elder Scrolls franchises, and they probably feel pretty clunky and stale to play right now, but adding them to your Steam library costs you nothing, so you might as well give them a shot.
After all, it’s good to remember Bethesda’s roots, especially as we look forward to upcoming blockbusters like The Elder Scrolls 6 and Starfield. While we don’t have much else to look forward to for Starfield, with the action RPG due out on November 11, it’s unclear when we’ll get our hands on the next Elder Scrolls. We’re hoping that Bethesda will shed more light on the highly anticipated next entry in the Elder Scrolls series during Summer Game Fest 2022 or Gamescom 2022, but we’re not holding our breath.
So while you wait, you can also play an Elder Scrolls game that you may not have played before. It’s free, after all, and will probably make you appreciate more modern games (for better or worse).