Bethesda.net

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Bethesda.net is game publisher Bethesda Softworks' social platform for games published by Bethesda itself, and is integrated (with some functionality varying per platform) into titles for PC, Microsoft Xbox One, Sony PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Google Android, and Apple iOS. The system's game API provides cloud saves, tracking for statistics and achievements, support for online purchases, capabilities for cross-platform multiplayer, integration with the Slayers Club features, and other functionality.

The Bethesda.net Launcher, a native client program for PC, was the primary means of access to the online digital delivery service before it was discontinued, and was required to launch games bought through the store on PC. Some games on the platform required the user to have logged into the client at least once during a certain prior period of time in order to execute (a form of digital restrictions management). It was also possible to view and purchase Bethesda.net PC games through the company's website, though downloading them still required the launcher to be installed. Non-launcher games available only on other platforms are also listed on the website, however.

As of February 22, 2022, Bethesda announced that the Bethesda.net launcher would be sunset, with the option to migrate games, wallet, and save data (for select titles) to the Steam platform.[1] The online store and launcher portions of the platform were shutdown as of January 2023, but social services remain online for the foreseeable future as they are still utilized by previous and upcoming titles.

Doom-series games[edit]

Examining The Ultimate Doom in the launcher prior to its decommissioning.

Former store titles[edit]

Prices in US dollars were current as of January 18, 2020.

Previously discontinued store titles[edit]

Games[edit]

  • Doom (Classic edition using DOSBox; afterward included with the enhanced edition)
  • Doom II (Classic edition; afterward included with the enhanced edition)

DLC[edit]

  • Doom Eternal Year One Pass ($29.99) - Retired on October 14, 2020, in advance of first DLC release; later restored after realignment of SKUs.

Titles with API integration on other platforms[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. Bethesda (22 February 2022). "Sunsetting the Bethesda.net Launcher & Migrating to Steam." Bethesda.net. Retrieved 22 February 2022.