Bethesda brings a bunch of free games from Elder Scrolls and Wolfenstein to Steam

Developer and publisher Bethesda has released The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim fifteen times already, but surprisingly this is not one of those times Skyrim is appearing on a new platform.

So no, it’s not the announcement that Skyrim is ported to Amazon Alexa, firstly because it’s happened before, secondly because for these new Steam games, we’re going back further in gaming history.

If you’re an Elder Scrolls fan, check out this gorgeous cinematic trailer from Ancient Scrolls In line.

Earlier this month, Bethesda announced that it was shutting down its proprietary launcher, called Bethesda.net Launcher, but the free games that could be downloaded there will now be lost to time. As part of this, Bethesda allows users to migrate all of their games, mods, and in-game currencies to Steam.

As spotted by NME, the migration means a number of classic Bethesda games will be coming to Steam for the first time. The first two Elder Scrolls games Arena and daggerfall will arrive for free on Steam. They are already available DRM-free on Bethesda’s website, but after migration they can be integrated into users’ Steam libraries.

A game in the Wolfenstein series, also available DRM-free, will be coming to Steam for the first time. Wolfenstein: enemy territory is an early multiplayer entry in the series, which was originally released in 2003. Other properties such as authoring tools for some of Bethesda’s most popular games – Skyrim and Fallout 4 – will also be available for free on Steam.

The migration will begin on April 27, and the launcher will remain active until May 11. It’s unclear when the games will be available in their new online storefront, but it’s likely to be on or before the latter date.


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Carolyn M. Daniel