Bethesda added a handful of classic games to Steam, before its PC launcher was discontinued.
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 those five games are free to play, so you can soak up 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 cost just over $5, so if you fancy picking them up, 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 precedes the planned shutdown of Bethesda’s own 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 already purchased games or have currency for the Bethesda launcher will be able to move their wallet and games to Steam. But you only have until May 11 to do so. As of this 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the most popular games from the Wolfenstein and Elder Scrolls franchises, and they’ll probably feel clunky and outdated enough to play now, but adding them to your Steam library costs you nothing, so might as well give them a gunshot.
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 too long to wait for Starfield, with the action-RPG releasing on November 11, it’s still unclear when we’ll get our hands on the next Elder Scrolls. We’re hoping Bethesda will shed more light on the highly anticipated next entry in the Elder Scrolls series at Summer Game Fest 2022 or Gamescom 2022, but we’re not holding our breath.
So while you wait, might as well play an Elder Scrolls game that you might not have played before. After all, it’s free, and it’ll probably make you appreciate more modern games much more (for better or for worse).