Bethesda has just announced that it will be retiring its launcher and that it will be moving to Steam. And, as you may have guessed, the team will allow PC players to migrate their Bethesda Library to Steam. Thus, the games you own on Bethesda Launcher will be available (and playable) on Steam.
? ATTENTION PC PLAYERS: We are retiring the Bethesda Launcher and moving to Steam.
Here’s everything you’re going to want to know about what to expect and how to migrate your Bethesda Library to Steam: https://t.co/KBBokFeZkt pic.twitter.com/f0KWBqd0kp
— Bethesda (@bethesda) February 22, 2022
As Bethesda stated:
“In early April, you will be able to migrate your Bethesda.net library to your Steam account. Any title you own on the Bethesda.net Launcher will be available to you free on Steam. Your purchases will carry over to your Steam account. Many game saves will also transfer, however some may require manual copying. “
Do note that you will still need a Bethesda.net account as many of its games and services are still relying on it. This will allow you to retain access to Bethesda.net services including game mods and in-game items (like skins).
My guess is that this is the result of the recent Zenimax/Bethesda acquisition. Now that Microsoft owns Zenimax/Bethesda, there is no reason at all to still have the Bethesda launcher. After all, all future Bethesda games will be coming to Microsoft Store and (most likely) Steam.