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You can only preorder Rage 2 for Bethesda's launcher right now, not Steam

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Following Fallout 76's exclusive launch on Bethesda.net, it's looking like Rage 2 could be the next game to land on the publisher's own platform first. There is no listing for Rage 2 on Steam, and third-party retailers that let you preorder the game like Green Man Gaming (opens in new tab) and Fanatical (opens in new tab) list the platform as Bethesda. Fanatical even goes out of its way to make sure you know you're not buying a Steam key, with this notice near the top of the page: "Please note that the key provided is a Bethesda.net key and not a Steam Key."

Bethesda itself has the game up for preorder too. While other games on Bethesda's store like Prey (opens in new tab) and Fallout 4 (opens in new tab) mention 'Steam DRM' in the box where you click to buy, Rage 2's listing (opens in new tab) doesn't. 

I can't say I have any particularly strong opinions on the Bethesda launcher, other than being put off by an issue that caused the Fallout 76 beta to be deleted (opens in new tab) and require redownloading. As far as I can tell, Bethesda hasn't commented on this over the weekend when discussion of this started doing the rounds. I've reached out to clarify whether or not this will just be released on Bethesda's launcher. 

Would this affect your decision to buy the game either way? Let us know in the comments.

Samuel Roberts
Samuel Roberts
Former PC Gamer EIC Samuel has been writing about games since he was 18. He's a generalist, because life is surely about playing as many games as possible before you're put in the cold ground.