He lived for a while, but he never really grew up. Bethesda Launcher arrived in 2016, but unfortunately it hasn’t evolved into anything more than a two-button desktop client: buy game and play game.
And now it’s shutting down. On May 11th, Bethesda Launcher will officially be phased out and as promised, starting today you will be able to migrate your Bethesda Launcher game library to Steam. Note: You will still be able to migrate your games after May 11, when the launcher is dead. You will simply no longer be able to use the launcher itself. So you might as well do it now.
Bethesda has a complete list of instructions on how to start the big Steam migration, but basically you’ll start by trying to log into the Bethesda website, realizing you have no idea what your password is because you haven’t logged in there in a long time, resetting it, and then logging into Bethesda website. On your account page, there are tabs in the sidebar to link your Steam and Bethesda accounts (if you haven’t already) and to start the transfer process.
I did this this morning and it went without a hitch, although your experience might be different: I only owned 4 games through the launcher, and I’ve already linked my Steam and Bethesda accounts for some long-forgotten reason. But, it worked and it only took a few minutes. My Bethesda games are now safe on my Steam account, and I even downloaded the Fallout 76 Atoms I had in my Bethesda wallet.
Transferring your save games can be a little more work, depending on which games are saved. So let me guide you to frequently asked questions about transferring save progress, where you can check each individual game to see if any extra effort is required on your part. Migration will bring autosave files for many games (such as Fallout 76, Fallout 3 and Doom 3), but for others like Deathloop, you will have to manually copy the data from the original location and place it in the new 1.
Transferring save data to Doom Eternal seems especially tricky because it won’t transfer automatically and cannot be done manually. It actually needs to be done with a conversion tool. Doom Eternal has its own separate list of instructions here. Frankly, it looks like hell.
As for Fallout 76’s Fallout 1st membership subscriptions, this has one full page only. An existing subscription will continue until it expires naturally, but renewing an expired subscription or starting a new one will need to be done through Steam from now on. While Bethesda’s launcher will continue to run until May 11, all real money transactions are now stopping.
Data migration has not been easy for everyone, and some players have registered complaints about account linking not working. Other issues can be resolved by installing and launching a game after it has been migrated to Steam: for example, some users reported purchasing the deluxe edition of Rage 2 from Bethesda, but found that only the standard edition had migrated to their Steam accounts. Apparently, once the game is downloaded and released on Steam, the Deluxe DLC will appear.
If you’re struggling, you can always create a support ticket hereand then cross as many fingers as you can to get a solution quickly.