Steam’s Wacky Thursday: Fallout 76, Sea of Thieves, and Final Fantasy IX

A roller coaster of emotions for Valve's video game launcher.

Steam, that launcher and service you buy and play computer games on is having a pretty alright time this morning as of 10:30 a.m. ET. Well, mostly.

Two big announcements have already happened today for those who prefer to click on Valve’s launcher to play their games. First up is that Sea of Thieves, Rare’s multiplayer-driven pirate simulator, is coming to Steam “soon.” According to a post on the Xbox Wire by Studio Head Craig Duncan, the game, which was previously only available through Windows, will be coming to Steam and feature cross play between it, Windows, and Xbox One users. That means Steam users can partake in some of the game’s lively community get togethers, like fishing competitions, and spreading spooky ghost stories about a bald woman who they fear haunts the game.

All that being said, there’s no release date in sight just yet.

The other announcement of a game previously not available on Steam coming to Steam is Fallout 76, Bethesda’s spin-off of the open-world RPG series. The game will be available on Steam on April 14, alongside the “Wastelanders” DLC pack which launches on the same day. Any Fallout 76 players who have been playing through it on Bethesda.net Launcher will be able to get the Steam version for free between now and April 12, 11:59 p.m. ET, and all your progress will be carried over to the new launcher, but there is one thing that won’t be able to make the jump: Atoms and Fallout 1st membership entitlements. Bethesda says in its announcement post that this is because of technical limitations.

Like Sea of Thieves, the Steam version of Fallout 76 will feature cross play, but only between it and the Bethesda.net version, so you won’t be able to play with your console friends by switching over to Steam.

In other news:

Now for the wildest Steam story of this morning: Square-Enix has sent out an update for the Steam version of Final Fantasy IX, and instead of doing things you expect patches to do, like fixing bugs or making quality-of-life improvements, reports are coming out that it straight up deletes the game from your computer.

Even if you attempt to redownload it, all you’ll get is the launcher installed with no game for it to actually bring up. Take a look at the patch notes on the Steam website. Look at all those deleted files. Since then, Square has released more updates and appears to be fixing the issue, but the game is still unavailable as of this writing.

If for some reason you’re in desperate need of a copy of Final Fantasy IX right this very minute, the game is on several other platforms that don’t seem to have any intention of deleting the game from your device. Why not check out Fanbyte’s definitive ranking to find out where you would probably enjoy it the most?

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Kenneth Shepard

Kenneth is a Georgia-based writer who still periodically cries about the Mass Effect trilogy years after it concluded.

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