Fallout 76's so called Break it Early Test Aplication, or B.E.T.A. in short, will not be coming out on Steam when it launches and will instead use Bethesda's own launcher. If the company are to be believed, same goes for the full game.
Whether this is a smart move remains to be seen, because pushing for a Bethesda launcher with what's basically the company's first proper online multiplayer game sure doesn't sound smart at the moment. Nevertheless, Todd probably knows what's best for Toddout 76.
On the other hand, this wouldn't be the first time Bethesda's game had a delayed launch on Steam, with the latest example being Fallout Shelter. True, the magnitudes of the games are practically incomparable but for what it's worth - it took the Fallout sim almost a full year after launch to hit Steam.
Bethesda's frequently asked questions section also points out that their "current plan for the B.E.T.A. is it will be the full game and all your progress is saved for launch." I'd love to point out the benefits of this but if you can access Fallout 76 beta, you've already splashed out for the game so you might as well carry over your progress.
Speaking of carrying over, many users are still irked over Bethesda's decision on Fallout 76 selective beta, once it launches in October. Many of them feel downright cheated, especially since preordering was openly advertised as a direct shoe-in for the beta, whereas now it doesn't seem to be the case.
As the company announced earlier, Fallout 76 beta will "start small and grow over time", even though this plan seems anything but realistic. The game's official launch date is set for 14 November 2018, leaving less than 45 days for testing.
This led many to think that Bethesda is either using preorders as a quick financial injection, or that they're just flogging Fallout 4 in different clothing, with tacked on multiplayer and all that under the Fallout 76 name. Oh well, at least they got the soundtrack right.