Bethesda adds free classic Elder Scrolls games to Steam

A group of warriors and a magician stand together in a red arena.

Box art for Elder Scrolls Arena
Picture: Bethesda

Back in February, Bethesda confirmed that it was about to shut down its proprietary PC game launcher and would move affected games back to Steam. Now that we’re getting closer to the shutdown on May 11, Bethesda has started adding some of its classic games to Steam. Some arrive on Valve’s digital storefront for the first time, and three for the low, low price of nothing at all.

Today, Bethesda added five classic titles to Steammainly from Oldest rolls franchiseincluding two of its lesser-known and more obscure spin-offs, Redguard and Slagspir. Here is the full list.

  • The Elder Scrolls Arena
  • The Elder Scrolls II: Daggerfall
  • The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard
  • An Elder Scrolls Legend: Battlespire
  • Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory

Not only are these now available on Steam, but some of them are free. You can take hold Elder Scrolls Arena and its successor Dagger for free. Plus, online multiplayer shooting games Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory costs 0 kr at the moment. And while there is no indication from Bethesda that these are temporary agreements or errors, I would suggest that you grab them ASAP, just in case anyone at Bethesda makes a mistake during this big shift back to Steam.

The remaining two games do not cost much more than free, with Redguard and Slagspir goes for $ 6 each.

Kotaku has approached Bethesda and asked about the free games.

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Just remember that even though all of these games are part of two popular franchises, these are older titles that in some ways have not aged very well. And it does not appear that these classics have been directed by Bethesda prior to this switch to Steam. But overall, there are plenty of tools and mods out there that can enhance your experience of playing classic PC games.

As a reminder, Bethesda Launcher and the store will close forever on May 11th. Starting tomorrow, April 27, Bethesda will allow players to migrate all their games and wallets to Steam. You can read more about this via this recently updated FAQ Bethesda is released ahead of the big close and move.