In a strange bit of news, Bethesda announces that it will be closing down its Bethesda.net forums and moving to Discord and Reddit.
The Bethesda.net forums are used by countless gamers to connect, share feedback, and keep up-to-date on a myriad of games from Fallout 76 to Doom. It's a catalog of tips, tricks, complaints, and a unique time capsule that captures different eras of Bethesda games. Those forums will soon be taken offline. In a move that has frustrated lots of gamers, Bethesda says it will close the forums by July 6 and erase a big portion of its community legacy.
Fallout 76 players in particular are aggravated by this announcement. The forums' Fallout section is incredibly popular with over 156,000 discussions ranging from the original cRPGs to the new live service game. The Fallout 4 section in particular is used as a reference for mods (the mod section has over 10,000 discussions). Fallout 76, however, has over 128,000 discussions and 40,000 of them are support posts.
The consensus from Fallout 76 faithful is that now it'll be harder to offer feedback and connect to Bethesda devs. On the flip side, the closure of the forums decreases the amount of information, complaints, and content that developers have to look through. This may reduce stress for developers but it's still kind of sad to see such a massive repository of information being taken offline.
Here's a timeline of when the forums will be taken offline, along with info from the announcement:
- May 24 - Categories go to read-only. Users cannot post.
- June 23 - Post contents are deleted
- July 6 - Archiving of smaller categories. Users cannot access Categories.
To continue our direct relationships with our communities, we will be moving our conversations from the Bethesda.net forums to our official Discord Servers. We will also continue to have our Community teams visible on Reddit and our social channels, and our Support team will be able to address your issues and concerns with the Help Portal. (Please note, this transition only affects the forums on Bethesda.net. For our ESO community, the ESO forums are operated separately and will remain as they are.)
What are the official Discord Servers?
You can continue conversations on our official Discord Servers listed below:
Where can I report an issue I'm experiencing in-game?
We encourage you to enter a ticket via our Customer Support portal at help.bethesda.net.
Where can I submit feedback or suggestions?
We are always looking at feedback and suggestions placed within our Discord Servers and in places like Reddit within game subreddits or on social media.
Does this impact comments on Bethesda.net Mods?
Yes, mod comments are powered by the forums, and will also be shut down. Authors are encouraged to list their social channels or personal Discord server in their mod descriptions. This way, they can continue to engage with players in their preferred online spaces. General mod discussion is welcome on our official Discord servers.
Does this plan impact The Elder Scrolls Online official forums?
No. Only the Bethesda.net forums will be sunset. The Elder Scrolls Online forums will continue to operate and function as usual.