Commenting on the assumption that none of the future Bethesda games will be releasing on Steam, Bethesda's Pete Hines has decided to come out and say that this may not be the case and that the conclusion has been drawn prematurely.
What kickstarted the whole thing was an official announcement that Fallout 76 won't be coming out via Steam, which - combined with Bethesda's push of their proprietary storefront - made people assume that Bethesda might soon be ditching Steam completely.
"We did not announce 'all future Bethesda games will not be on Steam. That is not what we said. We said ' this game will be available exclusively on Bethesda.net," said Hines. "We feel like the best way for us to provide the best experience and serve our customers is to be dealing with them directly."
Furthermore, when asked about what this means about Doom Eternal, Hines said that Bethesda aren't quite sure just yet, and that it might go either way in the end, seeing that Eternal is a more classic and 'safer' sort of experience than 76 is.
This ought to alleviate some of the concerns that Bethesda is going the way of EA and Origin after all, which is good news for the end consumer, but it's also worth keeping in mind that Pete Hines hasn't committed to releasing games on Steam, either. A pinch of salt, as they say.