Bethesda Titles Debut On GOG, Arena & Daggerfall Free With Purchase

In a surprising move, mega-developer Bethesda Softworks has made their debut on GOG’s digital marketplace, offering a selection of their older and harder to legally accrue titles for download. Though you have the less shocking appearance of DOOM and Quake, Two series already available on Steam, the real surprise comes with the arrival of the Elder Scrolls series.

Though you won’t find Oblivion or Skyrim on GOG, you will find everything else. Everything from Arena to Morrowind is now hosted on the service, including the hard-to-find The Elder Scrolls Adventures: Redguard and The Elder Scrolls: Battlespire. This is especially newsworthy since both games are rather tricky to get working in DOSbox. Redguard due to its 3DFX requirement and Battlespire for being one of the last, and therefore most DOS extender jury-rigged game of the early Windows era.

Sweetening this deal even further, For a limited time, purchasers of any of Bethesda’s titles on GOG will get a free download of both Arena and Daggerfall. Speaking as someone who owns boxed retail versions of both, I plan to download them just to see if I can get MPU-401 emulation through their version on my laptop. Do note, however, both of those games have been given away for free by Bethesda in the past.

Lastly, GOG’s update mentions they plan to stream gameplay of these new titles on their twitch channel, so if you’re curious about the way these older titles play, you’ll soon get a chance to see them in action.

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Carl Batchelor


Carl is both a JRPG fan and a CRPG'er who especially loves European PC games. Even with more than three decades of gaming under his belt, he feels the best of the hobby is yet to come.

  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    August 26, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    I can’t even begin to say how ecstatic it is to finally be able to play ID classics DRM free. But I am a little disappointed that the Trent Reznor soundtrack for Quake is missing.

  2. Neojames82
    August 26, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    It is also missing on the Steam version as well. Guessing its because its a music rights issue.

  3. Chris Charabaruk
    Chris Charabaruk
    August 26, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Now we just need to convince Bethesda to create Windows ports of Stormhold, Dawnstar, and Shadowkey.

  4. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    August 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Yeah, the N-GAGE ones? I always wanted to play those.

  5. JustaGuest
    August 26, 2015 at 12:29 pm

    Finally, been waiting for gog to get Morrowind. Just in time for checking out OpenMW’s development.

  6. Chris Charabaruk
    Chris Charabaruk
    August 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I think only Shadowkey was specifically N-GAGE; the others were just Java phone apps.

  7. Dewey Defeats Truman
    Dewey Defeats Truman
    August 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    Seems weird to see Fallout back on there since I remember a while ago they were handing that game out like candy before they had to stop selling it and now it’s just kinda back with a normal price tag and everything but that’s life I guess.

    Can’t say much of this interests me, I’ve never been a big PC or RPG guy, but I’m glad for the fans that they can get them here now.

  8. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    August 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm

    That’s disappointing, but it doesn’t seem to hard to mod in the game. Also I’m glad Bethesda didn’t seperate the expansion packs like the steam version so I’d have to pay $20 for the comlete version.

  9. flashn00b
    August 26, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    I’m hoping that they Fallout 4’s inevitable GOTY edition to GOG. I can accept that DRM is necessary these days to provide multiplayer games a service platform, but Fallout is a singleplayer experience.

  10. Yabloko Molloco San
    Yabloko Molloco San
    August 26, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    I thought Daggerfall and Arena were free already.

  11. Madbrainbox
    August 26, 2015 at 3:07 pm

    That game is so good.It’s world is one of the best.

  12. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    August 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm

    I did mention in the article that they are free.

    however, do keep in mind two things:

    #1: The ones on their website are not pre-configured in DOSbox, whereas GOG’s are.

    #2: the version of Arena that you find on Bethesda’s site is the floppy disk version, not the CD version, which means you won’t have spoken dialog in the cutscenes.

  13. Crizzyeyes
    August 26, 2015 at 4:09 pm

    There is no modding necessary. I believe you can burn the soundtrack on to a CD (or put it on an emulated CD) and just enable “CD music” in the game options.

  14. Fenrir007
    August 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    I played Shadowkey. It was decent – impressive, even, all things considered – but the world was pretty dull because of the hardware constraints. You are not missing much.

  15. Siveon
    August 26, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    “Bethesda Classics”. Uh-huh, right. Bethesda was totally behind the first 2 Fallout games.

  16. Carl B.
    Carl B.
    August 27, 2015 at 11:46 am

    I was the one who originally created the pre-configured one in 2007. Ask them if they remember “Boilerplate”.