We knew that Fallout 4 was going to be a blockbuster for Bethesda — it was a forgone conclusion. After all, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas were released in 2008 and 2010 respectively, leaving Fallout fans with a long drought to contend with. With the release of Fallout 4, that drought is over, and the fans came out in droves.
Bethesda announced today that Fallout 4 is “generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and PC” and that it shipped 12 million copies of the game on the first day of availability, representing in excess of $750 million in sales. Interestingly, Bethesda is using the word “shipped” instead of “sold,” which tells us absolutely nothing about how many actual units were delivered into the waiting hands of gamers.
Bethesda goes on to claim that Fallout 4 was the most pre-ordered game so far in 2015 and the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition was “the fastest-selling collector’s edition of any game in history at leading retailers.” We’re not surprised by that last claim considering that copies were sold out within hours of going on sale. And if you hop on over to eBay right now, you’ll see new, unopened copies of the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition selling for $70 over MSRP.
Bethesda also revealed that there were a record 470,000 concurrent Fallout 4 players on Steam alone after launch.
“We’re extremely proud of Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, and his experienced team of developers for their talent and dedication in creating this extraordinary game,” said Bethesda Softworks President Vlatko Andonov. “Fallout 4 is a masterpiece in game development and storytelling, providing fans hundreds of hours of fun as they explore and are challenged by this fascinating, beautifully crafted world.”
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