Ever since the release of Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto V back in 2013, the world of gaming hasn’t really seen any record-breaking demand for new game titles. Perhaps Rockstar set the bar too high or perhaps the major console retailers are still getting adjusted to their next-gen status. Whichever way you wish to frame it, there hasn’t been much for big game sales news.
There has however, been a glimpse of hope in this respect from Bethesda Softwork. Its Fallout 4 title offered the possibility of bringing some much needed new life to the gaming world. Bethesda seemed to be yo-yoing the prospect of the game’s release over fans eager heads for quite some time. Initial reports in 2013 said the game was in development, but by early 2014, Bethesda’s game director Todd Howard crushed hopes when he said that it would be a while before any new game announcements were to take place. Fortunately for the eager fans, the game finally got its release on November 10th, 2015.
Considering how wildly anticipated it was, Fall Out 4’s current success is hardly surprising. The fact that it’s now on a record-breaking run however, is something worth paying attention to. According to Bethesda, Fallout 4 has been generating some serious sales since its release. Retail as well as online sales for the game’s Xbox One, PS4 and PC releases are record breaking, with Bethesda having shipped 12 million initial units worldwide for opening day. The game has thus far turned in sales in excess of a whopping $750 million.
In addition to this, Fallout 4’s collectible Pip-Boy Edition sold out completely within a matter of hours of its availability. The game’s collector’s edition has since gone to become the fastest selling collectors edition of any game in history. Online sales don’t show any signs of being a weak link, either – the Pip-Boy Edition is the iTunes App top game and online gaming platform Steam reports that Fallout 4 is currently its number one game played, with 470,000 concurrent players. That number shatters Grand Theft Auto V’s previous record of 445,000 concurrent players.
Fallout 4 is the first release from Bethesda since 2011’s The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim took the gaming world by storm and went on to become 2011’s ‘Game of The Year’. Yet even with such a venerable status, Skyrim initially only shipped 7 million copies to stores during the game’s first 48 hours, and brought in $3.5 million in sales. This has been dwarfed by Fallout 4’s current run. There hasn’t been a direct sequel released in the Fallout franchise since 2008’s much celebrated Fallout 3 - and judging by the sales records as well as the critical praise, Fallout 4 is a worthy successor.
What titles such as Fallout 4 have shown is that as with films, quality games take time to make. Though Fallout 4 has received its share of criticisms – some have taken issue with what are seen as the game’s lacklustre graphics (and even some who express outright annoyance over not being able to kill your onscreen canine companion), the fact of the matter is that Bethesda has provided gamers with an extensive, engaging world to explore.
This may not seem like anything out of the ordinary, at first glance. However, considering the number of games that are released each year that fail to measure up to even this level of criteria, it’s a commendable achievement for a game to find itself in the position that Fallout 4 currently finds itself in.
Fallout 4 is out now for PS4, Xbox One and PC.
Source: Bethesda Softworks