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I mentioned in an earlier article that reviews (which are currently great but not excellent for Bethesda, sitting at around the 87 mark on Metacritic as they are) wouldn't matter much for Fallout 4's sales, and the press release we've just been sent from Bethesda seems to prove that assumption right. We're only a few days away from launch and the game already has shipped and is in the process of selling 12 million copies.
That's not the only impressive piece of data either, as the game was also the most pre-ordered title at many retailers and the most watched on Twitch, while the Pip-boy App that gives players the chance to control their Pip-boy via mobile was the number one game app on the iTunes App Store. Think what you will of the game, but these are impressive numbers:
BETHESDA SOFTWORKS ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF FALLOUT® 4
Record Sales for the Most Anticipated Game of 2015
November 13, 2015 (Rockville, MD) Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that its award-winning game, Fallout® 4, is generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC. Bethesda launched with approximately 12 million units worldwide to meet day one demand, representing sales in excess of $750 million. The collector's edition, the Fallout 4 Pip-Boyâ„¢ Edition, sold out within hours of its announced availability.
Major retailers have informed Bethesda of the tremendous consumer interest in Fallout 4, with some noting it was the most pre-ordered game this year. In addition, the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition was the fastest-selling collector's edition of any game in history at leading retailers. Following the release, Bethesda was advised that launch day sales at some of the leading retail chains were the largest of any game released this year. Bethesda is now shipping more Fallout 4 units to retailers to meet ongoing market demand.
Digital sales of Fallout 4 are also breaking records. On Steam, Fallout 4 became the number one game played, surpassing the previous record for concurrent play with over 470,000 Fallout players. The companion app, Fallout Pip-Boy, became the number one game on the iTunes App Store. Fallout 4 also set the record as the most viewed game launch of all 2015 games, according to Twitch.
(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 Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. (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.)
Fallout 4 has earned critical acclaim since its announcement in June 2015, winning over 160 awards at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) including the coveted Game Critics Award for '˜Best of Show', a selection voted on by an independent group of journalists from 39 leading media outlets that cover the videogame industry.
Following its release across the globe, this eagerly-awaited title has garnered additional raves from some of the industry's most influential and respected critics. Reviewers have noted for particular praise the game's storytelling, its vast, detailed world, crafting systems, exploration, meaningful player choices, shooting mechanics, hours of gameplay, and most importantly, total freedom of action.
(A huge thanks to our fans that've made this all possible,) said Todd Howard, Game Director on Fallout 4. (After four years of development, it's not complete until our fans get to play it and make it their own. We can't wait to hear about their adventures.)
Fallout 4 reaffirms the elite status of Bethesda Game Studios as among the finest development teams in the industry. Each of the last three games developed by Bethesda Games Studios were consensus '˜Game of the Year' winners and rank with the highest-scoring titles in the industry. Fallout 4 is the follow up to the 2008 '˜Game of the Year', Fallout® 3, and the first title from Bethesda Game Studios since the release of their global phenomenon and 2011 '˜Game of the Year', The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®.
In Fallout 4 you play the sole survivor of Vault 111 and enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the New England Wasteland. Welcome home.
Fallout 4 is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information, visit: www.Fallout4.com.
About ZeniMax Media Inc.
ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington DC with international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices. ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Battlecry Studios, ZeniMax Online Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited, and ZeniMax Australia Pty Ltd. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit www.zenimax.com.
About Bethesda Softworks
Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, The Evil Withinâ„¢, and RAGE®. For more information on Bethesda Softworks' products, visit www.bethsoft.com.
About Bethesda Game Studios
Bethesda Game Studios is the award-winning development studio known around the world for its groundbreaking work on The Elder Scrolls series and the Fallout series. Creators of the 2006 '˜Game of the Year', The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, the 2008 '˜Game of the Year', Fallout® 3, and most recently the 2011 '˜Game of the Year', The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the industry's most respected and accomplished game development studios. For more information on Bethesda Game Studios, visit bgs.bethsoft.com.
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