We know Fallout 4 made a lot of money this week. Steam Spy told us more than 1.2 million people owned the game on Steam. And most of them are playing it. Fallout 4 comes in at third on Steam’s most played games, behind only CS: GO and Dota 2.
Today, Bethesda gives us a better idea of just how well Fallout 4 is doing. 12 million copies of the game shipped on launch day, “representing sales in excess of $750 million.” The game is also generating “record sales” at traditional stores (think Gamestop, Walmart, etc.) and on digital storefronts on console and PC.
It should be noted that shipped doesn’t translate to the number of copies sold. But it’s in the ballpark. Bethesda also said they were shipping more Fallout 4 copies to retailers to meet “ongoing market demand.” Hell, the Walmart here in Gadsden sold out.
Fallout 4’s launch blows Skyrim’s away
Let’s take a look back at Bethesda Game Studios’ last game. In 2011, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was a resounding success with 7 million copies shipped to retailers in the first two days. Half of them were sold to consumers in the same period. Thanks to a burgeoning mod community, more than 20 million copies of Skyrim are out in the wild.
The strength of Skyrim’s community remains even with the launch of Fallout 4. More than 26,000 players are still playing Skyrim. It’s not the 400,000 playing Fallout 4, but it’s still impressive for a game released in 2011. Look for Fallout 4 to have similar legs once the mods start pouring in.
The insanity that is November
Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Fallout 4 and Star Wars: Battlefront in the first half of November. I put Fallout 4 at #3 for November’s NPD in an article I wrote earlier this week. But that 12 million figure is staggering. I knew people were hyped for a Fallout game, but damn – I didn’t expect that much.
Two of November’s big three have now released. Bethesda says Fallout 4 represents sales of over $750 million. We don’t have a firm number, but let’s take a look back at Skyrim. Half of the shipped number sold-through. Let’s just say $400 million at a minimum. Could be a lot more, but let’s be conservative with the shipped number.
Activision Blizzard said Call of Duty: Black Ops III generated over $550 million in worldwide sales in its first 72 hours.
Star Wars: Battlefront hasn’t released yet, but EA has projected 13 million copies for the entire fiscal year (ending March 2016). My NPD lineup was:
Call of Duty: Black Ops III
Star Wars: Battlefront
I’m putting Fallout 4 over Star Wars: Battlefront now. It’s hard to bet against Star Wars, but that 12 million number (on launch day!) touted by Bethesda is insane. I know one thing, Bethesda and Activision Blizzard are doing this right now: