Bethesda reveals that Fallout 4 has shipped 12 million units around the world, setting record sales at retailers and earning over $750 million of revenue.
Ever since Fallout 4 was announced back in June, it's all that anybody has been able to talk about. Fans have been waiting white some time for another installment in Bethesda's hugely popular RPG series but now that Fallout 4 is here, has all of that hype and excitement translated into sales success? Today Bethesda has revealed the game's shipped units, saying that not only has the game done very well already but that it has also had "record sales" at some retailers.
Bethesda says that Fallout 4 has shipped 12 million units to retailers globally (shipped includes the number of copies sold to retailers, rather than those sold to customers) in order to meet day one demand. These shipped units totalled a huge $750 million in revenue for the company, though it's unclear whether the Fallout 4 Xbox One bundles have also been included in that figure.
Additionally, Bethesda acknowledged that the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition sold out after mere hours of being on sale, though given the recent shipping issues with Fallout 4 Pip-Boys it's unconfirmed just how many of those orders have actually made it into the hands of fans.
Bethesda also says that retailers have informed them that Fallout 4 was "the most pre-ordered game this year" and that the Pip-Boy Edition was the fastest-selling collector's edition of any game in history. On top of that "launch day sales at some of the leading retail chains were the largest of any game released this year", which is certainly impressive given that just weeks ago, Microsoft released Halo 5: Guardians which was so successful that it helps the company sell more Xbox One consoles than PS4s during the month of October.
As for digital sales of Fallout 4, Bethesda had much to brag about there too. The company noted that Fallout 4 now holds the record for the most concurrent players on Steam, beating Grand Theft Auto 5. Fallout 4 also holds the record for the "most viewed game launch of all 2015 games", according to Twitch, which is again impressive given that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 only beat that record last week. Even the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy app is doing well for itself, as it became the number one game on iOS App Store.
While Bethesda is now shipping more copies of Fallout 4 to retailers in order to keep up with demand, many will be looking to the future of Fallout 4. Earlier this week, the game's director Todd Howard said that they are listening to fans when it comes to Fallout 4 DLC. With so many people playing the game and no doubt having an opinion on what they love (or hate) about it, the development team certainly has a lot of feedback to go through but fans will be eagerly waiting to see what they come up with eventually, nonetheless.