SuperData, a video game market analysis company, announces in a report that Fallout 4 digital sales have exceeded well over $100 million in a short period of time.
SuperData also revealed that Bethesda moved around 1.87 million digital units of Fallout 4 in three days, with 1.2 million of those units sold on the PC platform primarily through Steam. The remaining 600,000 or so copies were sold on either Xbox Live or PlayStation Network. Those sales figures aren’t surprising to gamers who have been tracking the post-apocalyptic game’s success since release, as Fallout 4 already set a Steam record for most concurrent users, shattering the mark previously held by Grand Theft Auto 5.
Although PC gamers have developed a reputation for savvy online purchases that are characterized by discounts and Steam sales, SuperData’s founder and CEO Joost van Dreunen believes Fallout 4 illustrates that certain games can buck that trend. Dreunen suggested that PC gamer’s don’t “exclusively purchase games at a huge discount” and that they are “willing to shell out full price for select titles”. That Fallout 4 has shipped 12 million copies globally in addition to its digital figures is evidence of that fact.
It’s not as though Bethesda chose a soft release schedule to ensure Fallout 4‘s domination of the video game market, either. Despite releasing around the same time as other AAA titles like Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 and Rise of the Tomb Raider, it was Fallout 4 who dominated sales in the UK, US, and other countries. Clearly, it’s Bethesda’s grim, gallows humor-filled world, and we’re all just living in it.
That world isn’t all irradiated sunshine and laser-produced rainbows, however. The fact remains that Fallout 4 is a polarizing title that isn’t necessarily for everyone, featuring many gameplay elements that recall old-school PC RPGs that might turn some gamers off. On top of that, the game showcases Bethesda’s penchant for designing and releasing games riddled with bugs that range from amusing to exasperating – one Fallout 4 bug in particular is game-breaking and could result in a number of broken keyboards and controllers.
Debilitating glitches or no, Fallout 4 is still the de facto top dog in sales this week and likely for the foreseeable future. Bethesda’s Todd Howard, the director behind the wildly successful release, already confirmed plans for Fallout 4 DLC releases well into 2016, and it appears the hype train has settled in the Boston Wasteland for an extended stay.
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Fallout 4 is currently available for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.