As we speak, the Internet is still reeling after the proverbial nuclear warhead that hit when Bethesda officially announced Fallout 4‘s release yesterday. The news was so explosive that people who have never played a video game in their lives probably caught irradiated wind of the latest entry in the popular post-apocalyptic RPG series. For instance, ESPN even climbed aboard the hype train with a story about Boston’s Fenway Park being featured as a location in the upcoming title.
With such solid titles like Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas to build a steady foundation for the Bethesda’s successful franchise, it’s no wonder that news regarding Fallout 4 was on the tips of everyone’s tongue. Usually, whenever the next sequel of a highly anticipated franchise is made publicly known, the revenue of prior installments often spike. So ultimately, it comes as no surprise that after Bethesda showed the first trailer for Fallout 4 sales for Fallout 3‘s digital Game of the Year Edition skyrocketed by 1322% on Amazon.
According to the electronic retailer’s Movers & Shakers chart for video games, at the time of writing Fallout 3‘s GOTY bundle is ranked number 22 on the list, while the Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition rests comfortably behind it at 23. This is definitely a huge increase in profits for the titles, as the former received a 90% uptick in popularity, while the latter got a boost of 85%.
Really, this news comes as no surprise since all of us already know how much the Tunnel Snakes rule and that Legion is to be feared on all levels, respectively. But, of course, resting comfortably in the top spots are the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of Fallout 4, which are sure to stay for many days/months to come.
With interest in Bethesda‘s preceding Fallout games revived, hopefully there are many gamers uninitiated with the series that will mutate into fervent fans after exploring the wastes of D.C. in Fallout 3 and the ruined deserts of Nevada in Fallout: New Vegas. With any luck, the resurgence will provide newcomers with an idea of how to survive in Bethesda’s virtual nuclear apocalypses and remind players familiar with the franchise why they picked up the titles in the first place. If anything, it will get people excited for the upcoming quests in Fallout 4‘s blasted-out Boston setting.
While there’s still relatively little known about what we can expect from Bethesda’s upcoming release other than what we’ve learned from Fallout 4‘s reveal trailer, fans will no doubt have a field day with the details and theorize about the game’s potential storylines and gameplay aspects. But honestly, the only rumor one can wrap their fingers around is the possibility of Fallout 4 being released this year, as the Bethesda Store initially had a “TBA 2015” listed on their site for the game.
At any rate, when all’s said and done, Fallout 3 is always ripe for revisiting and serves as a great primer for those looking to prepare themselves for Fallout 4 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.