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Fallout 4 ships 12 million copies to retailers, game 'generating record sales'

It's not exactly a shock to learn that publisher Bethesda Softworks shipped a lot of copies of its long-awaited post-apocalyptic RPG Fallout 4 to retailers. The company said that it has shipped 12 million copies of the game, which launched for the Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC earlier this week, and since then it has been "generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download".

Bethesda didn't offer a specific number of how many copies of the game have actually been sold to consumers, saying only that the shipments to retailers would represent "sales in excess of $750 million." It added:

"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."

Have you bought and played Fallout 4 yet, and if so what is your reaction to the game? Let us know in the comments!

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Source: Bethesda Softworks

74 Comments
  • Does this game have a character customization system as Skyrim? I'd love to see a game that scans my face with the RealSense camera and uses it as a 3D model ingame. It would be fun. Also probably great for The Sims.
  • Yes it does. There's tons of videos on it if you'd like to see it more in depth.
  • Yeah it's actually rather good!
  • The character creation tool is the best I have ever seen in a video game.
  • Sucks to use on console though.  You really need the mouse/keyboard. The game interface though, is much better on console than the dogs dinner keyboard layout.
  • Fallout 4 is awesome! Brings back memories of blasting mutants in the DC area in the third game. Actually picked it up for both Xbox One and the PC
  • I did that too.  Didn't actually intend to though lol
  • I don't care about sales. The game is horrible and this is coming from Fallout fanboy...
  • What's horrible about it?
  • I really don't get why people are complaining about this. What do you find so 'horrible' about it?
  • I don't have all day to talk about all fails in the game, if you want to know, go to metacritic and read everything in user score....
  • Lol, so you haven't played it, but you consider the game horrible? The user section of Metacritic is one of the worst metrics to go by. I don't even get why people use it anymore, other than to troll the scores of games.
  • Are you kidding me? I have played the game...
  • You CLEARLY have not.
  • Fanboy since? Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Fanboy since Fallout 1 & 2...
  • Im not even interested in Fallout 4, cause Fallout died as soon as they left the Fallout 1,2 and Tactics style of gameplay. Now its a wannabe rpg shooter that has a long way to go compared to other rpg shooters.
  • Maybe he's a fan of Fallout Boy the band?
  • You think you are funny but you are not.
  • Better comment then you bashing a great game
  • Sorry, you're wrong Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • This game will be fail of the year...
  • Yep, with sales blasting those of the new CoD and Halo 5 and already at close to $1 billion it sure looks like a fail to me.
  • I don't care about sales.
  • I finally got to start playing this morning. Loving it so far!
  • Don't forget it's setting records got awful merchandising as well!
  • I sincerely hope someone like obsidian is already working on a pseudo sequel like New Vegas. While, IMO, New Vegas isn't quite as good as F3, I appreciated that it did its own thing with the universe.
  • F:NV had ridiculous amount of bugs and so did F3. Great games, but still needed alot fixing lol. For instance in F:NV- Veronica doesn't level like the other NPC's. Cassidy's dialogue tree is some what jumbled and doesn't fall the layout of most NPC's in the game. I had to make my own patch file for F:NV :P.
  • Yep, Obsidian has always been prone to making buggy games.
  • Well so has Bethesda... At least I haven't fallen through the world yet though.
  • Is fallout 4 the continuation of a story or would it be ok to pick it up and get straight into it?
  • I never played fallout 3 (but Fallout 4 comes with a copy) and I have been told that the games are in the same universe but are not sequels.   http://www.polygon.com/features/2015/11/9/9646378/fallout-timeline-4-3-2 Is helpful
  • Same universe but different locations.
  • It's fine to pick it up and go, everything is explained nicely
  • You don't need a former knowledge. It takes place in another part of the country... Possibly even another time. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • The game makes more sense if you know the story and the lore from the previous outings, but its absolutely not necessary and the most you'll miss are just a lot of little in-jokes and references that you won't ever know you've missed anyway.
  • I started it but I put it down. I like to dedicate my time to one game at a time and Halo 5 is my fave now. I just have to get more Req packs.
  • I can't wait to play this game... in 2016 when it's $5 in a Steam sale ;)
  • Good luck with that Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • For now, it is worth 5$.
  • So unless you're just a pathetic fat troll like that WoW player in South Park, wy even bother commenting on a game you obviously have never played?
  • Sarcasm Yes, Sarcasm No, Yes, No.
    Which one is it?
  • It's not an RPG like previous iterations.. Bethesda went the main line console route.. It seems more like a sandbox sim..disappointing, from someone who spent hundreds of hours on fo3. Ah well.
  • Not an RPG? Let's see, you play the role of someone, it's open world, you have to point points in stats as you level up which determine effectiveness in certain situations, it has crafting/modifying/repairing, a full story. I'm pretty sure it's a full RPG dude. Have you even played it, or are you just watching videos and reading meta critic reviews?
  • I played it..
  • Maybe after it's modded after a few months and it's on sale I'll download..for now I'll play witcher 3
  • It's funny, you haven't said anything to back up your claim. It's fine if you don't like the game, not everyone has to, but to claim it isn't an RPG is just foolish.
  • Yes, I'm a bit disappointed. Bethesda has continually dumbed down their games since Oblivion, didn't think it would be possible to dumb it down further than Skyrim, but apparently it was. Guess TES6 will do away with stats all together....
  • Don't really see what you're basing that on. Bethesda has had the same system since, at least, Daggerfall. All of the RPG's they developed have had the same system and still all continue to have stats.
  • Not even close, they completely removed skills, it's only perks now, that's dumbing down. Have you even played any other Bethesda/Fallout games?
  • O.o no skills and skill books?!??!
  • Magazines are basically the same as the skillbooks, and the different levels of perks are really the same as skills. People just need to get over themselves. If Bethesda did the exact same thing as Fallout 3 in a new world, they would complain that nothing changed. When they change things, people complain that it's been dumbed down. Complainers are just gonna complain I guess.
  • Dude they just renamed them. Instead of leveling up and putting 5-10 points in locking picking, you level up and put your one point into locksmith. Is it really that big of a problem? Were you really sitting there and figuring out every single skill point during gameplay or were you figureing out how high you wanted your skills as you leveled? Also yes, I have played plast Bethesda games, have been since Daggerfall.
  • Not even close to just renaming them, Fallout 3 had already paved the way for this but it was at least better than the system in place here.
    Where is the quests that will rely on a demolitions skill to disarm a bomb, or persuasion to talk the bomber out of detonating it? These things still apply (I hope) but they are just mashed into the 7 stats and their related perks.
    Part of the fun (and sometimes frustration) was coming across something that required that little bit more in a skill and having to come back later to do it.
    Hell in Fallout 2 having the right skills in Reno meant that you could avoid every single combat encounter in the area.
  • And about an hour ago I just had to walk away from a quest where I didn't have enough points in the hacker perk and couldn't complete it yet. They aren't just mashed into the skills, the skills just have prerequisite amounts for them, which makes it so you have to plan further where you put your points.
  • Those ARE annoying, but there are generally several ways to get past any locked door/secured terminal.
  • True to that
  • It's a slightly larger and fuller version of fo3. You're full of crap. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • With skill points?
  • I've liked it alot.
  • This article is bullshit. The only people saying there are record sells are the people that made the game. They are just trying to sell it to suckers who think they are missing out. Record sales was GTA V and halo. Fallout 4 ? Really? My ass...
  • You clearly aren't familiar with the fallout fan base. Not everyone plays mindless shooters.
  • This is a mindless shooter...
  • There is only 1 mindless thing in these comments...
  • Fallout 4 is amazing. I've got 24 hours into it and barely scratched the surface. I do wish the graphics were a bit more next gen but the design is good and immersive. Sound and music are exceptional. The new dialogue system is not that great but overall it's well worth $60.
  • I think it looks beautiful. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • Comparing it to Witcher 3 it looks like a turd.
  • I don't like that they have completely removed skills from the game. The weapon mod system in fallout 4 is incredible, but I don't like that they have removed the repair factor, which meant that you couldn't always use your favourite gun all the time you had to mix it up. I also find the house building stuff boring, but I can just not use that.
  • Hopefully they add them back in a add-on... Repairing your weapon and skills were apart of fallout for ages. Surprised they completely removed them...
  • My housemate suggested that the repair thing is because of the upgrade system. However I figured they could make it so that any item you had which had some of the components of what needed repairing could help repair a weapon or armour piece. So then it becomes a case of, do you hold onto that item to make it better, or do you sacrifice it now to fix up the weapon that has served you well so far? Who knows though, you could be right, they could add something like that into a DLC.
  • Yet, now you need fuel for power armor. Posted via the Windows Central App for Android
  • According to the previous Fallout lore, one fuel cell last 100 years at least...
  • Huh!  You can still repair stuff.  And there are still skills, just relabeled as perks. The repairing is not like F3 though, it was a good idea to be able to repair a broken item using others of that same item that could also be on the point of failure though, and thats gone.
  • Got this, Halo and Tomb Raider. Finished Campaign on Halo, will finish TROTR hopefully soon and then I'm all Fallout 4. Loved 1,2,3 and New Vegas. I expect a great, if not fantastic game according to what I've read. Game on!