Fallout 4 ships 12 million units, becomes third biggest UK launch of the year

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Pictured: Where Bethesda's storing all of its money

I’m lost in the Wasteland, exploring every nook and cranny of Bethesda’s newest epic-scale open RPG. I’ve enjoyed very nearly every minute of it, with just a bit of resource management and base-building getting in the way of my entertainment. It’s quite likely that very, very many of you are enjoying it too.

Fallout 4 is selling exceptionally well, says Bethesda, who’re beating on their chests about the game’s retail performance. According to Bethesda, they’ve shipped 12 million copies of the game – valued at 750 Million US Dollars. It’s worth noting that that’s shipped and not sold through to customers, so we have no real idea how many people are playing the game.

“We’re extremely proud of Todd Howard, Game Director at Bethesda Game Studios, and his experienced team of developers for their talent and dedication in creating this extraordinary game,” said Bethesda Softworks president Vlatko Andonov. ” Fallout 4 is a masterpiece in game development and storytelling, providing fans hundreds of hours of fun as they explore and are challenged by this fascinating, beautifully crafted world.”

That’s a lot of people who are – presumably – enjoying one of the year’s most successful video game launches, coming in (in some regions, at least) only behind FIFA and Call of Duty. The silly, large plastic bracelet that makes up the bulk of the collector’s edition has made it so that the Pip Boy Edition of the game is” the fastest-selling collector’s edition of game in history at leading retailers”, the publisher says.

“A huge thanks to our fans that’ve made this all possible,” said game director Todd Howard. “After four years of development, it’s not complete until our fans get to play it and make it their own. We can’t wait to hear about their adventures.”

According to the guys at Super Data, 1.87 million copies were sold via download on PC and console in the first three days. It’s unclear if that’s included in the 12 million number sited above, but it is interesting to see a big shift towards physical copies for Fallout 4, presumably because of the huge appeal of the Pip Boy Editions. So much for PC gamers all waiting for games to go on sale before purchasing; with PC gamers accounting for two-thirds of all the downloads of the game in that period, they certainly weren’t waiting for any special deals before opening up their vaults.

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Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m off to Wasteland for more wandering adventures.

Last Updated: November 16, 2015

Geoffrey Tim

Editor. I’m old, grumpy and more than just a little cynical. One day, I found myself in possession of a NES, and a copy of Super Mario Bros 3. It was that game that made me realise that games were more than just toys to idly while away time – they were capable of being masterpieces. I’m here now, looking for more of those masterpieces.

  • Pieter Kruger

    There’s just too many excellent games out and getting released right now!(Never thought those words would come out of my mouth!) I still need to pick this up before Feb 2016 as I’ve never played Fallout 3 either…..????

    • Darren Peach

      Starting out on Fallout 4 is not a bad thing. I started on Fallout 3 and then New Vegas + expansions.

  • Alien Emperor Trevor

    I’ve never seen more people on my friends list all playing the same game.

    • I see what you did there…

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        What did I do there? O_o

        • people on your friends list, not friends! #SP4Eva

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

          • oVg

            BURN!!! 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            That’s what I was doing all weekend. I have witnesses.

          • *Accomplices

          • hahahaha

    • I know what you mean, my friends list had at least 8 people playing Fallout at any given time.

    • Mossel

      Unless it’s Dota2…

  • It is an awesome game! Now I get to build my own Tower of Rince!

    • Hammersteyn

      Babylon?

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        *Babbling

        • Alien Emperor Trevor

          No one understands what he’s saying. 😀

    • oVg

      I wonder how high up you can build.

      • I will see this weekend. Now stop fucking about on PSN and get to building!

  • FiFa I can understand but CoD actually beat it in sales.

    I am at a loss for words.

    🙁

  • VampyreSquirrel

    Put a bunch (not enough) of hours into this since Saturday (Thanks again Alessandro) and I’m loving it… just resource management is a PAIN IN THE BUTT! I wanna mod weapons but can’t find everything I need… just typical 😛

    • Couple of pro tips.

      1: Whenever you pick up a weapon with cool mods remod it with standard stuff. That way you get to keep the mod for somewhere else.
      2:Cooking gives oil and Chemistry gives adesive.
      3: trade routes help a butload.

      • if you need adhesive, make carrot soup and then break it down.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Thanks man.

        • Also you can order companions to use power armour. Only figured that out 40 hours in. 😛

          I have 5 suits around my base and 3 of them are complete and customed.

          • Snowlockk

            Can strong use them too? That would be op.

          • Uhm spoilers. I have yet to even go to diamond city.

          • Snowlockk

            Sorry. I figured I was one of the furthest behind as I’m really bad at this game. Didn’t consider that others did side quests first.

          • No worries it wasn’t a major spoiler. Also the side quests and exploration are the meat and potatoes of the Fallout and Elder Scrolls series of games for many people.

          • Snowlockk

            Quick question. If a mob has a skull next to it should I avoid it? Cause killing those things is hard.

          • Kill it. Chance of unique weapon drops. Well worth it.

          • just remember to remove the power cores else people will use them when you are attacked!

          • Nope … if they can get to my power armour without getting disintegrated or filled up with lead then they deserve it. I mean REALLY deserve it. Hell I went to defend a base yesterday and wound up doing nothing cause too many damn turrets.

          • I meant invaders using them

          • Yes. And if they can get past the 12 Heavy turrets and 5 additional Laser turrets to get to my power armour in my garage with only the one entrance without dying then I believe they should be able to get into my power armour.

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Can you booby trap the power armour?

          • Well you can put mines around them…

          • hahaha fair enough. Not sure of your skill level but you can also sneak up on enemies and steal their power cores, haah

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            I can only imagine how much that must appeal to you.

          • It’s on my list of things to do to people, or a people list if you will…

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            No. No, I will not. ;P

          • Yeah I heard they will patch that out soon.

          • Darren Peach

            Pity your Dog can’t use it. Dead-meat is more appropriate.

          • Dogmeat is great for a certain play-style. If you use the lone ranger perk Dogmeat is the only companion that the perk stays active with.Also he rocks … in the middle of a bloody feral ghoul pack and he decides to rip a teddy bear apart for fun.

          • Darren Peach

            The only reason I feel morally compelled to use him is I am a dog lover. I have had a lifetime affair with Dachshunds. Hey, That would be great, Instead of running around with a Alsatian, It would be totally hilarious if you ran around with a wiener dog.

          • Already done. Go check the mods. Included in the various reskins are also various recolours.

            Hell someone already posted a Pinkie Pie skin for Dogmeat. 😛

          • Darren Peach

            Unfortunately I am on the PS4….

          • I thought PS4 can get mods. I mean I heard somewhere PS4 also can get mods or am I wrong?

          • Darren Peach

            I have no clue. Google I guess.

          • Yes but not yet. Early 2016.

          • Darren Peach

            I will definitely try it.

      • Hammersteyn

        o/

    • Bob of the Khundelar

      Seek and ye shall find. If you don’t find it, seek some more. If, after all the seeking, you still don’t find the stuff you need, take your anger out on super mutants, raiders and ghouls. They must suffer as you have 🙂

      • VampyreSquirrel

        Hahaha, I’ll come right, I haven’t played as much as some of the other people I know.

  • There is more people Fallout on steam at this moment than CSGO, so people really took time off

  • Darren Peach

    Yep.This game is cool. Anyone done that loot run in a building that locks you in ? You get locked in and do some great detective work about the goings on during the attack. You end up picking up different samples of something and eventually use it to build yourself a jacked up armour mod based on the research that was been done there. That is insane attention to detail.

  • oVg

    NO BUGS. Its is rather polished, almost thought I was playing RAGE a few times.

    • miaau

      No, some do not.

      In my twenties I played Vampires: Masquerade from Friday night to Sunday morning, with my housemate. Trouble is, we admitted later we could not sleep, cause so many hours with that game and the eerie music meant going to room, shutting door and switching off light just did not seem like fun.

      • Baby girrrllll. I got what you neeeedddd.

        • miaau

          Horror and stuff really can scare the crap out of me. My imagination is EXTREMELY active, always going and I do not dea welll with such things.

          BUT my housemate (at the time) is a HUGE fan of horror genre and he felt the same, we just had the eerie on too long to just sleep easily.

          In the horror and thriller, movies and games, I am a big girls blouse. Certainly.

          no shame in that! Dammit. Ok? Right?

          • Was actually referring to Fat Larry talking to the female version of your character in Vampire. 🙂

          • miaau

            Ah, perhaps it was too long ago for me to remember.

            Dammit. Now everyone knows I hate horror. Cause the FFD on horror, where I posted FIRST, that NO Horror Genre deserves a game remake did not already tell people that.

          • They need to remake the Chucky franchise. Because of it I could not sleep in a room with porcelain dolls in it and being Afrikaans I have plenty of distant relatives that have guest rooms filled with porcelain dolls.

            /shudder

          • miaau

            I saw on Netflix a 2013 movie called Chucky something or other. Skipped passed it, thank you very much

          • What about FNAF?. Even I refuse to play that game.

          • miaau

            I do not even know what FNAF is?

          • Five nights at Freddies.

          • miaau

            Hell no. Never. No. Not a chance.

            Tell Tales Walking Dead Episode 1 was enough, thanks. Not even going to finish it

        • miaau

          AND we did that with Broodwars as well, played multiplayer for like 35 hours, more or less straight. Mouse hand was a real danger!

      • oVg

        I mean, I see people on level 50 with bottle caps in the millions, nukes everywhere, power armour everywhere, bases built into small cities, weapons and armour that I have not seen once in my 20hour game so far.

        It only came out last week.

        http://gfycat.com/TintedGenerousGypsymoth

        • miaau

          I hear you.

          I think different people use their time differently, as they see fit. There will be sacrifices somewhere, though, and I hope they are worth it.

          BUT WOW. Holy Crap.

        • Holy crap… And you have, 3? bwahahah

    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      Dude I have been watching “lets play” vids from the binding of Isaac Rebirth. This one guy has 821 vids with 40min playing time thats around 547 hours of gameplay I have no idea where they find the time.

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        They have to be unemployed and on wellfare or patreon scum…. I just can’t see a normal guy (with a 9 to 5 or even an 7 to 3 job) being able to do that….

        • miaau

          I think we sometimes under estimate how much these “you play” people make on youtube. Perhaps they are at work.

          I worry about that for the 10 to 20 year plan, though.

          • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

            Yeah true, I think that guy gets on avg 1 million views so he is bound to make a bit of tom.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            Take Darksydephil as an example. He used to make a decent amount of dosh (though his videos, even partnering up with Machinima), but much like with many on youtube, eventually you go into decline, and then I guess you wish that you had a real job.

        • Nothing wrong with Patreon. Jim Sterling is on patreon. He has gotting slightly weirder since moving but at least his videos are entertaining.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            I don’t know hey, he was OK before he ventured off on his own. Clearly, he didn’t have to pander to any one since he was under the destructoid stable. Now he’s just such a pathetic wet sock. It’s clear he’s eager to build his brand, but in turn he’s become what he always bitched about.

            Thank god for Jim Sterling? Sadly, not any more… :/

    • Darren Peach

      Those folks earn a living through their YouTube channels.

  • Johann

    Thoroughly enjoying this game at the moment, playing on Xbox One and I can honestly say I haven’t had any of those 0fps issues between areas, that or I’m so used to playing games on a crappy pc that it’s not even bothering me.

  • Mossel
    • Darren Peach

      LOL.

  • VampyreSquirrel

    I’ve played 4.4 hours on FallOut 4… my friends (not “people” on my friends list Trevor) are between 8 and 42 hours of play… damn, I’m so far behind 😛

    • Mossel

      I feel your pain man. I think I finished Witcher 3 about 2 months after everyone else! Don’t know where people get the time.

      • I only finished Bioshock Infinite yesterday, yup my back log is 2 years behind.

        • Mossel

          xD
          I still have New Vegas on my pc…started playing it, got plagued by random crashes, stopped playing. Now I’m jamming Van Helsing…

          • I have Mirror’s Edge up next xD

          • Grand Admiral Chief SpaceNinja

            O_O

          • Dutch Matrix

            I think I am the only person on this site that thought Mirror’s Edge was a dull affair to say the least.
            I wish Ottokie all the best.

          • Darren Peach

            I would never even bother…..Parkouuur !

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            Nope, I wasn’t too excited by it either.

          • O dear…

            I have tried it before, also got bored. But that was only like 2 hours of play time, I thought I might have been a bit biased so I want to finish it.

          • Dutch Matrix

            What got me is the frequent running away you are doing. And the “Oh poop missed a step let’s fall to our death and restart again” gameplay certainly did not help either.

          • It’s gonna be like Prince of Persia… isn’t it 🙁

          • Dutch Matrix

            Never finished PoP either. What other games you got in your backlog?

          • Over a hundred… Curse you Humble Bundle!

          • Mossel

            I also didn’t like it.

          • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

            i thought it was a fun game, not very long, interesting concept

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Lol all these negative comments about Mirror’s Edge and I loved it

          • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

            Make sure you have all the patches for new vegas, there were a couple of game breaking bugs that caused a conflict in the save games. Well for console that is not sure about pc version

          • Mossel

            The random bugs I can handle. But those save games…I verified my game files, modded it with a “no crash” mod and it still happens. 70% of the time I load a game it hangs on the loading screen…over it now.

          • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

            Shit man that’s crap one, was a really fun game.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I haven’t even played Witcher 3, I’m looking at getting it as soon as I can though.

        • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

          Amazing game dude, those stupid question marks on the map get addictive. Took me over 140 hours to finish and I collected all the gwent cards!!

      • Still have not finished it. 🙂

        • Mossel

          And when I say finish, I mean finish the main quest. I still probably have like 50hours of sidequests and monster contracts left!

          • I got bored 20 odd hours in and with some issues with my GoG copy I just put it down and have not touched it again.

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      I least I called you people, that’s more than I do for most. :/

    • XD

    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      Dude I still have to buy the game so I am even further behind. Finally finished witcher now busy playing shadows of Mordor.

      • VampyreSquirrel

        I picked up the install files on Saturday morning… been playing on and off ever since.

        • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

          Dude easy solution. This coming weekend pull full on hermit. Grab booze (if you drink) snacks (you need flings) and food. Lock your door switch off your phone and jam the whole weekend.

  • Dutch Matrix

    To be honest, when I placed my order I was like: “Dutch, what are you doing? You hated Fallout 3 and Fallout NV.”

    Then I started this game. Dang. I dunno if it is me, but the combat on this game is on a whole new level for Fallout. I am so loving it.

    • miaau

      Awesme. So totally worth it.

      Did you enjoy the theatre Friday night? Or did it get in the way of your Fallout Time?

      Me: I play Mass Effect 1, on my Xbox One, Saturday MORNING, with baby awake. She ran around playing, I ran around in the game. It was awesome!!!!!!

      Certain game I cannot play in front of her, at all, but Mass effect 1, other than the Krogan and Turian faces, who she laughed at, it seems ok. Witcher 3, never.

      • Dutch Matrix

        I loved the show. Madame Zingara is on a whole different level of entertainment.
        But believe me, Saturday morning after breakfast I made a beeline home from Monte Casino.
        Yeah. Krogan faces does have a comedic quality to them, especially if seen through the eyes of a child I imagine. Can you imagine a stuffed teddy-krogan for your daughter???

        • miaau

          Indeed, yes. Stuffed Krogan. Man, I like that species. Super intelligent, just have differing view points.

          I was very careful, turned the TV off if she ran in and I thought it was “violent” or something. BUT most of he start is just walking around and talking, so that was cool. She sat next to me for about 5 minutes, leaning on me, for the start. That was pretty cool 🙂

          I am glad you enjoyed the game AND the show.

          Slept over? Hmm. sounds GREAT. Nice treat for you guys!

          I long for the day when the wife and I can take a break for a weekend (or even just a night) somewhere, leave kid with Ouma and Oupa. BUT, by then wife will want another one, so……..

    • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

      Yeah I heard they got the okes who made rage to assist with the shooter aspect of the game. I loved fallout 3 and NV but the first person shooting was not the greatest, I have been told that it feels so much better now.

      • Dutch Matrix

        It does. Though I am in need of better weapons, but modding/crafting is higher grade to this lower grade pupil of the Wasteland

        • schitsophrenic-toothbrush

          I cant wait to get the game. Just explore and look for items and bobbleheads to get your perception and agility up. VATS system is awesome. I loved the energy weapons.

  • Darren Peach

    Adhesive sucks.

    • Dutch Matrix

      No. It sticks. 😛

        • Dutch Matrix

          I am here all week!

      • Darren Peach

        The two things you are always short of…….adhesive and oil. And, Sucking can be proportional to sticking if you really think about it…

        • Dutch Matrix

          I dunno. Apply that rule to uhm… oral relations?

          • Darren Peach

            Juvenile delinquent……..made me LOL.

  • Darren Peach

    Top Tip. You can use your power armour to explore underwater !

  • 40 Insane Frogs

    Let me start this mini-rant with “I’m enjoying it so far… but this is a game that also annoys me..”

    a) I am finding the game a little soulless in its portrayal of a post-apocalyptic world and the interactions between my character and NPCs. If I compare it to the recent Mad Max game, I honestly think that Mad Max captured a world “gone off the rails” better than Fallout 4.

    b) Bethesda tends to get a free pass on delivering buggy games. My character’s left arm remains stuck under his body armour. I’ve tried everything possible to free his arm, but it always goes underneath his chest armour.

    c) I’m enjoying the settlement building more than killing the same raiders and super mutants over and over.. and over again.

    d) The world is Skyrim version 2 (with a few rusted cars thrown in) – and I honestly can’t see why this wasn’t released last gen.

    e) I would join the brotherhood of steel in real life!

    f) The 50s music is amazing! One song in particular is stuck in my head “Grandma plays the numbers)

    Overall, it’s a pity I’m not reviewing this game, because it would barely get a 7 from me…. You can’t ignore the obvious flaws and while the game is decent with its xbox 360/PS3 graphics…. the terribly lame story, the frequent fetch & “kill that” missions, flaws, bugs, glitches, etc. stand out like a sore thumb.

    • Darren Peach

      Is the arm thing just a glitch or does it affect your stats ?

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        It doesn’t seem to affect my aiming… so it’s purely bugging me on aesthetics.

        • Darren Peach

          Yeah, Dogmeat tends to get in my way all the time. And I have had serious slow down on rare occasions but I put that down to playing COD and then jumping straight into Fallout 4. There is frame lag but it has been minimal. I agree, the game lacks polish. But I tend to ignore it given the fact that I have 400 hours of gameplay to look forward to. Value for money.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            Dogmeat loves to block me in door ways, and then I have to jump over him… sigh!

          • Snowlockk

            Yep I find that happens alot. Have to jump over them or move away until they move from the way.

          • Darren Peach

            I also shoot and nade him all the time.

          • 40 Insane Frogs

            And he never learns… :/

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      It’s still in the honeymoon period, so everyone’s excited & it’s best game of the year ever.

      Wait a month or two and the real opinions will emerge – like with MGSV.

    • Counter arguments.

      a) Mad max was all sand and crazy people. Water was the main issue there so things are different to a nuclear apocalypse. Also Australia.

      b)Have not found many bugs yet but I agree

      c)That is choice in game-play and is rather satisfying since most open world games don’t give it to you.They stick to the Main quest side quest thing.

      d) The sheer amount of scripted events and building the world by hand. Skyrim had a design around empty space. Fallout has a design in filling that up with as much as possible. However the boarded up houses annoy me.

      e) Minute man for life!

      f) Crawl out though the fallout is my personal stuck in head song atm. 😛

      Too many people get hyped for games that won’t really play as it is not their type of game. So far I have enjoyed every second of it and is one of the few games in recent years that made me lose track of times.

      As for the graphics. There are literally hundreds of mods that already make it shine.

      • Darren Peach

        Also Australia…… LOL. Made my day.

    • miaau

      BUT: Are you, on the whole, enjoying your time with it? That, for me, is the important metric. Is it, in this time and place, fun for you? OR do the bugs and annoyances detract too much?

      Seems to be, for now, you are enjoying it. I must admit to being a little glad I did not buy it, not just because my cheque account looks like someone bought crap loads of Christmat gifts. I will wait.

      • 40 Insane Frogs

        I am (for now), but if the wheels come off any more, I might become quite insufferable lol.

  • Ghost In The Rift

    I cant play my copy, installed it, updated all my drivers, the one day patch(1.1.3 something) and get a black screen after the menu on windows 7, on windows 10 it crashes at the please stand by screen,tried every fix online, so i’m thinking refund.

    • Darren Peach

      That sucks. I would be refund inclined as well.

    • VampyreSquirrel

      What are your pc specs?

      • Ghost In The Rift

        i5 3.3Ghz, 8GB Ram, GTX 740 2GB DDR5, which should not be an issue as i play The Witcher 3 at 1080p on medium and get about 35FPS, even from day 1 release.

        • VampyreSquirrel

          It’s probably your graphics card that isn’t directly supported by the game. I’m not too sure though.

          • Ghost In The Rift

            Nah doubt it as guys with 970’s and 80’s have the exact same problem as me, and i have never had such a problem before, even MGS5 runs flawlessly on my system and my Graphics card is always listed with the new driver updates.

          • VampyreSquirrel

            Granted. It’s strange that it does that. I’m using a 970 with the original drivers I got with the card (last week) and the game runs flawlessly.

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