Fallout 4 triples New Vegas’ first-week UK sales; bottle cap avalanche buries Bethesda

Fallout 4

Imagine a pile of bottle caps so tall and wide that the physics middleware caves in and causes your PC to crash. That’s roughly how well Fallout 4 has done in its launch week – bettering arguable series highpoint New Vegas by 213%.

Fallout 4 has enjoyed the third biggest release of the year so far. That puts Bethesda behind only FIFA 16 and Black Ops III, and in front of the games which set the bar for open-world simulation in 2015: The Witcher 3 and The Phantom Pain.

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The figures include PS4 and Xbox One sales as well as PC, but Bethesda seem to be doing particularly well on our game machine of choice. 472,962 were playing on Steam at its peak today, putting Fallout 4 ahead of TF2 as the third most-played game on the platform.

Fallout 4’s launch week is the biggest ever for the series, according toChart-Track. We don’t know the exact numbers, but Bethesda said last week that it had shipped 12 million copies to shops, and expected $720 million in revenue. To mimic those riches, you can always exploit the Fallout 4 money glitch that’s gripped the Boston wasteland.

All of this is going to be really annoying for our Fraser, who reckons thatFallout 4’s story fails where New Vegas’ doesn’t.

You have to imagine Fallout 4 will keep selling, too, as the Fallout 4 mods scene powers up – and later when Bethesda’s extensive DLC plans come to fruition. Are some of Bethesda’s piled bottle caps yours?