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Fallout 4 shipped 12 million copies in one day, shattering Skyrim’s sales

by Eric Frederiksen | November 14, 2015

Fallout 4 is huge, in every sense of the word – including at the cash register.

Bethesda has announced that the game has shipped 12 million copies worldwide, “representing sales in excess of $750 million.” Bethesda says that the game is showing “record sales” at both physical stores and digital marketplaces.

Let’s step back for a second and look at how they phrased things there. They’ve shipped – not necessarily sold – 12 million copies, and once those 12 million copies sell, that will translate to $750 million in sales. It’s not difficult to find a copy of Fallout 4 right now, so not all 12 million of those copies have sold, but we haven’t hit Black Friday yet, either. Bethesda said that retailers have reported that launch day sales were the largest of any game released this year and that they are already shipping copies to meet demand.

The announcement said also that “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.” The Pip-Boy edition of the game, Bethesda said, was the fastest-selling collector’s edition for any game in history “at leading retailers.”

Comparatively, their most recent game, Skyrim, released in November 2011, shipped 7 million copies in 48 hours and had sold 20 million copies up through January 2014, suggesting that Fallout 4 should have no problem shattering its record.

If you’re the owner of one of those 12 million copies, check out our starter guide. If you’re on the fence, check out or review and gameplay footage to help you make a decision. Fallout 4 is available now on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

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Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...


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