Bethesda has named Fallout 4 as the publisher’s most successful videogame to date, surpassing previous record holder, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.
Speaking on the Kinda Funny Gamecast, Pete Hines, Bethesda’s marketing chief, "Fallout 4 has gotta be the most successful game we’ve ever launched in our company’s history. More than Skyrim, in terms of what we did."
While Hines didn’t clarify what he meant by ‘most successful,’ he did address criticism that Fallout 4 did little to differentiate from its predecessors, stating that it’s largely the nature of sequels. He used the Uncharted series as an example:
"If you played Uncharted 4 and that was your first game, I think you have a very different reaction to what that game is than if, like me, you played 1, 2, and 3," he explained. "Because Uncharted 4 is more of 1, 2, and 3."
What’s next for Bethesda? Hines teased: "Whether it’s Fallout or Elder Scrolls or whatever they’re gonna do next, I think their mantra is always we really gotta step up our game.”
The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released in fall 2011 on PlayStation 3, PC, and Xbox 360, and went on to sell over 20 million copies worldwide as of 2014. Last year, the critically acclaimed fantasy-RPG was remastered for current-generation consoles in the shape of Skyrim Special Edition.
Fallout 4 launched in November 2015 and managed to ship 12 million copies during its first 24 hours on sale. However, Bethesda has yet to confirm how many copies the game has sold globally, although presumably we’re talking some impressive figures given Hines’ statement above. The game received numerous DLC support throughout 2016, including Far Harbor and Automatron.