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Fallout 3 ships 4.7 million units

By on November 6, 2008

Fallout 3 Cover
This blog is frequently a cheerleader for the new model of gaming: browser-based, distributed on the web, living in the cloud, monetized by advertising, subscriptions and micro-payments.

But sometimes it’s worth shouting about the old school of games, particularly when they are being phenomenally successful.

The particular game I am referring to is Fallout 3. Fallout 3 has shipped 4.7 million units in its first week of sales. OK, so that’s on 3 platforms (PC, Xbox 360, PS3), but it’s still phenomenally good going.

Fallout is an iconic brand, acquired and revitalised by Bethesda Softworks, the publishers of Morrowind and Oblivion. These sell-in numbers, estimated to represent $300 million of sales, justify Providence Equity Partner’s faith in Bethesda (faith that led them to invest $300 million into parent company ZeniMaxx Media last year.)

So massive congratulations to the team at Bethesda.

My only frustration is that my ageing PC will barely have the horsepower to play it.

About Nicholas Lovell

Nicholas is the founder of Gamesbrief, a blog dedicated to the business of games. It aims to be informative, authoritative and above all helpful to developers grappling with business strategy. He is the author of a growing list of books about making money in the games industry and other digital media, including How to Publish a Game and Design Rules for Free-to-Play Games, and Penguin-published title The Curve: