Voilà une nouvelle qui devrait garantir un avenir radieux aux fans de Fallout. Sans grande surprise, et malgré les critiques et regrets qu’on peut avoir sur certains aspects du gameplay, Fallout 4 s’avère avoir un succès aussi important que rapide. En effet selon les statistiques du site Steamspy Fallout 4 aurait déjà atteint sur PC le cap des 2.7 millions de ventes, et devrait donc bientôt franchir la barre des 3 millions d’exemplaires. Ce qui en deux mois est un très joli score pour un jeu vidéo et amènerait celui-ci en seconde position du top des jeux PC de 2015 (voir cet article sur Eurogamer). D’autant plus que ces chiffres ne prennent pas en compte les ventes sur consoles…

A titre indicatif, sachez que, toujours selon les estimations de Steamspy, la première journée la version PC se serait vendue à pas moins de 1.2 millions d’exemplaires (estimation incluant probablement les précommandes). C’est dire si il était attendu.

Fallout 4 semble donc faire pour son lancement beaucoup mieux que son prédécesseur. En effet selon un communiqué de Bethesda en novembre dernier, le lancement de Fallout 4 aurait représenté 12 millions d’exemplaires. Par comparaison lors de son lancement Fallout 3 ne représentait a priori que 4.7 millions, et il aurait avec le temps fini par dépasser le seuil des 12 millions d’exemplaires vendus. Tout comme Fallout New Vegas, qui au final doit se trouver juste un petit peu en dessous de ce score.

Quoiqu’il en soit de ces chiffres, du coté de Bethesda c’est toujours le silence radio. Le studio a promis qu’il y aurait des mises à jour régulières, certaines petites et rapides, d’autres plus conséquentes, qui accompagneront probablement les futurs DLC prévus pour 2016. Pour l’instant il n’y a eu qu’une mise à jour notable (le patch 1.2, voir ce changelog), corrigeant quelques premiers soucis d’optimisations. Nul doute que les développeurs sont occupés à préparer le GECK et de futurs patchs. Vu l’importance des mods qui déferlent déjà alors que les outils officiels ne sont pas encore disponibles, et vu la nouvelle fonctionnalité qui devrait permettre de rendre compatible une bonne partie de ces mods pour les versions PC et consoles, Bethesda est certainement bien occupé à préparer la suite des événements. Patience, si le studio parvient à tenir les délais annoncés l’automne dernier, on devrait en savoir plus d’ici quelques semaines.

 

Annonce

November 13, 2015 (London, UK) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax® Media company, today announced that its award-winning game, Fallout® 4 , is generating record sales at retail outlets and via digital download for Xbox One, PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment system and PC.

Bethesda launched with approximately 12 million units worldwide to meet day one demand, representing sales in excess of $750 million. The collector’s edition, the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy™ Edition , sold out within hours of its announced availability.

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. In addition, the Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Edition was the fastest-selling collector’s edition of any game in history at leading retailers. Following the release, Bethesda was advised that launch day sales at some of the leading retail chains were the largest of any game released this year. Bethesda is now shipping more Fallout 4 units to retailers to meet ongoing market demand.

Digital sales of Fallout 4 are also breaking records. On Steam, Fallout 4 became the number one game played, surpassing the previous record for concurrent play with over 470,000 Fallout players. The companion app, Fallout Pip-Boy , became the number one game on the iTunes App Store. Fallout 4 also set the record as the most viewed game launch of all 2015 games, according to Twitch.

“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 Vlatko Andonov, President of Bethesda Softworks. “ 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.”

Fallout 4 has earned critical acclaim since its announcement in June 2015, winning over 160 awards at the 2015 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) including the coveted Game Critics Award for ‘ Best of Show’, a selection voted on by an independent group of journalists from 39 leading media outlets that cover the videogame industry.

Following its release across the globe, this eagerly-awaited title has garnered additional raves from some of the industry’s most influential and respected critics. Reviewers have noted for particular praise the game’s storytelling, its vast, detailed world, crafting systems, exploration, meaningful player choices, shooting mechanics, hours of gameplay, and most importantly, total freedom of action.

“A huge thanks to our fans that’ve made this all possible,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Fallout 4 . “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.”

Fallout 4 reaffirms the elite status of Bethesda Game Studios as among the finest development teams in the industry. Each of the last three games developed by Bethesda Games Studios were consensus ‘Game of the Year’ winners and rank with the highest-scoring titles in the industry. Fallout 4 is the follow up to the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’, Fallout® 3, and the first title from Bethesda Game Studios since the release of their global phenomenon and 2011 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®.

In Fallout 4 you play the sole survivor of Vault 111 and enter a world destroyed by nuclear war. Every second is a fight for survival, and every choice is yours. Only you can rebuild and determine the fate of the New England Wasteland. Welcome home.

For more information, visit: www.Fallout4.com .

About ZeniMax Media Inc.

ZeniMax Media is a privately owned media organization headquartered outside Washington DC with international publishing offices in London, Paris, Frankfurt, Eindhoven, Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Sydney. Through its subsidiaries, ZeniMax Media creates and publishes original interactive entertainment content for consoles, the PC, and handheld/wireless devices.  ZeniMax Media divisions include Bethesda Softworks, Bethesda Game Studios, id Software, Arkane Studios, Tango Gameworks, MachineGames, Battlecry Studios, ZeniMax Online Studios, ZeniMax Europe Ltd., ZeniMax Asia K.K., ZeniMax Asia Pacific Limited, and ZeniMax Australia Pty Ltd. For more information on ZeniMax Media, visit  www.zenimax.com .

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles featured under the Bethesda label include such blockbuster franchises as The Elder Scrolls®, DOOM®, QUAKE®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein®, Dishonored®, The Evil Within™, and RAGE®.  For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit www.bethsoft.com .

About Bethesda Game Studios

Bethesda Game Studios is the award-winning development studio known around the world for its groundbreaking work on The Elder Scrolls series and the Fallout series. Creators of the 2006 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, the 2008 ‘Game of the Year’, Fallout® 3, and most recently the 2011 ‘Game of the Year’, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim®, Bethesda Game Studios has earned its reputation as one of the industry’s most respected and accomplished game development studios. For more information on Bethesda Game Studios, visit bgs.bethsoft.com.

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