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Fallout 4 Sold More Digitally Than Retail On Day One According To Todd Howard

by Dean James


Fallout 4 launched back in November to near universal critical acclaim for Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC. The game sold incredibly well right out of the gates and still continues to today, but Bethesda’s Todd Howard has now revealed some very interesting information about the initial sales.

The D.I.C.E. Awards were a big night for Fallout 4 last week as the game took home Game of the Year honors, of which Howard accepted on stage. Before the actual awards show however, many in the gaming industry sat down with various outlets for interviews, which is what Howard did.

In an interview with Game Informer, Howard talked all about Fallout 4 and its future with mods and DLC. At one point they asked Howard to take them through the game’s launch, where he revealed the following:

“It was pretty amazing in retrospect. I think you lose a little perspective when making games, and you’re happy that it got done. You hope that when it comes out, it’s really good, and sells like crazy. That’s what’s in your head. One of the things that is amazing: Fallout 4 sold more day one digitally than at retail. That’s a big change.”

This may seems shocking that digital would actually sell better than physical at launch, but with pre-loading becoming so common these days, players can now buy digitally and still access the game at 12:01 am when it releases.

Technically this would put you ahead of even those who are buying it in retail, as they have to go to the store and buy it and then install the disc. It makes you wonder if the retail sales for the game were higher as time went on for this reason, as the time difference wouldn’t matter anymore.

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