Fallout 76 Breaks Steam Player Records Following Fallout TV Show’s Success

April 15, 2024

The Impact of Prime Video’s Fallout Series on Gaming

Prime Video’s Fallout TV series has had a significant impact on the gaming landscape, particularly on the long-running Fallout franchise. Steam data tracker SteamDB has reported a substantial increase in concurrent players across Bethesda’s Fallout games on the platform. Notably, Fallout 76, despite its release in April 2020, has achieved a new peak concurrent players record on Steam, reaching 39,455 players.

Even older titles like Fallout New Vegas and Fallout 2 have seen a resurgence in player numbers, albeit to a lesser extent. Fallout 2 reached a new peak of 1,062 concurrent players, while the original Fallout surpassed 2,300 concurrent players on the same day.

While Steam provides public data on concurrent players, equivalent statistics for console and other PC platforms are not readily available. However, it’s reasonable to assume that the Fallout franchise is experiencing increased engagement across all platforms, fueled by the success of the Fallout TV show.

This surge in interest has translated into revenue on Steam, with Fallout 4 currently leading the sales charts, followed by Fallout 76 and Fallout New Vegas. Fallout 3: Game of the Year Edition has also seen a notable rise in its chart position.

Social media platforms are flooded with anecdotes from users who, inspired by the Fallout TV show, are revisiting or purchasing Fallout games to delve deeper into the post-apocalyptic universe.

Bethesda has capitalized on this renewed interest by offering promotions and sales across the Fallout series. Additionally, they’ve announced a release date for the highly anticipated next-gen update for Fallout 4. However, this announcement has affected the development timeline of Fallout London, a DLC-sized mod.

While Bethesda has confirmed Fallout 5 in its long-term plans, fans shouldn’t expect its release for several years, especially considering The Elder Scrolls 6 is next in line after Starfield, slated for release no earlier than 2028.”

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