Since its launch in November 2015, Fallout 4 has become a more successful title for the company than The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim according to Bethesda Marketing Executive Pete Hines.
In an interview on Kinda Funny Gamescast, Hines had high praise for the company’s newest installment in the Wasteland wanderer franchise.
“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.”
From Skyrim’s launch to 2014, the game sold more than twenty million copies. Fallout 4 sold twelve million copies on day-one. Bethesda has not provided definitive sales numbers for either game to date, but Hines’ statement is an impressive one if taken at face value. It’s just a little unclear what statistics he used at the time.
Earlier in the interview, Hines was asked why Fallout 4 may not have resonated with gamers as strongly as Fallout 3 did. To that, he explained that the series couldn’t have as much of an effect on players unless they were playing a Fallout game for the first time.
“When you do another one, well it’s not the first one again, there’s gonna be some commonalities. Like, you can’t just react to VATS in Fallout 4 the way that you did in Fallout 3, because in Fallout 3 you saw it for the very first time. You’re like, ‘shit this is a really cool, interesting way to kind of bring targeting different body parts to a first-person shooter but in a way I understand’ […] Well how is that supposed to have the same impact in Fallout 4?
Hines went on to compare this effect to the Uncharted series.
“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 because Uncharted 4 is more of 1, 2, and 3.”
Lastly, Hines was asked about how the next game in the Fallout franchise might be different from previous installments.
“Whether it’s Fallout or Elder Scrolls, or whatever it is they’re gonna do next, I think their mantra is always ‘we really gotta step up our game.'”
If you haven’t heard yet, a set of professional posters has gone on sale featuring concept art from Fallout 4.