Fallout Games See A Massive Player Boost After Show’s Release

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Amazon Prime Video’s Fallout TV show has re-ignited fans’ interest in the series, with player-numbers for Fallout 4, Fallout 76, and even Fallout: New Vegas showing a massive increase since the series premiered on April 10.

Industry analyst Mat Piscatella shared the game stats on Twitter, showing how multiple Fallout games had shot up in Steam’s daily active user rankings between April 7 and April 14–before and after the show aired. Fallout 4 moved up from 63rd to fourth, Fallout 76 moved from 54th to seventh, and even Fallout: New Vegas was up there, from 83rd to 10th place.

The raw numbers on Steam Charts show Fallout 4 peaked around 83,000 concurrent players over the weekend, where previous monthly peaks would only be around 25,000 players. Fallout 76 peaked around 39,500 players, more than double its average monthly peak, and even 2010’s Fallout: New Vegas saw 20,000 players online at once over the weekend.

The numbers seem to be following a similar trend on consoles, with True Achievements’ weekly Xbox games chart showing Fallout 4 at 17th place, after dropping out of the tracked top 40 altogether, while Fallout 76 moved up to 19th place from 40th.

Bethesda’s Fallout series has been relatively quiet since Fallout 76 released in 2018, though Fallout 4, the last mainline entry in the series, has seen enduring popularity with fans. Fallout 4’s major next-gen update, which was delayed from 2022, is finally coming out across PC and consoles on April 25, which will likely see another boost in popularity for the nine-year-old game.

Bethesda is planning to make Fallout 5, though Bethesda hasn’t revealed many details about the upcoming game yet. Todd Howard did reveal recently that he vetoed some plot elements from the TV show, because they were too close to what Bethesda is working on with Fallout 5. Despite the long break since the series’ last major release, Fallout 5 isn’t expected to release any time soon, as it will follow The Elder Scrolls VI.