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Bethesda Hits the $300 Million Jackpot in Vegas

Fallout: New Vegas Ships 5 Million copies and stores are already placing orders for more. Physical and digital sales combined are over $300 million.

Today Bethesda Softworks announced something unsurprising: New Vegas, the latest release in the Fallout series sold a lot of copies. Combined numbers of the Xbox 360, PS3, and PC versions shipped-to-date is recorded at 5 million. You can write off those numbers as 'shipped' versus sold, but Bethesda has already received numerous requests for new shipments from their retail partners.

Bethesda also claims to have already raked in $300 million from New Vegas sales from both physical sales and digital downloads. At this rate, New Vegas is set to surpass Fallout 3 sales.

Press Release

Bethesda Softworks Announces Successful Launch of Fallout®: new vegasTM

Five Million Launch Units to Meet Worldwide Demand

November 8, 2010 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media company, announced today that its highly anticipated title, Fallout®: New VegasTM, has enjoyed record sales at launch, reflecting the huge consumer demand for the game. Five million units of Fallout: New Vegas were shipped worldwide for the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and Games for Windows®, with a heavy volume of digital downloads, representing well over $300 million in retail sales. In addition, the Fallout: New Vegas strategy guide was one of Amazon’s best sellers among all books.

“We are delighted by the reception Fallout: New Vegas has received from fans around the world,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks.” Despite the large launch quantities for this title, we have already received substantial re-orders from our retail partners, underscoring the tremendous popularity of this highly entertaining game. We believe Fallout: New Vegas will be the “must buy” title for gamers throughout the holiday season.”

Reviews of Fallout: New Vegas have called the game as “an utterly essential purchase” (MSN UK) and as “addictively, rambunctiously fun” (Entertainment Weekly). The Associated Press awarded it a 4 out of 4 stars and said “Bottom Line: It’s a Blast”, while GameSpy gave it 4.5 out of 5 stars and called Fallout: New Vegas “one of the best games of the year.”

Fallout: New Vegas, the follow-up to Fallout 3 – the 2008 Game of the Year – brings this beloved franchise to a location only Fallout could do justice: Vegas. Fallout: New Vegas takes all the action, humor and post-apocalyptic grime and grit of this legendary series, and raises the stakes. Fallout®: New Vegas, developed at Obsidian Entertainment, has been rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Fallout: New Vegas, visit

About Bethesda Softworks

Bethesda Softworks, part of the ZeniMax Media Inc. family of companies, is a premier developer and worldwide publisher of interactive entertainment software. Titles from two of the world’s top development studios – Bethesda Game Studios and id Software – are featured under the Bethesda Softworks label and include such blockbuster franchises as DOOM®, QUAKE®, The Elder Scrolls®, Fallout®, Wolfenstein™ and RAGE™. For more information on Bethesda Softworks’ products, visit

Fallout and Fallout: New Vegas are trademarks or registered trademarks of Bethesda Softworks LLC in the U.S. and/or other countries. All Rights Reserved.

About Obsidian Entertainment

Obsidian Entertainment is an entertainment software development company passionately dedicated to making high quality, next generation games for Windows PC and console systems. Obsidian was founded in 2003 by five game development veterans who've produced, programmed, and/or designed award-winning role playing games for a variety of platforms over the last 15 years. The five founders are: Feargus Urquhart, Chris Parker, Darren Monahan, Chris Avellone and Chris Jones. Many of Obsidian's talented employees have worked on award winning products for organizations such as Black Isle Studios, Blizzard Entertainment, Electronic Arts, Neversoft, and others. Obsidian Entertainment's Web site is located at



Our Take

Nate Hascup Staff Alumnus

11/08/2010 at 04:29 PM

I can hear the sound of Scrooge McDuck swimming in a bin full of money.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

11/08/2010 at 04:50 PM

I love the "abstract" line of the press release for this:

"Bethesda Softworks Announces Successful Launch of Fallout®: new vegasTM "

I know they raked in millions and millions of dollars, but it got me thinking, what are the ways a launch can be unsuccessful?

Is it when it sells less than about 500 copies, a la Spyborgs, sure, but I don't even mean sales-wise. What could (or has) ruin(ed) the success of a game's launch?

Nate Hascup Staff Alumnus

11/08/2010 at 06:29 PM

Bugs. But that didn't stop New Vegas considering the word on the street is that it has an awful lot of them. I know that the first Aliens Vs. Predators game on PC released without a save feature. The backlash forced them to add one in a patch.

Jason Ross Senior Editor

11/08/2010 at 06:33 PM

How about burglaries? That can foil a launch. People stealing hundreds of copies of the game.

Nate Hascup Staff Alumnus

11/08/2010 at 06:49 PM

Like Black Ops? You wanna cover that story or do you want me to do it tonight after work?

Joaquim Mira Media Manager

11/09/2010 at 12:07 AM

Great. Maybe now they can start developing a new, better game engine.

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Press Release

Bethesda Softworks Announces Successful Launch of Fallout®: new vegasTM

Five Million Launch Units to Meet Worldwide Demand

November 8, 2010 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®,...