Fallout Franchise Experiences Revival Fueled by TV Series and Discounts

The Fallout series is experiencing a resurgence in its player base thanks to the popularity of the new TV series, combined with the fact that all Fallout games are currently on sale at discounted prices

by Sededin Dedovic
Fallout Franchise Experiences Revival Fueled by TV Series and Discounts
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The Fallout franchise is experiencing a resurgence in its player base, fueled by the popularity of the recently released TV series and the matching sales of all Fallout titles. Most Fallout games on Steam have seen their concurrent players quadruple in the past few days.

The leading factor is Fallout 4, according to SteamDB, a platform that tracks player count and historical prices. The Bethesda Game Studios title saw an increase in concurrent players, peaking at over 83,000. While this number falls short of the game's record of 472,000 concurrent players set on Steam nine years ago, it is a significant jump compared to the previous average of 18,000 to 20,000 players over the past few years.

Fallout 76, the only multiplayer entry in the franchise, also saw an increase, peaking at nearly 40,000 players on Steam, up from around 10,000 last week. Even older titles like the 2008 Fallout 3 GOTY Edition and the core Fallout 3 have enjoyed renewed interest, with player numbers jumping from around 1,000 to over 7,000 for both titles combined.

Fallout: New Vegas followed suit, peaking at close to 20,000 players. The classic entries, Fallout and Fallout 2, are not far behind. The original peaked at over 2,000, while Fallout 2 reached just over 1,000 concurrent players.

Even the mobile title, Fallout Shelter, benefited, reaching nearly 6,000 players at its peak. To celebrate the launch of the well-received TV series, all Fallout games and related DLC are currently discounted across all platforms.

These sales likely contributed to a potential boost on both PlayStation and Xbox consoles, especially Xbox, where current consoles can run all Bethesda-era Fallout titles at a smooth 60 FPS with enhanced resolutions. The revival does not stop there.

Bethesda will deliver its first Fallout 4 update in years later this month. Console gamers can expect the game to be optimized for PS5 and Xbox Series X/S, allowing for higher resolutions and frame rates. PC gamers will get official support for ultrawide resolutions along with a package of bug fixes.