Bethesda’s Fallout 76 is hitting a new milestone in total player count few would have guessed possible after the game’s disastrous launch.
Fallout 76, Bethesda’s multiplayer survival spin on its much-loved post-apocalyptic IP, has surpassed 13.5 million total players. After years of fervently reclaiming the credibility lost by an abysmal initial reception, Fallout 76 has reached a good point, with steady growth, well-received content patches, and refined content quality that many now consider worthy Fallout pedigree.
Released in October 2018, Fallout 76 was Bethesda’s vision of players surviving side by side in an irradiated West Virginia. At launch, this vision was mired in game-breaking bugs, a general lack of meaningful objectives, questionable design decisions, and the controversial absence of human NPCs. Facing mediocre reviews, lots of them Fallout Fans predicted the game was doomed, but Bethesda responded with tweaks, redesigns, bug fixes, and new things to do via Fallout 76’s content patches.
Bethesda released its year-end report Fallout 76, with an updated figure of 13.5 million total players. This shows an increase of half a million Fallout 76 players since his last exhibition in October. While the total number of players often belies the number of concurrent players (Steam charts report an average of 7,000 concurrent Fallout 76 Players PC during 2022), the numbers are encouraging for Bethesda. What could have been yet another story of a game dying a quick death, its servers unexpectedly crashed during its prime, Fallout 76 it has now become something of a cult classic.
With the advent of early access and live service model games, there have been several cases similar to Fallout 76‘small, where developers over-promised and under-delivered, then had to dig themselves out of a hole to get their games back in players’ good graces. Perhaps the most famous case was Hello Game’s No Man’s Sky, which was missing many promised features at launch. The resulting effort to fix their game is a shining example of developers fixing their mistakes. Other cases include Final Fantasy 14 full breakdown and repair, Diablo 3 massive design shift from predatory real money auction house and Destiny reworking the gear system and injecting content after what many saw as a bare-bones release.
Fallout 76 has a passionate fan base and Bethesda has shown no signs of slowing down its support for the game. For those who were turned off by the initial reviews in 2018, now is a good time to dive in and find out how Fallout 76 has reached the milestone of 13.5 million total players.
Fallout 76 is now available on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S.
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