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'Fallout 4' Nuke-Sized Expectations: Will Sales Match The Hype?

'Fallout 4' Nuke-Sized Expectations: Will Sales Match The Hype?

"Fallout," the post-apocalyptic RPG series, has one of the most fervent and dedicated fan bases in the realm of gaming. It comes to no surprise that as soon as Bethesda on Tuesday released a link with a simple countdown with "Fallout"-like stylings, the Twitterverse was set ablaze as "Fallout 4" was the most trending topic.

What came from the countdown was a tense three-minute trailer, as the full reveal will be premiered at Bethesda’s E3 Showcase June 14 at 7 p.m. PST.

According to the trailer, the game will be available on Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ: MSFT)'s Xbox One, Sony Corp (ADR) (NYSE: SNE)'s PlayStation and PCs.

When Bethesda announced its first-ever E3 conference in February, gamers were salivating at the potential "Fallout" 4 reveal. Although the hype has snowballed over the past few days, there are many fans that are divided on whether the new title will be able to live up to the legacy of its past games.

"Fallout 3," according to creator Bethesda Softworks, sold 4.7 million units and earned more than $300 million worldwide in its first week of availability in October 2008. These “record sales” were continued with the next release in the franchise, "Fallout: New Vegas."

"New Vegas" continued the series' success in spite of lofty expectations set by its predecessors and initial technical issues with bugs, earning “well over $300 million in retail sales.” Problems like these are the double-edged sword that come with an immersive gaming experience and vast fan base.

Whether or not the hype will translate to nuke-like numbers remains to be seen. The upcoming E3 event should give a better look at whether this title can deliver to the RPG genre that "Fallout" has been a powerhouse in for years.


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