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Fallout 76, Widely Panned on Release, Sees Surge After Successful Premiere of Fallout TV Show


Following the widely positive reception of its show adaptation, the Fallout series has undergone quite a remarkable resurgence, with increased player counts across every game in the franchise.

Fallout Series Experiences a Resurgence After Show Debut

While Fallout 76 Maintains an Overall Low Metascore Rating, It Continues to Generate Interest


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A roster of games in the Fallout franchise saw a remarkable spike in player count over the past few days. Fallout 76 reached an all-time concurrent player (CCU) peak on Steam, marking a significant milestone nearly six years after its divisive, poorly-received release.

According to data from Steam Charts and SteamDB, the game reached its highest-ever CCU count of over 39,000 during the last couple of days in April. Moreover, other titles such as Fallout 3, Fallout 4, and Fallout: New Vegas all saw boosts in CCU numbers.

Fallout 3, released in 2008, experienced a surge from an average of 500 to 3,600 players, while Fallout 4 reached over 53,000 CCU. Similarly, Fallout: New Vegas, developed by Obsidian Entertainment and released in 2010, saw its CCU count rise from an average of 3,500 to over 11,000 players.

The resurgence in player interest can be attributed to Amazon's Fallout TV show, which premiered on Prime Video on April 10. Since the show's debut, every game in the series experienced heightened popularity. Fallout 76, in particular, benefited the most. Despite the surge in player count, Fallout 76 continues to face criticism for its various shortcomings, including optimization issues, game mechanics, and the perceived emptiness in its open world.

User reviews on platforms like Metacritic reflect persisting concerns, with some players expressing disappointment over aspects of the game's design and execution. "As a true fan [of] the series it ain't the best but for what you get the plus side is the custom worlds with your friends," one comment read.

Nevertheless, the Fallout TV show adaptation has been well-received, garnering praise for its original story and faithful representation of the game series. As announced by the Fallout team over the weekend on Twitter (X), the show was #1 on Amazon Prime.

Fallout Announces Sales, Free Play, and New Questline

Off the back of the successful premiere, Fallout announced a franchise-wide sale, with Fallout 76 currently offering a free trial. The game's free play week lasts from April 11 to April 18. Additionally, a highly anticipated current-gen update for Fallout 4 is slated to arrive on April 25 for Xbox Series X/S, PC, and PS5 players.

Fallout mobile players are also in for a treat, as Fallout announced that an all-new questline has been added to Fallout Shelter. "Based on @falloutonprime, this questline takes you through some of the show's locations as you unlock iconic characters and items. Download the update now! (Mobile only),"

Apart from the new questline, the Fallout Shelter: Power Struggle update adds 8 new quests, as well as new locations and 6 unlockable vault dwellers, including Lucy and The Ghoul. Players can also claim a Vault 33 jumpsuit just by playing between April 9 and May 7.

Fallout franchise sees player count resurgence across all games thanks to sales, promotions, and an excellent TV series
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