Fallout 3 shipped 4.7 million copies worldwide in launch week

Fallout 3 on PCIt’s official: Fallout 3 has been a phenomenal hit for developer Bethesda, who has announced that the game enjoyed record sales as they shipped approximately 4.7 million units of the game to stores worldwide. With retail sales in excess of $300 million dollars for the Xbox 360, PS3 and PC versions. Ka-ching!

And here are the obligatory interesting Fallout 3 facts, some even sales related!

* Fallout 3 released in North America on October 28 where it was sold at over 2,000 midnight store openings nationwide.
* Quickly after it’s release, the game became one of the industry’s top sellers around the world for the year.
* In the UK, the game wasn’t released until Friday, October 31st where it’s rapid sales led to Fallout 3 being ranked #1 among all video games in terms of sales, as well as being the #1 game on each of it’s three platforms.
* Fallout 3 was hailed as one of the most anticipated games of 2008.
* Critically acclaimed, the game received top scores, including perfect scores of 10 out of 10, from several media sources including: Official Xbox Magazine, Gamespy, GamePro, UGO, the Associated Press, MSN, The Washington Post, Guardian, FHM, Scripps Howard, G4-TV, The Toronto Star and Eurogamer
* Fallout 3 was an extremely successful follow-up to their last game, 2006’s “Game of the Year” hit The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which remains one of the highest scoring games ever published and earned many “Game of the Year” awards that year.
* Fallout 3 has been featured on over 100 magazine covers across the world and is available in eight languages.
* Fallout 3 shipped with a regular edition as well as a Fallout 3 – Limited Collector’s Edition.
* Fallout 3’s Official Game Guide also saw strong sales for both the regular and collector’s edition.
* Fallout 3 has yet to be released in Japan, where it hits stores on December 4th in censored form.
* Fallout 3 features one of the most realized game worlds ever created