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Fallout 4 is now Bethesda’s most successful game ever
Bethesda’s Pete Hines has stated on a recent podcast that Fallout 4 has surpassed Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim as Bethesda’s most successful game of all time. Hines exact quote from the podcast was “Fallout 4 has gotta be the most successful game we’ve ever launched in our company’s history. More than Skyrim, in terms of what we did.” Bethesda has not revealed any hard numbers in order to back up these claims, but the most recent figures we have for both Skyrim and Fallout 4 state that Skyrim, which was released in November 2011, sold more than 20 million copies as of 2014. Fallout 4, which came out in November 2015, shipped 12 million copies on launch day, but Bethesda has not given any sales figures. Skyrim also got a sales boost last year with the release of the Special Edition remaster. Hines also spoke about criticism of Fallout 4, where fans have said it does not to enough to set itself apart from the previous Fallout games by comparing it to Uncharted 4, saying “If you played Uncharted 4 and that was your first game, I think you have a very different reaction to what that game is then if, like me, you played 1, 2, and 3. Because Uncharted 4 is more of 1, 2, and 3.” For more information, see the full story on GameSpot.
Frontier Entertainment reveals information about their next game
Frontier Entertainment, the company behind such games as Elite Dangerous and Planet Coaster, has given hints about their next game, saying that their next franchise will be based on a famous Hollywood license. The British game company didn’t reveal which film property they would be using, however, it did mention that the new franchise would be based on an “enduring” film series. Frontier Developments chief executive, David Braben, gave a brief statement, saying “We have chosen to license this particular IP to work with as our third franchise because we believe we can create something very special. It is creatively stimulating, already has a high worldwide profile, and is a perfect match for our expertise.” For more information, see the full story on Develop-online.net.
Youtuber pleads guilty to illegal FIFA gambling
The first ever court case in the UK based around video game gambling has come to a close, with YouTuber Craig “Nepenthez” Douglas and business partner Dylan Rigby pleading guilty to charges that their website FUT Galaxy allowed children to illegally bet on real-world sports using in-game currency from EA’s FIFA series. Both men have been collectively fined £265,000 in prosecution costs and fines, which is a light charge considering that each charge carried with it the possibility of 51 weeks of prison time. although both men pleaded guilty to running and advertising an unlicensed gambling facility, Rigby was considered the “prime mover” behind FUT Galaxy, with Douglas’ role more about promotion and advertising through his Youtube audience. While handing down the fines, judge Jack McGarva stated “The aggravating features of these offences are they were committed over a relatively long period of about six months. Children were gambling on your site. It’s impossible for me to know how many or the effect on them. In my opinion, both of you were aware of the use of the site by children and the attractiveness of it to children. At the very least, you both turned a blind eye to it.” Douglas apologized to his family, friends, and fans on Twitter, saying that “The worst year of my life concluded today.” For more information, see the full story on Gamesindustry.biz.