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Fallout 76 reaches its all-time highest player count thanks to the Fallout TV series

Fallout 76
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Available now on Prime Video, it seems the Fallout TV series has ignited everyone’s desire for some post-apocalyptic shenanigans. Fallout 76, a game that released six years ago, has just reached its all time peak player count on Steam.

Climbing up from an average concurrent player count of around 12,000, Fallout 76 hit a new all-time high of 39,455 on Saturday 14th April. According to SteamDB, it’s up 209% on last month’s stats. For a game that’s been kicking around since 2018 — and one that was very poorly received at launch — that’s some good going.

Yes, Fallout 76 wears an average Metascore of just 52 and we infamously scored it one of our lowest ever reviews, with a 2/10. Yikes. It wasn’t a good game at launch. It was very, very bad. But Bethesda has doggedly worked on it, consistently supporting it, improving it and adding new content. It’s a very different game today than it was six years ago — and so perhaps it makes sense that more players are going back to it now than ever before.

It’s all due, of course, to the launch of Fallout on Prime Video. With a Rotten Tomatoes score of 93%, it’s safe to say the adaptation of the game series has been very well received. Following different characters surviving 200 years after the nuclear apocalypse — those from within the Vaults and those from the outside — it’s a wild ride that, by all accounts, does a great job of capturing the spirit of the video game while still managing to be a great piece of media in its own right.

If you’re yet to see it? Fallout is available to watch with a Prime TV subscription. And you can currently play Fallout 76 for free on Steam — or purchase it with an 80% discount.

Editor in chief // Kim's been into video games since playing Dizzy on her brother's Commodore 64 as a nipper. She'll give just about anything a go, but she's got a particular soft spot for indie adventures. If she's not gaming, she'll be building Lego, reading a thriller, watching something spooky or... asleep. She does love to sleep.