Bethesda's live service attempt in Fallout universe is apparently finding its footing as it managed to yourself some of the biggest hits from recent years, although there are a few caveats.
UKIE's latest physical sales chart presented some interesting data and despite most people looking at the top 10 sellers most of the time, the highlights happened to be outside that bracket in the week ending on October 24, 2020.
Namely, Fallout 76 placed 12th as it started selling better apparently as it was at #16 the week before. While the improvement is significant, the weird part of the physical copy sales begins when you add games that were actually well received and released roughly around the time FO76 did.
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild ranked #16 in the same week. It launched one year prior to Fallout 76 but given the game's popularity, it's still odd to see it being outsold by the latter. However, when you factor in the fact that BotW is exclusive to Nintendo's platforms and is not a live service game, it is understandable that the longevity of the sales wouldn't be as high.
On the other hand, Red Dead Redemption 2 released just three days after Fallout 76, dropped on the same platforms eventually and was praised as one of the masterpieces of our time. It also has an online component, making it a live service, although not as many players are happy with the way Rockstar handled it.
Still, it Fallout 76 wasn't without its own shortcomings and anyone can tell you that much. Considering it holds a positive review rating on Steam now, it appears Bethesda righted many of those wrongs along the way while Rockstar left Red Dead Online in the chore simulator state which could explain the vast difference in UK physical sales rankings as the cowboys and outlaws placed 11 ranks below vault dwellers, at #23.
Oh, and FIFA is selling like hotcakes .