As seems to be the case with "Call of Duty: Black Ops," "Fallout: New Vegas" is thus far out-pacing the pre-order numbers of its franchise predecessor. While that's no guarantee of drawing better overall sales — particularly in 2010's busy Q4 — the news does make Bethesda happy.
"'Fallout: New Vegas' pre-orders are far outstripping those of 'Fallout 3,'" Bethesda European marketing and PR director Sarah Seaby told MCV.
Searby credited changes that have been made since "Fallout 3," as well as attention the game received at E3 this year.
"While players will find 'Fallout: New Vegas' very familiar due to the similar control scheme found in 'Fallout 3,' they'll also find that the developers over at Obsidian have made a number of refinements after taking a look at fan feedback," she explained.
"New Vegas" still has months to go before it comes to the U.S. on October 19, but Obsidian has shown off a few changes to the series' combat system, which include making upgrades visible and adding unique attacks to melee weapons. In addition to a fresh setting, those aspects of gameplay should definitely contribute to a different feel. If everything turns out to be the right kind of different, those pre-order numbers just might carry over into post-launch sales as well.
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