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Skyrim Sells Over 3.5 Million Copies, Garners Critical Acclaim

Also, the sky is blue and the earth is round.

Skyrim is a popular game. Since its release last friday, it's been the title to play and mostly everyone is talking about it. It shouldn't be a surprise then to hear that the game has sold big. Real big.

ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethesda Softworks, announced today that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has shipped seven million copies and has generated more than $450 million dollars in revenue. Over 50% of the shipped units were sold in the first 48 hours and reorders have already been requested in full force.

Over 280,000 players have been logged in at one time, according to Steam. This is much more than the other triple A titles such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. The game has also received universal acclaim and has garnered 50 perfect scores from G4, GamesRadar, Joystiq, and other critics.

“We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media.  “Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Game Studios have crafted a very special game. Anticipation for Skyrim has surpassed any game in our company’s history, and we are pleased that sales and reviews have reflected the quality and hours of amazing gameplay it provides.”

“Without a doubt, this has been our most ambitious project ever,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim. “After over three years of development, we’re finally excited to get it into everyone’s hands.”

In case you haven't gotten a copy, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is available now for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Watch for PixlBit's review, coming soon. In the meantime, check our Skyrim Primer.

Press Release


ZENIMAX MEDIA ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF THE ELDER SCROLLS® V: SKYRIM™

With More Than 50 Perfect Review Scores, Seven Million Copies Hit Retail Shelves Worldwide

November 16, 2011 (Rockville, MD) –ZeniMax® Media Inc. today announced that Bethesda Softworks’® award-winning title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has enjoyed an enthusiastic reception by gamers across the globe. After shipping seven million units of Skyrim for the Xbox 360® video game entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC, Skyrim’s launch units are expected to generate more than $450 million in global retail sales.

With tens of thousands of fans lining up at retail outlets at midnight on 11/11/11 to purchase the game, Skyrim continued to record strong sales following its release. More than 50% of launch units were sold in the first 48 hours and Bethesda Softworks has been receiving large reorders from major retailers in North America, and across Europe and Australia. Online activity has been notable, with Steam reporting that in the first 24 hours of its release, Skyrim set a record with over 280,000 concurrent players, far outdistancing all other titles.

“We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. “Todd Howard and his team at Bethesda Game Studios have crafted a very special game. Anticipation for Skyrim has surpassed any game in our company’s history, and we are pleased that sales and reviews have reflected the quality and hours of amazing gameplay it provides.”

The eagerly-awaited title has garnered more than 50 perfect review scores, earning praise from some of the industry’s most influential and respected critics including: USA Today, G4TV, GameSpy, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, GamePro, Official Xbox Magazine, Joystiq, The Guardian, and GamesRadar. G4TV describes Skyrim as “one of the greatest games ever made” and Eurogamer was one of many outlets to call it a “masterpiece.”

“Without a doubt, this has been our most ambitious project ever,” said Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim. “After over three years of development, we’re finally excited to get it into everyone’s hands.”

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios®, the makers of the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout® 3, Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world for you to explore any way you choose.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been rated M for Mature by ESRB. For more information on Skyrim visit http://elderscrolls.com.


 

Comments

Jesse Miller Staff Writer

11/17/2011 at 12:09 AM

I had a feeling that Skyrim was going to be big, but I may have still underestimated just how big it's actually going to be.

chocobot

11/17/2011 at 01:22 AM

I wasn't terribly interested in this one at first but now I feel like I'm missing out on something amazing. I don't think I've heard of one person who has played Skyrim and not liked it. I would buy it now but Skyward Sword must be played first :)

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ZENIMAX MEDIA ANNOUNCES SUCCESSFUL LAUNCH OF THE ELDER SCROLLS® V: SKYRIM™

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