Oblivion enjoying epic sales

Bethesda boasts of its next-generation role-playing game's record-breaking sales--1.7 million copies shipped to date.

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Last year, one of the most anticipated fourth-quarter releases was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. Besides the fact that it was the sequel to the popular and award-winning Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, it was also the sole role-playing game on the Xbox 360 launch roster--and a fixture for most PC gamers' holiday shopping lists. However, many of those lists were shredded--and Christmas vacation plans dashed--when 2K Games announced that Oblivion would be delayed until the spring.

As the swelling population of Tamriel, the game's fictional realm, shows, the lag in Oblivion's release hasn't dampened enthusiasm for the critically acclaimed game, which is currently the top-rated 360 and PC title on both Metacritic.com and GameRankings.com. Today, its developer, Bethesda Softworks, announced that it has shipped more than 1.7 million copies of Oblivion since its release on March 20. Citing figures from industry trade group NPD Funworld, Bethesda boasted that Oblivion has been the fastest-selling 360 game to date. On the PC side, it accounted for 13 percent of all Windows games sold during its first week of release.

For more on Oblivion, read GameSpot's full review of the game.

Discussion

149 comments
f00dking
f00dking

Oblivion is just simply amazazing

NukeU
NukeU

THE best RPG ever. By far.

mesony
mesony

I LOVE YOU OBLIIVION WHENS THE NEXT ONE I SPENT OVER 90 HOURS PLAYING YOU

SgtSilock
SgtSilock

This might outbeat the sims.

BlackCanopus
BlackCanopus

Wow! Now a game that can -IT CAN- save PC RPGs, and hopefully, makes us hopefull. It is time for other companies to learn from Bethesda Softworks and start making quality RPGs for the PC. I just can't wait to get my hands on the expansion... And one more word: If Fallout 3, NeverWinter Nights 2, HellGate: London and Dragon Age will be half-as good as Oblivion, WE WILL SEE THE RENEISANCE OF PC RPG. I can't wait for that...

irR4tiOn4L
irR4tiOn4L

actually im not finding it fun anymore

Syferonik
Syferonik

i just have been captured my soul by Umbra this game is awesom let say 9.7 on 10

Guapsrocks
Guapsrocks

This is just a great game!! I have enjoyed every moment playing it.

MazRX7TT
MazRX7TT

The intro of this game with a home theater set up is so sweet. Felt just like a movie. The opening score put a smile on my face and almost gave me chills.

electro234
electro234

I wouldn't say it's game of the century or game of the year, we still got the rest of the PS3 and 360 games comin out this year. Great game though....

diesil
diesil

game of the century

amycasey2
amycasey2

This game, from a console lover

hadi_f
hadi_f

I'm pretty sure Oblivion Will be the game of the year, at least for PC and XBOX 360. If there is any better game, then it is already doom day! Considering the ratio of problems to content, it is easy to say that this game is flawless. Yes perfect. Can't wait for the next installment. Now I am dreaming. ;-)

yorevman
yorevman

This is the best RPG game I ever saw!

stanislavski86
stanislavski86

I love the game eventhough its bugs and sometimes dodgy AI. Yet, I would really say this deserves to be the game of the year or at least to get some awards. Well done Bethesda, unlike some other popular companies you deserve the money you earn.

selbie
selbie

Proud owner of Oblivion.

00Rambol00
00Rambol00

Ain't got this game yet.... cos i know that i'll always be on it crap loads.... so am w8in to get it for summer :D

xspinne
xspinne

Is not perfect, but is the better for now

bboyart
bboyart

Game developers which put that much effort in making of there games deserve to pick the fruits of their labor. Go Bethesda!!!

mitchy2003
mitchy2003

Oblivion deserves to be number 1 because it is absolutely superb

erasmusr
erasmusr

Badly optimized. Poor sword fighting. Ugly people and other creatures.

AngelB1ack
AngelB1ack

I have never played an elder scrolls game until Oblivion...I am enjoying it greatly! I think this game will go down in history and will only grow in interest with expansions, mods etc.... I am hooked on Oblivion.

RhythmMan
RhythmMan

There are few companies tha I am actually excited to support with my hard earned money. Bethesda is one of them, and I hope they can use this financial success to create more great games in the future...incredible job guys!

mishima69
mishima69

If games won Oscars, the rest would not even turn up to the ceremony

RustyBolt
RustyBolt

A decent RPG for xbox360 at last. LOL But I bought the PC version.

EliteMercenary
EliteMercenary

And it DESERVES to sell a million more. Bethesda is one of the few groups of developers who design games so very painstakingly. It deserves warrant and reward.

Binpo
Binpo

wait.. is the online play free? and like a mmo?

MMORE2001
MMORE2001

I love this game.This is a nice boost for Bethesda,now i cant wait for fallout 3 ;).

F1sTDaCuffS
F1sTDaCuffS

my friend just got that new samsung DLP omg the colors are nuts

reece590
reece590

Im 1 in 1.7 million, I wounder what Oblivion sold more for the 360 or for the PC? Oblivion is a great game....

R1k0_88
R1k0_88

oblivion shouldn't be a X360 Exclusive.. PC gamers want top-of-the-bill quality gaming too.. btw microsoft sucks.. windows is the most unstable system to date, but it's about the only OS on which you can game.. i guess. Game On!

Fallout_red
Fallout_red

It must become GOTY. Oblivion RULEZ (Ishaa...)

belimedvedxd
belimedvedxd

excelent game for playing if you love rpg.

PazUSA
PazUSA

Note to Bill Gates....you should have bought Bethesda not Lionhead! Oblivion is the greatest game I've ever played - it's truly a masterpiece and should be a 360 exclusive - it is to Xbox 360 what FF is to PS.

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

I would agree with Soul Knight. Bethesda Softworks and UbiSoft (GRAW) can teach this industry a thing or three about the makings of a fantastic next-generation video game. I'm definately stoked to see this game getting such fantastic sales. For a western RPG not tied to a franchise, this is a humongus accomplishement. Long live Bethesda!

Drachman
Drachman

I can't stop playing this.....it's my anti-drug...wait if it's addicting it IS a drug! Yay!

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

epic sales for an epic game.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

I really didn't care for Morrowind but Oblivion is flat-out killer. Glad it's doing well as everyone should enjoy a game that's as good as Oblivion.

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Bethesda and Ubi need have a class with all the other developers in "How to make True next-gen games". EA definately needs to sitting at the VERY front of the classroom....lol

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Great! Hey guyz and gals, any chance we can get Bethesda to make ALL the X360 games?!...lol

AdityaN
AdityaN

though stuck with playing on a crappy 5900 ultra, which means i get to see none of the fancy graphics (the game is only marginally better looking than morrowind in my comp), oblivion is one thing for sure...highly addicting. Thr redesigned quest system is especially good, with clear cut golas and map markers that make it so so much better than morrowind's. And despite the levelling up strangeness (why does everyone roam around in high level stuff, kostly higher than u, its improbable that a poor guy or bandit has on him daedric stuff...), morrowind' level of challenge is great, and the new battle system, especially with the bow and arrow stuff (thief 3, anyone?) combined with sneak...is a great option!

ele975
ele975

This game deserves to be one of the greatest RPG games ever made

fynne
fynne

Awesome to hear a publisher actually making money on a game....especially a critically acclaimed game. I have it myself and it's worth every cent.

punisher86
punisher86

I wouldn't expect less from an awesome game like this too bad i don't have a 360 and my comp doesn't meet the minimum system requierments

Jazic
Jazic

Gratz, very much diserved and earned.

Sonicgod
Sonicgod

It's not worth the price they are asking $69. I might consider the PC version at $49.