Skyrim tops 3.5 million sold

The Elder Scrolls V launch lauded as more than half of 7 million copies shipped to stores were sold to gamers in first 48 hours after launch.

Skyrim sales are sky high. Bethesda Softworks parent company ZeniMax Media today proclaimed the launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim to be a success, with the game shipping 7 million copies worldwide and selling through more than half of that figure in its first 48 hours on sale.

Skyrim residents celebrate the game's launch with a fireworks fight.

ZeniMax expects the game's launch shipments to bring in $450 million in sales and has already reported "large reorders" from its retail partners in North America, Europe, and Australia. The game has also performed well in the digital space, with ZeniMax boasting a new Steam record with more than 280,000 concurrent players on Skyrim's launch day.

While Skyrim has now added commercial success to its critical acclaim, the game's launch hasn't been entirely smooth. One notable bug has impacted the Xbox 360 version of the game, such that players who install the title to their hard drives are saddled with lower resolution textures. That bug will be fixed in Skyrim's next title update, though it's unclear when that will be released.

For more on Bethesda's latest, check out GameSpot's review of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

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steveguttenberg
steveguttenberg

That's good. And all without any questionable anti-used-game measures.

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

@KrazzyDJ no its not, its still amazing even if this is your first

KrazzyDJ
KrazzyDJ

Is it necessary to play the prequels prior to playing this one ???

jonaadams
jonaadams

This is the BEST game I've ever played hands down. And I've played a lot of games.

XxKing_BlazexX
XxKing_BlazexX

This game looks absolutely amazing. I don't know 1 person that said this game is bad, I can't wait to play it!

carnivalshow
carnivalshow

This is the best game i have ever played and still playing it. I am shocked this site only gave it a 9 thats just sad..

Razor4884
Razor4884

My graphics-card burnt out a week before the game was released...and I don't have enough money to get a new one for quite a while...so the game is just sitting on my desk unable to be played...WHY! WHY CRUEL WORLD, WHY! *insert FUUUUU face here*

GamerLegend10
GamerLegend10

Does consuming your days and nights, taking over your life and turning you into a lazy slob earn a game the title of GOTY?...HELL YES Have been playing this game constantly since i got it and loved every second. Skyrim is absolutely huge, I really have done so much, yet so little.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

I tottally agree with Kevins review, the fact that yes, there are flaws but these simply pale into insignificance and are easily put to the back of your mind when you consider the sheer amount of detail and scale that Skyrim provides.

darkfiercelink
darkfiercelink

Hell yea, that's Skyrim for you -turns into werewolf-

dah_master
dah_master

I have shouted at sooo many chickens in this game... This game is that EPIC period

KrizbyBoy
KrizbyBoy

I love the game, but my dog destroyed it today by running into the cord and pulling it off the table its on, so now I have to somehow get my copy replaced. :(

kidnatural
kidnatural

I purchased this for PC, and it runs great. There are minor hiccups, but honestly they don't bother me because they get pushed aside completely by all the great stuff done with this game. The presentation is top notch and the things you can do while in this world is astounding. Bethesda Game Studios deserves all the sales they can get with this title. Sometimes I'll just pause the game instead of shutting down the PC when I'm busy doing other things around the house just to hear its wonderful soundtrack. My personal GOTY by far, it has been a very - very long time since I've played a game this much is such a short time span and didn't think to myself "I'm getting bored of this for now.". Cheers to all who are also enjoying this game, and hats off to this product as a whole.

m4a5
m4a5

@AluminumAndroid, considering that most games today you can usually only get 20-30 hours out of them for 60$, Skyrim is already 70+ hours and still not getting boring (so I already got more than 2x the entertainment for just over 2x the price. Mind you, It also did come with a incredibly detailed dragon and a sweet artbook...)

MagSoul
MagSoul

bethesda has really done a uber great job on making this game!!! im a fan of the elder scrolls series and i have to say this one is one of my most fav of the elder scrolls games :D second is morrowind then oblivion! just imagining what the next elder scrolls will look like gives me a hard boner and a erection at the same time lol

Kenshin4442
Kenshin4442

The Game is Epic all i need to say :D

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

Everyone in this comments that talk against this game use the excuse "I heard is a console port", "A specific shadowy review talks bad about it", or a deep and smart "this game sux". Good to see how they are already paying for it by not enjoying a game that is EXCEPTIONALLY GOOD, like it or not. It pays being biased and having superficial opinions, isn't it haters?

alpha_unit97
alpha_unit97

Every time I hear someone say something bad about this game, I die a little inside. This game deserves so much respect its not even funny, especially after the sheer amount of work Bethesda put into it, it deserves every cent it makes, especially because they only made us pay $80 for it and not a $120 rip off like we were forced to pay for AC: Brotherhood. ok, there may be frame-rate, texture issues and a small amount of bugs, but they're so largely overshadowed by the vast majority of the rest of the games content, you barely notice them. This game is AMAZING, enough said. definitely my game of the year, and it should be everyone else's.

Sigil-otaku
Sigil-otaku

Enjoying the game so far. I hope it doesn't bottle out with mostly generic equipment (like Oblivion just had a bunch of glass, ebony, deadric gear etc.) but it seems to have more nice little random drops / finds anyway. The game is shaping up to be goty so far but I'd have to play it more first to make sure.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Got to say Skyrim is Amazing, simply Amazing. I got it at Midnight on release night and havn't stopped playing it since except to sleep, eat, go to the doctors, and watch a movie. Litterally that's it. The game world sucks you in and doesn't let go.

armandoisgreat
armandoisgreat

My birthday's on Pearl Hardor Day. Bring on Skyrim!!

eddyoshi
eddyoshi

@bad_fur_day you must be having one

wezagee1
wezagee1

I absolutely love the game, cant put it down. The work Bethesda put into this is unbelievable and they deserve every penny. 'Nuff said!

FabledVeteran
FabledVeteran

Must say that it is one of those games that is like no other... i've never spent so much time walking around doing nothing and enjoyed it like i have on skyrim.... nothing beats the freedom and sheer depth of this game, i find myself doing silly little things like picking flowers and running away from bears when i was setting out to be doing that quest i have been pushing aside for too long... Such a brilliant game and it deserves the extremely good sales... the Devs should be proud

bad_fur_day
bad_fur_day

Bethesda would have to pay me to play this. I'll never buy another bethesda game after Oblivion, ever. Probably the worst rpg thats ever been made.

A_Belmont
A_Belmont

@atopp399 I also want to add, that even on 'low' settings, this game looks GREAT on a PC. People complaining that the texture difference between Low and Ultra isn't that much should really consider, isn't it amazing that the game looks so great and manages it's resources so well that it looks great on low? Low should not mean 'bad', it should mean stripped of all the fanciful stuff. So many games look /bad/ on low settings, but not skyrim. Look at the screenshots from those links you put up, that's not a bad looking game at all. If you're concerned that Skyrim doesn't look good, you're clearly searching for excuses to believe the game is bad. The game looks great, no matter the quality settings you put the pc on, and that's a testament to how great a job Bethesda did on the visuals. And if the mouse feels laggy.....just bump up the sensitivity a bit ;)

A_Belmont
A_Belmont

@atopp399 Yeah, the menus are exactly the same for the PC as they are for the console, and it is a bit odd. But I think this reviewer got far too hung up on it, and also wanted some extra hits by writing an incredibly bad review. I've let several people play my PS3 copy, and all of them were just as blown away as I was. You have to be really focusing and searching for the negatives to not enjoy your time in Skyrim. I bet I won't be purchasing a game before Mass Effect 3 because Skyrim is just so huge and enjoyable I won't need to. If you're going to get a game, I'd certainly consider this one, but if you're really set on waiting.... well, hope it makes Skyrim all the more sweeter when you do come 'round. =D

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

I suggest this game to everyone. It is absolutely amazing. Hours of gameplay and you will never be bored.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@fanfas, Wonderful, ive just joined them, well almost, just need to burn some bees : ) Thanks for the info.

tyber78
tyber78

They put so much effort in this,they deserve way much more sales than this.

Vegna_Infamous
Vegna_Infamous

Just finally got Skyrim in the mail and I'm loving it!

Entropy730
Entropy730

@atopp339 uh you obviously don't know what you're talking about. and whoever told you that doesn't either. every Elder Scrolls game has been a PC game first, if not exclusively. Morrowind was on PC first, then ported. Also the game (like all games) looks way better on PC. Plus the mods you could add to the game like weapons, armor, cool dungeons, quests.. the list goes on. And you don't have to pay for them. Don't listen to who ever told you Skyrim/Elder Scrolls sucks on PC because they're dead wrong and don't know what they're talking about. The statement they made is like saying, "SOCOM Navy Seals 'kinda sucks' on PS3 and is an obvious PC port to console." LOL. No.

fanfas
fanfas

@thenephariouson Yes there is. The Skeleton Key. You get it during the Thieves Guild quests.

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

@warhawk-geeby, I havnt been to Riverwood yet, but thanks for the heads up lol : ) Ive already put around 20-30 hours into Skyrim and havnt even started the main story arc yet, i simply escaped the opening sequence, and headed of in search of adventure, and so far ive only completed the Mages 'Arc' and have just stumbled across the 'Theives Guild', this game is simply immense and im finding it very hard to put it down. Simply marvelous. Also, does anyone know if there is an 'Unbreakable Lockpick' in Skyrim??

jefferson1964
jefferson1964

PC, Xbox, PS3, who cares, its a great game across ALL platforms, bravo To Bethesda....I would like to see this much graphics detail and massive world in Fallout 4

electronic_eye
electronic_eye

@steelmouth - I'm in the exact same situation as you! lol Oblivion was my first game for my 360 and my first true rpg experience. Got it 3 years ago, been playing it off and on (mostly because I ended up putting 400 hrs into Fallout 3 during that time) and want to at least finish the main thread before jumping into the massive, massive world that is Skyrim.

cr8ive
cr8ive

@atopp399, dude.. where have you been? Elder Scrolls has always been a PC game first.. not to mention the ability to mod the graphic engine and skins. The only thing I heard was that playing using a console controller was better (easily remedied by using the wired 360pad). Even Oblivion was better on PC than on both console ports

atopp399
atopp399

I heard this game kind of sucks on PC as in it is an obvious port from a console. Glad I haven't picked it up.

zidan4000
zidan4000

man , i don't know if i should get this game on my PS3 so that i can play it on surround sound system or on PC without 5.1 system but with easier key binding system.

warhawk-geeby
warhawk-geeby

@Rammone-X I know, the game is immense. Did you make the mistake of killing a chicken in Riverwood...? That village is actually psychotic! :?

ParisSun
ParisSun

I hope they sell more. Aside from the minor bugs, this is a quality product. There are few games that make me feel like I got a deal on paying full price. Time just seems to evaporate when playing this game. In fact, there is so much in the game that it can feel overwhelming. You just have to take your time and enjoy it, knowing that a quality play through takes over a 100 hours.

Kayweg
Kayweg

Well, who would have thought, eh ? Quality games DO sell. Take note, all who try to make us buy rushed-out-of the-door sequels and revived old IPs turned into generic shooters ! And for ONCE no day1-DLC crap either. Imo this is a landmark game in many aspects.....so, if you still have doubts, just throw 'em overboard. All that said....The actual "RPG" part of the game could have had more complexity and depth to it. And the interface definitely isn't the most brilliant i've ever seen (to put it mildly). Still, Skyrim more than meets the pre-relase hype. ;)