The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim sells 20 million copies

Bethesda reveals new sales milestone for 2011 single-player role-playing game.

Bethesda Game Studios' acclaimed single-player role-playing game The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now sold more than 20 million copies since launch in November 2011.

Bethesda announced the news as part of a recent press release, but did not say if the sales figure refers to sell-in (shipped) or sell-through (sold). We've asked a Bethesda representative for comment.

Skyrim, which was our 2011 Game of the Year, sold-through 3.5 million copies during its first 48 hours out of 7 million copies shipped to retailers during that two-day window. Bethesda Game Studios is now working on a new game, believed to be the Boston-set Fallout 4 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

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434 comments
REDShadowG
REDShadowG

TES VI snatching GTA's sales I guess.

Danny_KickAzz
Danny_KickAzz

Cant believe this game came out in 2011! Still feels like a new launch title for some weird reason.

mtappe
mtappe

Quite an achievement for one of the best gaming experiences of my life.  Buggy as hell and infernal loading times but still one of the best games to ever be released.  Wish I had a killer PC setup to mess around with some mods.

hadlee73
hadlee73

20 million? That means at least 80 million lengthy dining tables have been cleared with Fus Ro Dah. :P

Zloth2
Zloth2

Sell in?  Sell through?  Sheesh, people haven't used those terms since back in the days of boxed games!

Dexyu
Dexyu

How is this relevant any more? We know it sold good so who cares this is just markering for that shity but i hope it turns out good TESO

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

I use to be a gamespotter like you but then i took an arrow to the knee.

pupp3t_mast3r
pupp3t_mast3r

I know it's unlikely but I'd love to see an Elder Scrolls game either following up on what happens with the Empire after Skyrim OR an Elder Scrolls game set in the continent of Akavir.... 

Hurvl
Hurvl

Along with 20 million mods :P.

pharoe777
pharoe777

Awesome... loved every min. I put into this game !

Shantmaster_K
Shantmaster_K

So excited for the next single player The Elder Scrolls game on the new consoles. Looking for to TESO also. 

Mr_Big_Boss
Mr_Big_Boss

Impressive number, the game still doesn't interest me though.

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

Skywind looks awesome :D check zeeeee trailer www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjNXOaVH9Vs

Gamer_4_Fun
Gamer_4_Fun

Elder Scrolls games have extremely long legs. I think Steam sales helped a lot.

Barighm
Barighm

Maybe Bethesda will finally pay Obsidian for their hard work on New Vegas.

codac
codac

I'm curious as to how it sold on PC. Todd claims it to sale poorly, though it's been in Steam's 'top list' since it's release and surfaces into the top 10 and 20 ranks rather frequently. When asked for a sales number he goes to the 'none-of-your-business' line, but if you're going to go there and not provide evidence, then don't bring it up. Other publishers don't seem to mind, even Valve.


Anywho, congrats.....to the moders that is, *zing* jk. Good on them.

AMG
AMG

Solid game, congrats to Bethesda on the milestone.

Brakkyn
Brakkyn

...and my copy sits on my shelf, still in the plastic, because I'm behind on my games and want to play the Elder Scrolls series in order and I'm still on Oblivion.

I'll probably finish it by the time The Elder Scrolls VIII: Valenwood comes out.

mattcake
mattcake

And I've started 3 games and not finished one of them. Big game, but the variety is lacking and way too many quests rack up that you can never be bothered to complete cos they're worthless. I'm hoping for less quests and much smarter AI in future. If I steal I should have to hide every time I come to town, if I kill all the guards I should never be able to set foot in town again etc. I am praying devs don't waste all the new power on gfx alone :/

HaloinventedFPS
HaloinventedFPS

Damn, i thought it sold under 10m & people say single player games are dead, good on Bethesda, i loved Skyrim on PC with mods, shame about the terrible console versions though

jack_howitzer
jack_howitzer

yet they never gave it a patch for the save glitches on 360 the game plays like a broke down junker...lazy aholes

SexyMiralda
SexyMiralda

After my two unsuccessful attempts to get into this game, I finally decided to finish this game no matter what it takes. I must admit it took around 15-20hr gameplay to finally get interested in this game. I still haven't finished the game but it is getting better now. Some of the dungeon quests looks epic. The melee combat is still terrible (swing like a crazed bietch and hope for the best), perhaps they should invest some money that they got from this game in order to make a better combat in the next game.

spikepigeo
spikepigeo

Every penny deserved. One of the last great game companies out there. I hope I'll be playing their games while lying in my death bed.


edit: also, they can thank three holiday steam sales for a lot of that, I'm sure, lol.

andrew_ribbons
andrew_ribbons

Very well deserved!  Occasionally it takes a phenomenal Singple Player only game like this to make publishers realise that you don't need to slap in Multiplayer (wasting development time) to make a game sell!  If you're not going to do MP properly, don't bother and stick to SP which will in turn, of course, make it better :)

Flonne_N_Etna
Flonne_N_Etna

One of my favourite RPGs along with Fallout 3 and Fallout New Vegas.

meedokicky
meedokicky

Got the Legendary Edition for PC sometime in the second half of last year, and for a whole month it was the only game I played :)

I recently accidentally removed some essential files, so steam wants to download 6 GB of data lol Can't I just fix it from the disc somehow?


Anyway, thank you Cam and Seb for introducing me to this game :)

chatphon
chatphon

can't wait to see the next Elder Scrolls , but now FO4.. until then.

javalino
javalino

@Danny_KickAzz  i just finished the main game this month. great experience!! I will never buy an ES game in the months after release, few mods, no legendary edition. bugs.  did i say few mods ? because mods in a ES game is everything.

orbit991
orbit991

@Danny_KickAzz Feels the same for me due to mods, the Skyrim that came out two years ago and whats on many computers these days is a very different game.

Zloth2
Zloth2

@Dexyu Not "sold" good, "is selling" good.  Check how many people are playing it right now on Steam.  The mods keep pulling new players in even after two+ years!  (The DLC didn't hurt, either.)

SteamyPotatoes
SteamyPotatoes

@Dexyu I use to care how much TES had sold but then i took an arrow to the knee.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@Hurvl75% of them barely able to be considered armor. ~grin~

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@Brakkyn you play games like that and your on the internet? how do you stay away from spoilers?

ANGRYWOLF
ANGRYWOLF

@HaloinventedFPS 

The PS3 Legendary edition isn't that bad, although you do see weird stuff like lines appearing out of nowhere and the mountains in the distance turning green.

Barighm
Barighm

@HaloinventedFPSWe couldn't care less about the mods. 99% of them are just for laughs anyway.
 That's what YouTube is for.

purplestone6988
purplestone6988

@SexyMiralda funny, in my experience melee combat doesnt work like that, atleast thats not how i played it. For example there are 4 different power attacks you could execute, blocking at the right time, side-stepping to avoid blows there is more to it if you want there to be.

games2525
games2525

@SexyMiralda yes me too.sadly after 2 attempts I gave up...and I usually like these games. i hope with the next one it ll be different!

Vexov
Vexov

@SexyMiralda I stop playing around lvl 25+, the game horribly scales and balance is terrible. It really feels like a rushed job, its really no fun to just 1-3 shot everything. The melee combat is... kind of bad that you can't continue to step-in(E.g, I go to sneak attack a guard walking away but can't hit him cause i stand still).


Skyrim is an amazing open world, but it kind of just stop there. The only thing that really saves it is mods, and I haven't come across any full out balancing and proper scaling to difficulty mods.


The Elder scrolls online... well, i guess i can't really speak about experience from the beta, but i couldn't play more then 2hrs.

AwkwardTurtle42
AwkwardTurtle42

@andrew_ribbons I can imagine other developers will point to this the next time their publisher asks them to put an MP mode into a single-player game. 

ooblah
ooblah

@javalino @Danny_KickAzz 

Too true.  Regular vanilla Skyrim .... meh.

Modded to hell Skyrim ... one of the best games I've ever played.

Hurvl
Hurvl

@purplestone6988@BrakkynI've yet to play the goty version of Morrowind that I bought years ago, but I'll get to that in due time. As for spoilers, you can't completely stay away from them, but I avoid articles about some games.

vicsrealms
vicsrealms

@BarighmBoy, you really haven't looked at the mods.  Sure, some like the female armor are completely ridiculous.  Once you dig through all the silly mods there are some real gems that are worth adding to your game.  I can't play without Falskaar, Might Dragons, Deadly, Dragons, Skyrim Redone, OBIS, and DFB Random Encounters.  Not to mention UI changes and fixes that make the game much better on the PC side of things.

Barighm
Barighm

@purplestone6988You're right, but if you build things right you never have to block or use power attacks.

I suppose you can increase the difficulty level if it's really that easy.

snakebite6x6x6
snakebite6x6x6

@19James89 @Flonne_N_Etna Perhaps, but who cares?


I don't care what score a game gets...

I don't care how "overrated" or "underrated" a game is....

I don't care if every person I know or millions of people I don't know love or hate a game, and I don't care why either....


All I care about is if I have fun playing it.  

That's it, real simple.