Skyrim: 3.5 million sold in just 48 hours

7 million shipped, Bethesda predicts $450 million in launch sales

Bethesda's fantasy epic The Elder Scrolls V:Skyrim has sold 3.5 million copies globally in just 48 hours.

The publisher shipped 7 million copies for launch and reported that 50 per cent of those copies sold in within two days. It's expecting worldwide retail sales from launch units of around $450 million.

"We are grateful for the fans' response to Skyrim," said ZeniMax Media CEO Robert Altman.

"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 game also set records on Steam, with 280,000 concurrent players in the first 24 hours of release.

Recently Sony reported that PS3 exclusive Uncharted: Drake's Deception had shipped 3.8 million copies on day one, while Activision's Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 recently achieved launch sales of 6.5 million copies in UK and US territories, making $400 million in one day.

"Without a doubt, this has been our most ambitious project ever," added the Skyrim game director Todd Howard.

"After over three years of development, we're finally excited to get it into everyone's hands."

The game currently has a score of 95 on Metacritic.

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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 7 years ago
Game of The Year
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Tommy Thompson Studying Artificial Intelligence (PhD), University of Strathclyde7 years ago
* Puts on Darth Vader voice*

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Terence Gage Freelance writer 7 years ago
Good for them; I'm sure the TES franchise will be around for many years and will continue to grow and grow.

This is, in my opinion, the best way to treat a gaming franchise: infrequent series entries gives lots of time for hype to build and ensures there's no chance of fans getting burned out, it means there’ll be a significant technological leap between each game which obviously helps when you’re dealing with a game as awe-inspiring as Skyrim, and it gives the development team plenty of time to work on each instalment. Zelda and the Team Ico games would also fall into the same category, although in the case of the latter I do wonder how much The Last Guardian’s protracted development has cost Sony, and how many copies they expect to sell - and need to sell in order to see profit.

Anyway, well done Bethsoft. At this rate you may even make consumers forget some of this year’s PR disasters.
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Wayne Gibson UK Marketing Manager for 7 years ago
Now time to work on that new Fallout 4(5) title with this new engine :).
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Thomas Perry Game Developer 7 years ago
Need an MMORPG from Bethesda, show the world what a true sandbox MMORPG is, not this garbage out there. linear theme park.
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany7 years ago
Great game, it has everything I would ask for a elder scrolls... just hope the next patch arrives soon and makes the game more stable on PC.
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James Boulton Owner, Retro HQ Ltd7 years ago
Now if they would just add a multi-player campaign type mode for TES 6, I would be very happy.

Seriously not bothered about an MMO, but a co-op multi-player TES would be absolutely awesome.
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Andrew Clayton QA Weapons Tester, Electronic Arts7 years ago
You know what? I'm really happy that Bethsoft has stayed away from the multiplayer scene. There are far too many games that concentrate too much on multiplayer and far too little on the campaign. It's nice to have a well-developed series of games that don't have to include multiplayer elements.

If you guys want multiplayer or MMOs, find any of the other hundreds of games that include those features. TES is awesome without the added weight of multiplayer.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 7 years ago
+100, Andrew. I rely on Bethsoft to do what they do best: single player focused RPG's with more content than these DLC-fed yearly blockbusters that offer a whisper of content for those of us who simply don't give a crap about running around shooting each other between the ears for hours on end.

Any sort of MMO TES game would kill a lot of what I and many fans want from the series, I say. Hell, given the bugs every TES game seems to have at launch, could you imagine new players not used to the quirky stuff complaining endlessly about every little thing they see as the worst thing in the world while folks like me chuckle away and ignore them?

If anything, Skyrim (warts aside) SHOULD be seen as one of those games where a "more is more" approach makes for a game that's made to be gone to again and again because you're always finding something new to do. I've played a load of fair to OK open-world fantasy RPGs over the past year or two (Div II: Dragon Knight Saga, Arcania, Two Worlds II, Risen, Sacred 2, Venetica, ), all with interesting elements, but at the end of the day, I have to give it up for Bethsoft and their longer-running franchise because they manage to pack in more elements that work well in the big picture.

I own the PS3 version and will probably snap up the 360 one at some point because I'm crazy that way. I'm also nuts enough to want to see what sort of Game of the Year Edition rolls out down the road. Hopefully, it'll be on a damn disc and not some DLC-only deal, but we'll see what happens, I suppose.
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