Skyrim has sold over 20 million copies

New sales milestone for Bethesda's blockbuster RPG puts it among some of the top selling games of all time

Buried in a press release from last week about the star-studded voice cast signed for the upcoming MMO The Elder Scrolls Online, Bethesda Softworks quietly revealed that its hit massively single-player title Skyrim had surpassed 20 million units sold worldwide since its November 2011 release.

The game's impressive sales figure puts it in a category with some of the best-selling video games of all-time, as Time's video games correspondent Matt Peckham points out. The top 20 list is dominated by Nintendo titles and GTAs, but Skyrim is right there with the likes of Super Mario World and Wii Fit Plus.

Skyrim is often held up as an example of how really good single-player games can still sell without including online elements. With The Elder Scrolls franchise now heading online courtesy of Matt Firor and Zenimax Online Studios, questions linger about whether we'll see another huge single-player game in the Elder Scrolls universe, but if the team at Bethesda does push ahead with a follow-up to Skyrim, the 20 million figure shows there's a market and avid fan base for it still, even in an online-dominated world.

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Thomas Dolby Project Manager / Lead Programmer, Ai Solve4 years ago
Doesn't surprise me considering it's pretty much made a nice cosy home in the charts since it released. Congratulations to them!
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Brook Davidson Artist / 3D design 4 years ago
Skyrim is by far one of the best games I have ever played. I still play it even now.

I, personally, am not a very big fan of Elder Scrolls Online. I will be sticking to the single players games.
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David Serrano Freelancer 4 years ago
questions linger about whether we'll see another huge single-player game in the Elder Scrolls universe...
Another huge single-player Elder Scrolls game is literally the only thing that would motivate me to buy a PS 4 while the price is over $300.
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Greg Wilcox Creator, Destroy All Fanboys! 4 years ago
Wait. As Zenimax Online is separate from Bethsoft and TES Online was made by what seems to be a different team, why wouldn't there be a new TES game coming for us longer time solo game fans of this series? I don't think Bethesda is THAT silly to bet the farm on ONLY this online game (which I can't play because of my crap connection).

Anyway, I can wait for that announcement, as if there's a new TES game in development, it'll be something like two to three years before it's actually out (if not longer)...
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Alfonso Sexto Lead Tester, Ubisoft Germany4 years ago
The fact the Elder Scrolls Online takes place 1000 years before skyrim also allowed that; they did not want to "block" the Lore progression like Blizzard did with WoW.
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I would like to see this figures broken down on per-platform basis. This would be really interesting.
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