Bethesda has today announced that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has shipped seven million copies worldwide and is expected to generate more than $450 million in global retail sales.
They also stated that the epic RPG has continued to record strong sales following its release on November 11th. Rather impressively, more than 50% of launch units were sold in the first 48 hours, which resulted in Bethesda receiving large re-orders from major retailers in North America, Europe and Australia.
As if that wasn’t impressive enough, Steam reported that in the first 24 hours of its release, Skyrim set a record with over 280,000 users playing the game at the same time.
Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media stated the following:
“We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim, 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.”
Todd Howard, Game Director on Skyrim added:
“Without a doubt, this has been our most ambitious project ever. After over three years of development, we’re finally excited to get it into everyone’s hands.”
Whilst the figures released don’t state exactly how many copies Skyrim has sold, the estimated or expected numbers are very impressive indeed, especially when you take into consideration it was released a few days after Modern Warfare 3 and it’s a RPG.
Our review is currently in progress, but in the meantime be sure to let us know your thoughts on Bethesda’s epic RPG.