Skyrim sells 3.5 million in two days, Bethesda expecting huge revenues

The champagne is flowing at Bethesda following the (predictably) successful launch of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. According to its enthusiastic press release today, the open world fantasy epic has shipped over seven million copies, and is expected to garner over $450 million in retail sales.

“We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, Bethesda's parent company. “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.”

Skyrim's launch has been one of the most successful yet for Zenimax. The press release reports over half of the launch copies sold within the first two days, and its release on Valve's online digital distribution service Steam set a new record with over 280,000 concurrent players. Bethesda also touted its sterling record of achieving over 50 perfect review scores for Skyrim, among which include GR's 10/10 judgement.

“Without a doubt, this has been our most ambitious project ever,” said Todd Howard, Skyrim Game Director. “After over three years of development, we’re finally excited to get it into everyone’s hands.”

Let us know if you think Skyrim is worthy of its recent successes (you know, arrow-in-head-glitch notwithstanding).


  • taterboob - November 17, 2011 11:31 p.m.

    Sorry about the huge wall of text, by the way. I tried to space it out, but for whatever reason, the site removed the spacing when I posted the comment.
  • taterboob - November 17, 2011 11:29 p.m.

    I'm playing on PS3, and I'm not seeing many technical problems, aside from the occasional framerate drop. Absolutely amazing game. I didn't expect to like it, but I love it. It makes Red Dead Redemption (my formerly favorite open world game)look tiny by comparison. As of my writing this, I just had an amazing encounter where I was in Dawnstar talking to a Kajit merchant when not one, but TWO dragons randomly attacked the town at once. As I was fighting the dragons, the entire town joined in on the effort. Then, while we were trying to fend the dragons off, a giant entered the fray attacking everybody. That is the definiton of epic, my friends. That's just the tip of the iceburg, too. I've had more awe-inspiring, funny, exciting, scary, touching and unexpected experiences than I can count in the week or so that I've owned it. I'm 30 hours or so in right now, and I know that I've barely made a dent in the game. I haven't even really touched the main quest. I'll never be able to look at other games the same way again, when I wonder how they have the gall to charge the same price as Skyrim with a fraction of the content or quality. Bethesda deserves every bit of success with this game, they've earned it. Skyrim completely blindsided me and wins my personal game of the year declaration by a mile. An amazing feat, considering it's got competition from Arkham City, Uncharted 3, Skyward Sword, Deus Ex and a ton of other colossal games on the shelves right now. If you're sitting on the fence about it right now and have the cash to spare, I implore you to go out and buy Skyrim immediatly. If you're anything like me, it will completely alter your perception of what a video game can be. What a great time to be a gamer!
  • mothbanquet - November 17, 2011 3:13 a.m.

    Well done, Bethesda. I was certain Arkham would get GotY until I laid my hands on it and even now, a week on, I still haven't scratched the surface. A well-deserved GotY nomination from me.
  • Yeager1122 - November 16, 2011 4:29 p.m.

    Best game ive played all year absolutley fantastice live up to all my expectations GOTY hands down.
  • Crabhand - November 16, 2011 3:05 p.m.

    I've been extremely satisfied with Skyrim thus far. I strayed from the main quest hours ago just to explore all of the awesome dungeons. And most of the stuff I've done has only been on the bottom right/bottom middle section of the map. Haven't even come close to seeing all of the cities and towns yet.
  • winner2 - November 16, 2011 2:39 p.m.

    Favorite game i've ever played, hands down.
  • D0CCON - November 16, 2011 1:53 p.m.

    I'm willing to say this is my all-time favorite game. My pic may show I'm biased here, but Skyrim is the first game to check off EVERY box in what a perfect game would be for me. Oblivion came close, but the boring dungeons and generic world held it back. Those problems are gone now. Way to go Bethesda. You guys deserve at least 5 billion copies sold.
  • Leweenie - November 16, 2011 1:41 p.m.

    Just because MW3 sold so well doesn't mean it's not unoriginal and mediocre. I don't know what people see in it. I have played Modern Warfare for a while and I don't think it's that great.
  • Leweenie - November 16, 2011 1:38 p.m.

    The first worthy game Bethesda has released since Fallout 3.
  • D0CCON - November 16, 2011 1:48 p.m.

    Isn't it also the first game Bethesda created since Fallout 3? I'm pretty sure everything else in that time was simply published by them, not developed.
  • TheZigMan - November 16, 2011 5:57 p.m.

    Lol fail. Fallout New Vegas wasn't developed by Bethesda
  • ObliqueZombie - November 16, 2011 1:20 p.m.

    Absolutely one of the best games I've ever played, regardless of genre. I've never felt so fully that a game deserves so much attention and so many awards. Good job, Bethesda. You stand as one of the top developers of our age.
  • jasoncarter - November 16, 2011 1:09 p.m.

    Beyond an improvement from how oblivion was. This is my game of the year.... heck most likely next year too as there just so much to do in it.
  • Ultimadrago - November 16, 2011 12:21 p.m.

    I had my doubts, but..Skyrim just may become my GOTY. Also, Bethesda...please make a Fallout with the Creation engine.
  • Rubblemaker - November 16, 2011 12:08 p.m.

    'and hours of amazing gameplay it provides' Yeah... about 40 odd hours if you're on a PS3. After that your save file becomes so large the game becomes an unplayable slideshow. So to the posters above me, its not well deserved at all. It would be if it was actually playable on all formats but its absolutely not. The game is fundamentally broken for PS3 users. Yep, great if you're not on PS3 but there will be a lot of people who are and they're going to become very vocal in the coming weeks as their save files hit the 6mb mark and they realise they can't play the game anymore. Bethesda, you'd better have a fix for the PS3 save problem in your upcoming patch or the second hand game market is gonna have a lot of PS3 copies of Skyrim sitting in it.
  • db1331 - November 16, 2011 2 p.m.

    LOL, console problems. You're playing the game on a 5 year old computer. If I knew someone complaining about running it on a 5 year old PC, I would tell them to STFU. If these guys are so upset now, just wait until these guys on 360 and PS3 see some of the mods that release in the next few months, like the first proper texture pack that gives the PC version BF3 or Witcher 2-level visuals.
  • TheZigMan - November 16, 2011 5:59 p.m.

    Thats why you don't play it on a shitty console like the PS3. Its PC or 360.
  • mothbanquet - November 17, 2011 3:10 a.m.

    Grow up, guys.
  • TheCakeIsaPie - November 17, 2011 5:10 p.m.

    Yeah, seriously. The problem isn't with the PS3, it's with developers. The PS3 has an 8-core 3.2GHz CPU which makes it much more powerful than virtually all PCs on the market today. You PC elitist douchebags must just be jelly.
  • TheZigMan - November 19, 2011 3:24 a.m.

    If it was a problem with the developer, then the 360 wouldnt be able to play either. Lol and is that processor supposed to impress me? The Ps3 has a 256 mb ram card, and the same for the video card. My computer has an i7 processor, as well as 8 gigabytes of RAM and two separate video cards. Im gonna go play some Skyrim on my PC, while you wait

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