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