Skyrim Ships 7 Million Units


Skyrim has gotten over 50 perfect review scores, and has shipped 7 million copies across the three platforms! I am currently loving the game, and let me tell you, all the anticipation was worth it. Skyrim is truly amazing!

Hit the jump for the full Press Release on Skyrim’s success.

Press Release:

November 16, 2011 (Rockville, MD) –ZeniMax® Media Inc. today announced that Bethesda Softworks’® award-winning title, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, has enjoyed an enthusiastic reception by gamers across the globe. After shipping seven million units of Skyrim for the Xbox 360® video game entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC, Skyrim’s launch units are expected to generate more than $450 million in global retail sales.

With tens of thousands of fans lining up at retail outlets at midnight on 11/11/11 to purchase the game, Skyrim continued to record strong sales following its release. More than 50% of launch units were sold in the first 48 hours and Bethesda Softworks has been receiving large reorders from major retailers in North America, and across Europe and Australia. Online activity has been notable, with Steam reporting that in the first 24 hours of its release, Skyrim set a record with over 280,000 concurrent players, far outdistancing all other titles.

“We are grateful for the fans’ response to Skyrim,” said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media. “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 eagerly-awaited title has garnered more than 50 perfect review scores, earning praise from some of the industry’s most influential and respected critics including: USA Today, G4TV, GameSpy, Wired, Eurogamer, Destructoid, GamePro, Official Xbox Magazine, Joystiq, The Guardian, and GamesRadar. G4TV describes Skyrim as “one of the greatest games ever made” and Eurogamer was one of many outlets to call it a “masterpiece.”

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

Developed by Bethesda Game Studios®, the makers of the 2006 Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion®, and 2008 Game of the Year, Fallout® 3, Skyrim reimagines and revolutionizes the open-world fantasy epic, bringing to life a complete virtual world for you to explore any way you choose.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been rated M for Mature by ESRB. For more information on Skyrim visit http://elderscrolls.com.


Written by: Oly - Senior PR Manager


  1. #1 by Pedro on November 16th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    More importantly 3.5 million units sold in the first 48 hours. Very impressive!

    Can’t wait to check it out myself.

  2. #2 by dragon290513 on November 16th, 2011 [ 7218 Points ]

    nice! and here i am still playing Oblivion =)

  3. #3 by premiersoupir on November 16th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    amazing game. I’ve spent, I dunno, maybe fifteen hours in the game so far, and I haven’t contributed any time toward main quest. I just finished working through the mage guild quest line, and I occasionally wander around random dungeons.

    the game is surprisingly hard at first! (at least for a mage.) but I appreciate that the game makes it entirely possible to play a purebred mage if one likes, unlike oblivion, where one almost had to go battlemage to be competitive.

  4. #4 by Pedro on November 16th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @premiersoupir what are your thoughts on it? I’ve been hearing magic is so much fun, but I wanted to go battlemage (my favorite class in ANY rpg) but the perk system is proving to be a bit constraining in that matter, since i really want to go all out with smithing and enchanting too, because i love crafting hehehe

    i’ve been putting some thought into it since i don’t have the game yet… right now i’m thinking dual wielding, but honestly, i just want to play the game…

  5. #5 by premiersoupir on November 16th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    I loved my battlemage build in oblivion. I had an array of badass custom enchanted weaponry, as well as awesome crafted spells. you can’t craft spells this time, which sucks, but oh well. also item enchantment has been watered down some (have to deconstruct enchanted items to learn their enchantment, and you can only effectively have one enchantment on each item that you create.) I dunno, I’m not dumping any perk points into smithing or enchanting, but I’m certainly doing both, and as I level up those skills, it helps to level up my character. I am actually putting some points in lockpicking (which I don’t typically do) as I’d someday like the perks that give more gold in chests and higher probability of dropping rare items.

    but I’m loving the magic system that rewards pure magery. you can get perks that overcharge spells when you dual-wield them. (so instead of fireball in right hand and sword in left, you can go dual fireball and then cast at the same time for a super fireball.) also, there are cool perks that do things like give your protection spells buffs if you’re not wearing any armor. so I can actually run around in my archmage robes and be more secure than if I’d donned light armor — I just have to make sure that I dualcast a stoneskin just before I think I’m about to go into battle, wait a few seconds for my mana to recharge, then open that ominous door.

    so far the toughest part about being a mage is that as I’m not dumping any points into stamina, my encumbrance threshold is stupidly low, and I can’t carry much. oh well.

  6. #6 by Darklurkr23 on November 16th, 2011 [ 23156 Points ]

    And I still haven’t played #4. Good to hear from Bethesada. I mean Fallout sucks it big time, but everybody seems to be going bat shit over this game. So at least games are selling Never really want to see anything fail ya know? I’m gonna have to find this thing in a contest or something if it’ sso amazing XD

  7. #7 by Pedro on November 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    @premiersoupir I think is awesome that you can play a pure mage, but I’m a bit tired of mages right now, last 4 playtroughs on Demon’s Souls (for the platinum) and the last 6 for Dark Souls, all in the last couple months I played as a pure mage. I wan’t to go full tank on this one ;p
    And I’m a hoarder so high stamina is a must! hahaha
    Either way, I think I’ll be saving my perk points for when I’m over level 20 or something so I won’t spend in something i later change my mind about.

    @Darklurkt23 how dare you talk trash about Fallout? It is one of the most amazing games of this generation, specially 3.

  8. #8 by premiersoupir on November 17th, 2011 [ 17020 Points ]

    Man, my mage was getting her hindquarters handed to her for a while — it was the perks that saved her. I’m not sure that you could hoard perks for twenty levels. But yeah, it sounds like you should play a tank. Or an archer could be fun (as I don’t know about you, but I like having ranged capabilities).

  9. #9 by Pedro on November 17th, 2011 [ 39949 Points ]

    Here’s the thing, I’ve played every Bethesda game this gen as a sneaky ranged char. Oblivion I played sneak and bow (and got my ass handed back to me frequently on those pesky oblivion gate missions), Fallout 3 and NV I played the same way, sneak and sniper.

    Usually the crits are so huge you kill everything in one hit without having to worry about movement or armor, I love doing this, but I’m up for a little change and I’m kind of tired of magic right now, so that’s the main reason I’ll be playing tank. Also, on my last run of NV I played a tank Remnants Armor and Super Sledge, and that was A LOT of fun, so this is also pulling me towards a tank build.

    Anyway, I’ll probably be playing this a few times through (played Fallout 3 and NV about 5 times each) so yeah, I can do magic some other time ;p

    I hope I can hoard the perks though, I’ll certainly give magic a try since it’s been improved in a way that sounds amazing to me and maybe if I feel like go down that road without compromising any points, since they’re limited (which kind of sucks if you compare it to Oblivion where you could reign supreme with all skills maxed), but yeah, it seems like doing this might be difficult, since the game is probably balanced to take those hefty bonuses into consideration.

    Which difficult are you playing anyway? I plan on playing in on the harder difficult available, wish there was a Hardcore mode like NV, man, that playthrough was FUN!


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