Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ships 10 million

Bethesda has updated sales figures of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, claiming it the fastest selling game in Steam history.

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Three million more have flocked to the world of Skyrim over the past month. The game's launch was met with 7 million copies shipped. In the month since release, the game has won Game of the Year at the Spike TV Video Game Awards, and has shipped three million more copies.

Across all three platforms, the game has generated approximately $650 million in retail sales since release according to figures released by Bethesda. In addition, the PC version of Skyrim "outside all other PC games by a factor of over three to one in the month of its release."

Skyrim isn't just a retail success; it's dominating the digital charts as well. Valve's Jason Holtman claims that "Skyrim is the fast selling title in Steam's history," adding "we are delighted that Bethesda chose to use Steamworks to support Skyrim both at retail and digitally."

"We are most grateful to our fans for their support," ZeniMax CEO Robert Altman said in a press release. He then teased that "2012 will be another huge year for our fans, with the release of the Creation Kit, as well as exciting DLC which will add to the richness of this epic adventure."

The Creation Kit will take advantage of Steam Workshop in order to easily enable mod authors to upload their work directly to Steam, where it can be browsed, rated, and installed for free. DLC has yet to be announced, but all add-ons will be exclusive to Xbox 360 first.

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    December 15, 2011 7:15 PM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ships 10 million.

    Bethesda has updated sales figures of The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim, claiming it the fastest selling game in Steam history.

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      December 15, 2011 7:28 PM

      I did my part in helping out, don't regret it i'm happy to say. They really made a nice world to explore, although it's far from perfect it's a hell of alot better than I expected.

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        December 15, 2011 11:16 PM

        I just beat the main quest at 116 hours. Had burnt myself out and speed ran the last few parts of it. Worth every fucking penny.

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          December 16, 2011 3:31 AM

          I'm also at ~130 hours,and I still didn't finish. I just got the email last night for the SWKoR early access, I'm gonna slow down a bit and wait for more mods before I finish as I don't want to rush the end. But, yes, worth every fucking penny indeed!!

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      December 15, 2011 7:28 PM

      I'm still hoping there will be a Christmas sale on it :(

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      December 15, 2011 7:48 PM

      at like 80 hours I'm getting bored. lol.

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        December 15, 2011 8:00 PM

        It's crazy. I've played 62 hours so far, only level 37 and I've juat begun the civil war quests.

        I've had to take a few days off from it so I don't burn out but I could easily see hitting well above 100 satisfactory hours on this game. The crazy thing is I didn't like Oblivion at all, go figure.

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          December 15, 2011 9:47 PM

          That's because Oblivion sucks without a couple dozen mods.

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            December 16, 2011 6:21 AM

            By the time I'm done installing them all I end up not wanting to play anyways.

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        December 15, 2011 9:59 PM

        134 here and slowing down. Either I start again after finals are over or SWTOR kills it off for good.

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        December 15, 2011 10:03 PM

        I haven't played much in the last few days, but I'm over 100 hours and still have tons to do in the game. Now that finals are over, I think I might resume playing it nightly.

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      December 15, 2011 7:55 PM

      You think this game will move more than 10 mil units sold when we look at the numbers 6 months from now?

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        December 15, 2011 8:53 PM

        Yes. I think there are plenty of PC gamers like me who haven't bought it yet, and plenty of console gamers who rented it and plan on buying it later.

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        December 16, 2011 6:22 AM

        Easily.

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      December 15, 2011 8:02 PM

      hot scoops: first skyrim DLC $100 includes entire continent of tamriel

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      December 15, 2011 8:56 PM

      from one of the linked stories in the article...

      According to the announcement, "the first two add-on content drops for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will be releasing on Xbox 360, 30 days before it's available anywhere else."

      whaaaaaaaat??

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        December 15, 2011 9:13 PM

        That doesn't really make a lot of sense... So, Microsoft paid to get early DLC, not exclusive? As if anyone is going to go "ohshi I bought the wrong version! better go buy a copy for XBox and play through the whole fucking game again!!"

        The only thing I can come up with is that they decided to inflict "beta testing" the DLC on the XBox users, since it will probably break something.

        I really liked Skyrim btw.

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          December 15, 2011 9:14 PM

          it's making me feel better about waiting to buy the GOTY edition with all the dlc later.

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        December 15, 2011 10:57 PM

        1 month of exclusivity, nothing new......sigh.....

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      December 15, 2011 9:08 PM

      What be this "outside" of which you speak! Last time I ventured "outside", I .. took an arrow in the knee

      (nb: typo for outsold ?)

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        December 15, 2011 10:58 PM

        where is all this "took an arrow in the knee" coming from? Its almost getting as annoying as Chuck Norris jokes........almost

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      December 15, 2011 11:04 PM

      Amazing for an RPG in this day and age. Really phenomenal, kudos to them!

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      December 15, 2011 11:16 PM

      70 hours in and no end in sight. I'm not sure how much of the main story I have still to go, but I've not touched TDB or Companions questlines for example, and still plenty of areas on the map I've not explored. I'm thinking I'd rush the main story through soon and leave some exploding and questing for a second playthrough on the hardest difficulty. I'm very much a stealth / dagger / bow kind of character now and I'm really wanting to try out a good old fashioned sword/shield guy. Can someone estimate how big a part of the main story I still have remaining:

      I just defeated the main dragon for the first time on top of the mountain after getting the scroll.

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      December 15, 2011 11:30 PM

      102 hours in..level 21.. Just completed blackreach. During the day I miss lydia:P

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      December 15, 2011 11:59 PM

      On the PC? Because Modern Warfare 3 is on Steam too and that must have sold more than Skyrim.

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        December 16, 2011 12:19 AM

        lol dude no not on the PC.

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          December 16, 2011 5:21 AM

          lolz dudez, go back to WoW, MW3 or wherever you came from.

          Hint: Steam doesn't yet exist on consoles. Steam is the source to the 10 million quote.

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            December 16, 2011 5:29 AM

            please quote where it says these sales are on steam

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            December 16, 2011 5:30 AM

            what is this post

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            December 16, 2011 5:52 AM

            10 million total, all platforms. The only steam specific quote is "fastest selling title in Steam's history." Hint: reading comprehension is a useful skill to have.

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        December 16, 2011 2:33 AM

        Don't have any figures or anything but just by checking the Steam top 10 selling games each day and the daily peak concurent players since they launched, Skyrim has consistantly been way ahead.

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        December 16, 2011 2:33 AM

        Why would Valve lie about that?

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        December 16, 2011 4:37 AM

        Every fucking player on my Friends list has played Skyrim at some point. I think I've only seen MW3 pop up once or twice.

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        December 16, 2011 4:39 AM

        you can't buy console games through steam if that's what you're saying

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      December 16, 2011 12:09 AM

      took me 121 hours from start to finish doing all the side quests i could find.
      despite the terrible amount of bugs that i have no idea how they couldn't notice, this is a very very good game, probably one of the best of this generations. sits right next to portal 2 and mass effect 1 and 2 on my shelf