The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim ships 10 million

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skyrim 6.jpgFor a game as gigantic as Bethesda’s role-player The Elder Scolls V: Skyrim, nothing can be more fitting than news of gigantic shipping stats from Bethesda parent company ZeniMax Media.

Today they’ve announced that Skyrim has shipped a whopping 10 million units across the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation, amounting to some $650 million in retail sales.

The publisher is now announcing they’ve been asked for “large retail re-orders”. The game initially shipped 7 million units, 3.5 million of which sold in just 48 hours after the game’s launch.

In an age where we’re continually being reminded of the death of PC gaming, Skyrim has well and truly bucked the trend. Bethesda have revealed that the PC version of Skyrim in North America outsold all other PC games by a magnitude of three to one during November.

It’s also now the fastest-selling title in the history of digital-distribution powerhouse Steam. Owners Valve have revealed that the game set a new Steam record with more than 280,000 concurrent players on Skyrim’s launch day.

Bethesda will continue to support Skyrim well into 2012 with DLC packs, and a DIY-level editor in the shape of the Creation Kit. Looks like the games popularity is set to extend well into the New Year.

For more on Skyrim, visit our review, and if you’re a PC gamer, be sure to check out our guide on how to get the very best graphical experience from the game.

Gerald Lynch
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