When a game’s development cycle is completed after years of hard work, launched into the wild and is accepted by fans, critically acclaimed, awarded prices and generally loved by almost everyone like The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is, it was only a matter of time before the predictable press release from Bethesda — the subject line of which could alternatively read “Achievement Unlocked: Bragging rights!” — hit our inboxes with info on how well the game’s been doing since launch.
In addition to the list below, Bethesda announced that within a week of the Creation Kit’s release, which allows players to create custom content for the game (on PC), over 2500 mods have been published, all of which have collectively been downloaded over two million times via the Skyrim Workshop. For free, we might add.
We’ll go with bullet points on this one:
• Measured by revenue, Skyrim was the second best selling game of 2011.
• Within the first month following its release in November 2011, Bethesda Softworks reported it had shipped over 10 million units across all platforms, accounting for approximately $650 million in retail sales.
• According to Steam data, the average number of hours that a gamer plays Skyrim exceeds 75 hours.
• The PC version outsold all other games on the platform by a factor of over three to one in the month of its release (in North America).
• The game is the fastest selling title in Steam’s history.
• The Xbox 360 version of Skyrim outsold all Xbox 360 exclusive titles in 2011 (again, in North America).
• The PS3 version of Skyrim outsold all PS3 exclusive titles on that platform (not mentioned, but we’re guessing in North America as well).
• Skyrim has been honored with the Game of the Year award at the 2012 Interactive Achievement Awards (IAA), also receiving top honors in categories such as Outstanding Achievement in Gameplay Engineering, Outstanding Achievement in Game Direction, Role-Playing Game of the Year and Outstanding Achievement in Story.
• To date, Skyrim has received over 200 perfect review scores worldwide.
• Skyrim is the third consecutive game developed by the team at Bethesda Game Studios to earn Game of the Year honors (the other two being The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Fallout 3).
The industry has spoken, as it were, but how about you? Tell us your story… (but don’t make us scroll and regret we ever asked *squints at the arrow in the knee*)