Skyrim Launch Expected to Hit $450 Million, 7 Million Units Shipped

Bethesda parent Zenimax has issued a press release detailing just how big a splash The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has made with its 11-11-11 release — despite being kinda … buggy.

The release says that Skyrim is expected to rake in about $450 million from its launch worldwide, with better than 50 percent of sales coming in the first 48 hours the game was available on Xbox 360, Playstation 3 and PC. But the release doesn’t have any definitive sales numbers yet — it only says that Bethesda shipped some 7 million copies of Skyrim on all platforms. Clearly, they expected somebody to buy all those copies.

Skyrim also set a record on Steam, clocking in more than 280,000 concurrent players in its first 24 hours available, according to Valve. Apparently, that’s more than any other game on the service.

So yeah. A lot of people like Skyrim. You probably didn’t need me to tell you that. But if you’re one of the bajillion people playing it, you might benefit from our walkthrough.

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