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Skyrim Launch Turns Unexpectedly Hot, Shortages Appear

Bethesda Softworks newest license to print money -- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim -- has enjoyed an enthusiastic reception by gamers across the globe it seems, and despite word of shortages in some locations, you have to be impressed by the numbers: after shipping seven million units of Skyrim for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC, Skyrim's launch units are expected to generate more than $450 million in global retail sales.

Skyrim continued to record strong sales following its release, with tens of thousands of fans lining up at retail outlets at midnight on 11/11/11 to purchase the game, and the fact that more than 50% of the launch units were sold in the first 48 hours is a clear indication of the strength that the title has in the growing heat for Game of the Year.

While stronger than anticipated demand in some areas has created shortages, Bethesda Softworks has confirmed that it has been receiving large reorders from major retailers in North America, and across Europe and Australia, so any shortages that maintain are expected to be brief -- which is good news for the gamers who did not manage to snag a copy of the newest chapter in the saga this week.

The shortages effect the console versions of the game -- PS3 and Xbox 360 -- as PC gamers have the option of going with digital delivery online. Digital game dealer Steam is 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, parent company of Bethesda. "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: 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."

While the high praise is certainly deserved, the launch of the game has not gone completely smooth -- gamers playing the Xbox 360 version have discovered that when they install the game to their hard drive it develops graphics issues that have been characterized as annoying and ugly -- though Bethesda is aware of the problem and is working on a fix to be included in the next update for the game, though no date has been set as of yet.

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

Was your local shop sold out? Have you had trouble finding a copy? Why not comment below?

Posted: 16th Nov 2011 by CMBF
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