Bethesda has announced that The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has now sold over 20 Million copies worldwide. Bethesda wrote on their official blog post:
The Elder Scrolls 5: Skyrim which was released in November 2011 and enjoyed worldwide critical and commercial success. Skyrim earned hundreds of ‘Game of the Year’ awards and sold over 20 million copies.
None of the Halo titles are in that list, nor any of the Gears of Wars. Not a single Zelda game’s ever come close, and the top-selling installment in Sony’s bestselling PlayStation 2-exclusive franchise, Gran Turismo 3 (and remember that the PS2 is the bestselling game console in history), couldn’t crack 15 million copies.
Even on the PC, granting that the revenue model for a lower-selling game, copy-wise, like World of Warcraft, is another matter, The Sims 2 is merely a sales tie — there’s nothing better-selling.
Games as massive as Skyrim have a lot of replay capacity and people just can’t have enough of them. Although the sale figure is staggering, it isn’t much of a surprise considering the excellent job Bethesda has done with the game.