Skyrim set to make $450 million from launch

Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim looks set to bring in almost half a billion dollars for developer Bethesda. While that isn't quite the figure Modern Warfare 3 bagged, it does show that the market isn't solely dominated by FPS sales.

Bethesda shipped some seven million copies of the game to retailers for the launch of the RPG. According to parent company Zenimax, over half of these units were sold within 48 hours of the game's launch, lending some credence to the large financial claims.

GamePro is also reporting that around 280,000 players were noted to be playing Skyrim at the same time on Steam alone. This of course doesn't take into consideration non-Steam users, console players and those that were taking a quick break at the time of checking.

"We are grateful for the fans' response to Skyrim," said chairman and CEO at ZeniMax, Robert Altman. "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."

With over 50 perfect reviews, it's understandable why the game would continue to sell well, though the pedigree of the series would also have contributed quite a chunk to the early game sales - as well as marketing, of course.