Skyrim Ships 10M Units As 1.3 Patch Launches, Becomes Best-Selling Steam Game Ever

Despite numerous bugs, Bethesda's latest entry in the Elder Scrolls role-playing series, Skyrim, is smashing records with more than ten million units shipped and the title of fastest-selling game ever on Valve's Steam digital distribution platform.

"We are gratified that Skyrim continues to garner high review scores and accolades around the world," said Robert Altman, chairman and CEO of Skyrim publisher ZeniMax Media. "We are most grateful to our fans for their support and enthusiasm for the game, and their love of the hundreds of hours of gameplay it offers. We continue to strive to deliver the highest quality entertainment experience for everyone. 2012 will be another huge year for our fans, with the release of the Creation Kit, as well as exciting DLC which will add to the richness of this epic adventure."

"Skyrim is the fastest selling title in Steam's history," added Jason Holtman, director of business development at Valve Corporation. "Bethesda's commitment to and understanding of the PC as a gaming platform shows in the great review scores, spectacular launch, and continued high player numbers that Skyrim has received. We are delighted that Bethesda chose to use Steamworks to support Skyrim both at retail and digitally."

To address some of the outstanding bugs, Bethesda has released Skyrim 1.3, a patch which fixes some of the errors added in version 1.2, while improving stability, re-implemented magic resistance calculations, fixing bookshelf issues, backward-flying dragons, and Y-look input scaling problems.

A fix for the PlayStation 3 problem of unplayability once the save game reaches a certain size, however, has not yet been addressed by the company.