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Elder Scrolls: Skyrim Sells 3.5 Million Copies Within 48 Hours of Release

The new Elder Scrolls: Skyrim has sold 3.5 million copies in the first 48 hours of its launch.

According to an article (opens in new tab) on Geek, game publisher Bethseda Softworks, made 7 million copies available for PC, Xbox and PS 3 platforms on the day the highly awaited game launched.

Little did they know the game would sell more than half in the first two days. In comparison, the last game in the series, Oblivion, reached the 3 million mark in January 2007, after being launched in March 2006.

In selling all 7 million initial units, the game publisher would have generated around $450 million sales. However, the game's sales figures are soaring not only because of the hype that surrounds it, but also because it is actually pretty good.

On the popular critic rating website, Metacritic, users have given Skyrim 95 percent on PC, 96 percent on Xbox 360 and 94 percent on PlayStation 3.

"We are grateful for the fans' response to Skyrim," said Robert Altman, Chairman and CEO of ZeniMax Media, the parent company of Bethseda Softworks.

"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," he added.