Statistics are what makes the world go round; recently the news has been all about Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and how it broke the record for day one sales, which is all well and good, but how does it really stack up to another power house franchise like say Elder Scrolls: Skyrim? To put it straight forward, it doesn’t.
Yes, technically MW3 holds the record for most games sold in a day with 6.5 million copies. The most recent installment of the Elder Scrolls games, Skyrim, sold around 6 million copies its first day as well but is also continuing to sell games at an alarming rate. Within the first week Skyrim sold 7 million copies of their game and are looking to generate another $500 million dollars in retail sales.
It has been mentioned that to a lot of major game producing companies, selling a lot of games is their main point. Well let’s consider this: the more people playing their game, the more likely they will buy follow-up games and expansions. So, with that said, on 11/11/11 MW3 had around 78,000 people playing its multiplayer at its peak, and let’s call it another 42,000 playing its single player. For those of you playing at home, that is 120,000 people playing at once. It is an impressive number until you consider the whopping 230,000 + gamers playing Skyrim. The beauty of what Skyrim is doing is its peak was 230,000 at one time on its first day, but it continues to put up staggering numbers like that.
What we can tell is that people put down their modern assault rifles and picked up an iron sword or charged up a fireball and went to killing dragons. If you have not tried Skyrim yet, I suggest checking out what all the fuss is about. It’s an extremely well made, well polished, and artfully thought out RPG that will enthrall you for hours.