The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim was released for little over a month, and already the NPD group has revealed that it’s almost going to overtake the lifetime sales figures of its predecessor, Oblivion.
Skyrim impressed lots of gamers when it was released on November 11, selling more than 3.5 million copies in its first 48 hours of retail availability. The sales momentum was continued throughout the month of November, with Skyrim
managing to come in second place after the sales behemoth
that is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
“In one month, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim is just about half a million units shy of matching Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion in lifetime sales,” NPD's Anita Frazier revealed, via Industry Gamers
. “Its first month performance was a five-fold increase over Oblivion’s first month sales. The game garnered outstanding review scores.”
This is definitely great news for Bethesda as well as for triple-A titles that only have a single-player mode, proving that customers will still buy experiences even if they can’t play them with or against their friends.