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The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Sells an Estimated 939K Units First Week at Retail

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition Sells an Estimated 939K Units First Week at Retail - Sales

by William D'Angelo , posted on 22 November 2016 / 53,958 Views

The remastered version of the open world action RPG from Bethesda - The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition - sold 938,734 units first week at retail, according to our estimates. First week sales can be viewed on the VGChartz Global Weekly Chart for the week ending October 29.

Breaking down the sales by platform, the game sold best on the PlayStation 4 with 589,449 units sold (63%), compared to 349,285 units sold on the Xbox One (37%).


Breaking down the sales by region, the game sold best in the US with 417,968 units sold (45%), compared to 354,622 units sold in Europe (38%). Looking more closely at Europe, the game sold an estimated 116,458 units in the UK, 45,876 units in Germany, and 38,760 units in France.

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition released for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One worldwide on October 28.

A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

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StriderKiwi (on 22 November 2016)

Incredible considering it's a 5 year old game releasing in the crowded holiday frame.

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Angelv577 (on 22 November 2016)

Waiting for black friday to get it at $25.

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zuvuyeay (on 22 November 2016)

pretty impressive numbers,bethesda must be pleased,i'll be buying sometime because even though i played for hours & hours & hours i never got close to the end,i spend most of my time sorting through my stuff,i just can't help myself

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jamesmarkus87 (on 22 November 2016)

Unfortunately, due to its massive success, I'll probably have to wait longer for a price drop. I have no interest in paying $79.99 for a game that only cost $69.99 when it was released 5 years ago on previous generation consoles.

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Zkuq jamesmarkus87 (on 23 November 2016)

I'm not seeing prices like that anywhere. It's about $52 on, and it's 60€ on Finnish Playstation Store, which translates to $60 in practice. That said, it's still expensive for a simple remaster.

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jamesmarkus87 jamesmarkus87 (on 23 November 2016)

I live in Canada, so it costs $79.99 here (1 CAD = 0.72 USD).

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Zkuq jamesmarkus87 (on 23 November 2016)

Ah, I see. Still, it's quite strange if it's more expensive than the original since in other regions it seems to cost at most as much as the original did back then.

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Miyamotoo (on 28 November 2016)

Great numbers, definitely Skyrim deserves great sales, I will definitely buy PS4 version of Skyrim and maybe even Switch version of Skyrim. I hope they will do Fallout 3 Remaster also.

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malistix1985 (on 22 November 2016)

Good stuff, I own the game on PC so I got the upgrade for free, but for console-only owners this is really a big upgrade over the X360 and especially the horrible PS3 versions of the game. Sad to see the PS4Pro struggling to hold 30fps on 4k, hope they make a 1080P/60FPS mode for that

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Random_Matt malistix1985 (on 22 November 2016)

With that game engine, unlikely.

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nitus10 malistix1985 (on 22 November 2016)

The only annoying bug in the PS3 (I have the Legendary Edition) version of Skyrim was the 6MB one which is easily fixed by turning off all autosaves. Of course this harkens back to the old school of gaming where you have to save manually and you do learn quickly especially when you loose a few hours of gameplay.

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