Record Breaking Sales of Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Huge Demand for Highly Acclaimed Next-Generation Game

Apr 10, 2006, 01:00 ET from Bethesda Softworks

    ROCKVILLE, Md., April 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Bethesda Softworks(R)
 announced that its hit title, The Elder Scrolls(R) IV: Oblivion(TM) has
 achieved record sales, reflecting huge market demand for the title. Over
 1.7 million units of Oblivion for the PC and Xbox 360(TM) video game and
 entertainment system from Microsoft have been shipped since the launch of
 the game.
     In North America, Oblivion has become the fastest selling game released
 on Xbox 360. The NPD Group Inc reports Oblivion PC as the best selling PC
 game, while the Oblivion Collectors Edition is ranked number 2. NPD reports
 that Oblivion represented approximately 13% of all PC game sales in the
 first week of it release, more than four times the sales volume of the next
 best selling title. (The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind(R), the
 highly-regarded predecessor to Oblivion, remains one of the top 25 best
 selling PC games nearly four years after its release, according to NPD).
 European results have been similarly strong with Oblivion quickly becoming
 ranked the number one selling title in the UK, Germany and France.
     Oblivion has earned high praise and awards from publications around the
 world. Official Xbox Magazine (US) gave Oblivion a 9.5 out of 10 and an
 Editor's Choice award, calling Oblivion "An Absolute Masterpiece." PC Gamer
 (US) awarded it an Editor's Choice Award and a score of 95%, calling it "a
 classic" and "one of the best RPGs ever made." And the largest circulation
 gaming magazine in the world, Game Informer, gave Oblivion 9.5 out of 10
 and said, "The bar for the next generation of RPGs has just been set."
     Reaction around the world has been equally laudatory. Oblivion has been
 featured on more than 30 magazine covers in the US, UK, France, Italy,
 Spain, Australia, Benelux, and other countries. The leading PC game
 magazine in Great Britain rated it a "Must Buy" and said Oblivion "is one
 of those rare and wonderful treats of gaming that's so recklessly ambitious
 and staggeringly accomplished that it makes even great games ... seem
 small-minded and clumsy by comparison."
     Oblivion is currently the #1 ranked Xbox 360 game and the #1 ranked PC
 game on both and MetaCritic and
 GameRankings are sites that calculate a ranking of games based on review
 scores published by recognized print, broadcast, and online media outlets
 around the world.
     Oblivion was released in five different languages -- English, French,
 German, Spanish and Italian -- and packaged as a regular edition and a
 collector's edition in North America, Europe, Australia, and parts of Asia.
 Bethesda Softworks' 368-page Official Game Guide offers hints and
 strategies to those playing the game, and has experienced unusually
 favorable attach ratios to game sales. The book was ranked #10 on the
 Amazon list of bestselling books in the first week after release.
     The long-awaited Oblivion represents the quintessential role-playing
 experience for the next-generation of gaming, inviting gamers into the
 sprawling environments of Tamriel, the most vibrant game-world ever
 created. With a powerful combination of free-form gameplay, unprecedented
 graphics, cutting edge AI, character voices by well known actors, and a
 masterful musical score, gamers can choose to unravel Oblivion's epic
 narrative or simply explore the vast landscape in search of their own
 unique challenges.
     The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB and is
 available for both the PC and Xbox 360 in regular and collector's editions.
 For more information on The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, visit
     About Bethesda Softworks
     Headquartered in Rockville, MD, Bethesda Softworks LLC, a subsidiary of
 ZeniMax Media Inc., is a premier developer and publisher of interactive
 entertainment software and has produced numerous award-winning titles.
 Among Bethesda's more popular franchises are The Elder Scrolls(R) series
 and Fallout(R), as well as its licensed properties, Pirates of the
 Caribbean(TM) and Star Trek(R). Its product line spans the sports, racing,
 RPG, strategy, and action genres. For more information on Bethesda
 Softworks' products, visit
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