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Skyrim Creation Kit Is A Huge Hit, Two Million Mods Downloaded

By Pete Haas 2012-02-14 14:36:20 discussion comments
The Creation Kit for Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has been hugely popular with PC gamers. In the week since its release, they've created more than 2,500 mods for the open-world RPG.

The Skyrim Creation Kit is free to download through Steam. Once players have created new game content, they can share it through the Steam Workshop. The Workshop, also free to access, allows players to browse, rate, and acquire mods easily. Players have downloaded over two million mods, such as Fall of the Space Core, Vol. 1 through the Workshop since its launch.

The popularity of the toolset should be no shock. The game's been massively successful since its November launch. Bethesda said that it outsold all Xbox 360 and PS3 exclusives released last year.

"Worldwide revenues generated by Skyrim have placed it among the industry’s most successful titles, and demand for the title shows no signs of slowing," said today's press release. "Measured by revenue, Skyrim was the second best selling game of 2011, and 2012 sales remain strong, with continuing digital downloads and large shipments of units to retail. Within the first month following its release in November, Bethesda Softworks reported it had shipped over 10 million units of Skyrim across all platforms, representing approximately $650 million in retail sales, and those results have since increased substantially."

Gamers have gotten good use out of their copies of Skyrim, too. Steam data indicates that PC players' average playtime is over 75 hours. User mods should allow them to extend their gameplay experience even longer.

Bethesda said previously that the PS3 and 360 versions of the game may receive the Creation Kit as well. Perhaps the warm reception PC gamers gave it will make that even more likely.
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