The developers over at Bethesda made their dedication clear a long time ago, stating that nothing would keep The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim from releasing on November 11, 2011. And while many doubted that a fantasy RPG would be a true threat to the gaming juggernaut that is Call of Duty, with its latest Modern Warfare 3 releasing just a few days before, fans knew the truth. It seems that PC fans weren’t swayed by the star-studded advertising surrounding MW3, as concurrent Steam users for Skyrim totaled over 230,000 in the first 24 hours of release, obliterating the 80,000 enjoyed by the military shooter.

It isn’t surprising to see that so many gamers recognized how unique and incredible an experience would be awaiting them from Bethesda, and our review showed that it didn’t disappoint. What is surprising is the sheer discrepancy between the numbers of the two different franchises. With Steam reporting concurrent Skyrim players of approximately 232,000 in the first day, and MW3 players of 78,000, one could deduce that in the end, PC gamers were all too ready to puruse their desire for dragon-slaying over that of shooting people. That didn’t exactly hinder MW3 from breaking release records, mind you.

We won’t go into speculating on what these numbers might mean for the future of the Call of Duty franchise since it’s too soon to tell, but the PC version of the game has taken the brunt of the attacks waged by disgruntled metacritic users., so they may have been all too ready to move on. Then again, we have our own doubts about their arguments.

In the end though, this fact is one worth celebrating, since Skyrim took its expansive and immersive story-driven world of fantasy right to the doorstep of the embodiment of mainstream video gaming, and fans showed their support in an overwhelming fashion. While the be-all-end-all of scripted shooters offered another top notch experience (check out our review), PC fans spent their first day choosing to delve into the infinite quests of The Elder Scrolls‘ fifth installment instead.

We would recommend that both games be played by interested gamers, since they are each among the best of the year. But if you’re not a serious fan of online multiplayer, there’s really no questioning which game offers the most bang for your buck. What do you think of the Steam discrepancy? Have PC fans shown their love of fantasy role-playing yet again, or is there some factor being overlooked? Leave us your thoughts in the comments.

Both The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3 are available now for PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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Source: Steam (via PCGamer)

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