Take-Two has confirmed to Eurogamer that PC and Xbox 360 RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has been delayed and won't now be hitting the shops until next year.

A spokesperson told us that the game is now down for a release in Q2 of the company's financial year, and should be out in Europe in February.

In a statement, Take-Two CEO Paul Eibeler said: "We are moving the launch of Elder Scrolls IV to our second [financial] quarter, based on the Bethesda Softworks requiring additional development time to ensure the title meets gamers' high expectations for this popular franchise."

So much for Bethesda's statement just a few weeks ago, then, which said that the game's release date was "still holidays this year." "Holidays" meaning "Christmas" in American, of course.

Elder Scrolls IV was on show at X05 last month and looking very pretty indeed - as you'll know if you've seen the screenshots. Let's just hope it's worth the wait...

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