The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

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The environments of massive open-world games, particularly in recent years, have been rightly praised for their representation, scale and design accuracy. However, there are some gems at the other end of the spectrum - environments that make you feel cramped, tense and desperate for a break. This is an approach to environment design utilised in our real-world, from gardens to architecture, and is mirrored excellently in some game environments, creating areas that trap us in cramped, claustrophobic conditions.

Don't expect a Skyblivion beta or release until 2018

Don't expect a Skyblivion beta or release until 2018

It's like a Daggerfall through my heart.

A new 2017 video shows the ambitious Skyblivion project - The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion recreated as a Skyrim mod - going from strength to strength. Apparently the increased attention has attracted more voluntary help so progress has sped as a result.

But, whew, Skyblivion is taking on a lot. Hardly a small game, Oblivion, is it? When on earth are we going to be able to play this? I asked the Skyblivion team for an update.

"At this point the base game is done," Kyle Rebel, project PR, told me. "this means Oblivion's game has been completely recreated and can be explored freely.

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The Elder Scrolls 4: Oblivion is now on Xbox One backward compatibility, an excellent excuse to relive its signature moments. And that means even if seeing them demands a considerable investment of time and, depending on your tolerance for bugs that were never squashed, the uncanny valley horrors of its famously potato-faced population, and the sheer early-gen jankiness of it all, sanity. Playing a game from the early days of the 360 is like watching 90s television: you wonder how we ever coped. You can see how we got from there to here, but it's painful to go back.

FeatureSaturday Soapbox: The Scourge of Free to Play*

*A small cover charge may apply.

It was Oblivion's horse armour that set the alarm bells off for me. There was a mixture of amusement and incredulity, which quickly descended into horror as the numbers started rolling in. It was the beginning of a fragmentation from the boxed product you'd scurried away from the shops to greedily indulge yourself in, towards one where a breadcrumb trail of further expenditure lay between you and completion of an adventure.

Oblivion 5th anniversary ed UK bound?

New BBFC rating suggests so.

A new BBFC rating for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition has popped up online, suggesting UK gamers may soon see the launch of the 5th anniversary edition of the sprawling fantasy RPG.

Todd Howard working on two new games

Next feels "like you have a new console".

Bethesda Game Studios is already designing the game it will make after the one the team is currently working on - which itself has yet to be announced, executive producer Todd Howard has told Eurogamer.

FeatureBethesda's Todd Howard

On the new game, the one after that, and ladders.

Before Eurogamer sits down with Todd Howard at QuakeCon to bully him into talking about his new game, we catch his panel with Tim Willits from id Software and Jason West and Vince Zampella from Respawn Entertainment.

Bethesda mentions WOW-like MMO

Elder hell do we know what it is?

Bethesda is working on a "World of Warcraft type MMO", according to legal papers submitted in a court case between the company and Interplay.

All Oblivion DLC now half-price

Except Horse Armor, which costs double.

Bethesda, excited by the onset of spring, has halved the price all Oblivion Xbox 360 DLC. All except Horse Armor, that is, which now costs double.

Wizard's Tower top-selling Oblivion DLC

On Live. Horse Armor in at nine. Neigh!

Wizard's Tower is the most popular premium downloadable for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on Xbox Live, according to developer Bethesda Softworks. (Hrm, this sounded more interesting before we started typing.)

Microsoft reduces DLC prices

Up to 60 per cent off certain bundles.

Microsoft has significantly lowered the price of many popular DLC bundles on Xbox Live as part of a special promotion called Extended Play Download Days.

Elder Scrolls MMO in works?

New website suggests so.

Bethesda has registered the new website address elderscrollsonline.com, suggesting that the MMO project it is working on is based on its hit role-playing series.

US Shivering Isles PS3 disc

No word on Europe yet.

PS3-owning fans of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion keen to see what happens on those fabled Shivering Isles without forking out for the Game Of The Year edition will finally get the chance to do so next month, as Bethesda Softworks has announced plans to release a retail PS3 version of the expansion on 20th November.

Last Oblivion DLC on Monday

Inherit a Castle.

Bethesda vocal-chord Pete Hines has revealed that the last ever piece of downloadable content for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will be available on Monday.

Shivering Isles 360 box coming

Bundled with Knights of Nine.

Bethesda has announced it will be offering those of you without Live access a chance to play the Oblivion expansion Shivering Isles.

Two of the industry's leading storytellers have said games shouldn't try to develop more complex stories because designers haven't figured out a way to make it work yet, GamesIndustry.biz reports.

X360 v PS3 Multiformat Face-Off, Round Three

Once again Eurogamer bravely ventures into the no-man's-land of cross-platform games development with the latest in our ongoing PlayStation 3 vs Xbox 360 features.

The objectives here are very straightforward. Due to the way that code is distributed by the publishers, Eurogamer tends to review the Xbox 360 games first, so the main aim is to play 'catch-up' and provide additional platform-specific commentary where appropriate. We're interested in any gameplay differences, along with peripheral or feature support exclusive to a particular console. But additionally, we're also keen on charting the progress of cross-format development more generally, so we also provide technical observations and comparison shots that highlight the similarities and differences between the various versions.

As always we do our best to ensure that the screenshots we take are of the utmost quality. Thanks to the arrival of a plush, new, slightly quieter Xbox 360 Elite (reviewed previously) and its all-important direct digital output, we're able to provide all screenshots on both formats via lossless 24-bit HDMI, hooked up to a HD capture unit, captured at both 720p and 1080p where appropriate.

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Shivering Isles fixed

PC and X360 patches available.

Bethesda Softworks has finally released a patch for Oblivion expansion Shivering Isles to fix the "FormID" bug that was ruining some people's games.

GAME refuses Oblivion PS3

Retailer won't stock it.

Leading High Street retailer GAME is refusing to stock copies of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the PlayStation 3, GamesIndustry.biz is reporting.

Oblivion 'not possible' on Wii

But Bethesda's keen on the kit.

Bethesda's Pete Hines has admitted that it's "not possible" to port Oblivion over to Nintendo Wii, but he's in no rush to rule out a Bethesda Wii game for the future.

Ubi down to two PS3 launch titles

Ubi down to two PS3 launch titles

Oblivion, GRAW 2, Double Agent, Rainbow Six all for later.

Ubisoft's ranks of PlayStation 3 launch titles were reduced yesterday as Splinter Cell: Double Agent slipped a week, Rainbow Six: Vegas and Ghost Recon Advanced Warfighter 2 both disappeared into the distance and The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion ran away for a month.

Blazing Angels and Enchanted Arms will both still be available in three days' time, at PS3's 23rd March launch, but Double Agent will only arrive on the 30th, while Oblivion is now down for 27th April. Ubisoft declined to comment on why the latter - released in the US this week - had slipped.

Meanwhile, the French publisher's latest schedule lists Rainbow Six: Vegas as "spring" (not the PS3's favourite word) while GRAW 2 is down for "June", whenever that is.

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The Eurogamer TV Show - Episode 8

GRAW for real, Oblivion PS3, Xbox goes urban and ATEI 2007.

Ever fancied taking part in a live action video game? Us neither, since it generally seems to involve smart-arse students with nothing better to do . Ubisoft's invitation to such an event, however, was not one to dismiss lightly.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Remind yourself of Bethesda's brilliant masterpiece.

What is there to say about The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion? What can possibly be left to say about a game that came out about a year ago, wowing the critics (with average review scores of over 90% and a rare 10 out of 10 from Eurogamer), winning about a gazillion game of the year awards, and selling over 3 million copies? That's the problem facing anybody writing a preview of the forthcoming PlayStation 3 conversion of Bethesda's RPG masterpiece, which is due to be released in March to accompany the launch of the console (in advance of a PSP title set in the Elder Scrolls universe which is set to appear later this year, hopefully).

Bethesda can't see past RPGs

Quite happy just doing them.

Those of you who enjoy a good bout of rat-punching, like myself, will be pleased to hear that Bethesda has no plans to move out of the role-playing genre, according to voice-of-the-company Pete Hines.

Oblivion expansion details

Oblivion expansion details

Madness of Prince Sheogorath.

Early magazine previews have spilled details about Oblivion's first real expansion, Shivering Isles.

We assume it's Xbox 360, PS3 and PC bound, though Bethesda has yet to come forward and confirm the game.

Unfortunately our biggest wish seems to have been denied, as the team looks to have chosen to focus on new content rather than overhaul some of the existing and flawed gameplay mechanics. It seems you PC gamers will still hold the upper hand in this sense, enhancing your experience with user-created mods.

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Knights of the Nine on sale

For PC this time.

Oblivion's PC owning fans can now buy and download the Knights of the Nine expansion pack from developer Bethesda Softworks' website.

Oblivion expansion released

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion expansion Knights of the Nine is now available to download from Xbox Live Marketplace for 800 Microsoft points (GBP 6.80 / EUR 9.30).

Featuring a significant new quest line, new enemies and items, Knights of the Nine is the biggest add-on Bethesda has released for the game so far.

A boxed PC version, featuring all the previous Oblivion add-on items (yes, horse armour and everything), is due for release this Friday in Europe through co-publisher Ubisoft.

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Oblivion PS3 delayed

Knights of the Nine clarified.

Bethesda Softworks has revealed that the PlayStation 3 version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has been delayed until the first quarter of 2007.

Oblivion expansion is dirt cheap

Oblivion expansion is dirt cheap

Ten dollars on PC and 360.

Xbox 360 and PC owning Oblivion fans wondering how much that new Knights of the Nine expansion is going to end up setting them back can rest easy - it's only going to cost US$ 9.99, or 800 Microsoft points on Xbox.

That's because Oblivion developer Bethesda "still considers" the Knights of the Nine add-on "downloadable content" rather than a full expansion. That's despite it adding "another 10-20 hours of gameplay" in the words of Bethesda's Pete Hines.

Indeed, you can already read a few details and check out some screenshots on OblivionDownloads.com, where the PC version will be sold from 21st November, while Xbox 360 owners should keep an eye on Marketplace around then.

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Oblivion PS3 content shared

360/PC owners getting it soon.

Xbox 360 and PC owners smarting at the introduction of a whole expansion's worth of content into the PlayStation 3 launch-title version of Oblivion can stop their sobbing - Bethesda's going to take care of you too.

Oblivion PS3 will look nicer

A bit anyway. DLC also planned.

The PlayStation 3 version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will benefit from technical advances made since the game shipped on Xbox 360 and PC earlier this year, in addition to offering the new "Knights of the Nine" quest announced last month.

Oblivion set for PS3 launch

Oblivion set for PS3 launch

With PSP version next spring.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will be a PlayStation 3 launch title in both North America this November and Europe next March.

Developer/publisher Bethesda Softworks confirmed the long-standing rumour this week, and will publish the game itself in the US while Ubisoft serves as co-publisher in Europe.

The company also revealed that a PSP instalment, The Elder Scrolls Travels: Oblivion, is in development and should be released in the US and Europe next spring.

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No Oblivion expansion yet

No Oblivion expansion yet

White Stallion reports denied.

Bethesda Softworks has denied reports that it's developing an expansion pack called Knights of the White Stallion for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Earlier this week US retailer Gamestop posted a page claiming a PC expansion of that name would be released on November 21 for $19.99.

But that's not the case, Bethesda eventually admitted. "There's no expansion in development called Knights of the White Stallion. That's the name of a quest in Oblivion," PR and marketing man Pete Hines told GamersReports.

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Vampiric delights for Oblivion

Vile Lair expansion announced.

Bethesda is throwing more content into the world of Oblivion this week, this time focusing on the night walker community with a secret underwater lair for those afflicted with vampirism.

Oblivion multiplayer mod

Deathmatch and CTF planned.

Some enterprising soul studying computer science has put together a modification that allows two people to run around The Elder Scrolls: Oblivion together.

Mehrunes' Razor released

Yet more Oblivion content.

The Mehrunes' Razor dungeon Bethesda trailed a fortnight ago for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has been released on PC and Xbox 360. It's $2.99 for the PC version, which requires a recent patch to work, and apparently costs 250 Microsoft points if you want to play through it on Xbox 360 - although I can't test that right now because my 360 keeps freezing up in disgust this morning.

Oblivion PC patched

Oblivion PC patched

Bug fixes, mainly.

Bethesda's released its promised Oblivion patch, sorting out a number of bugs in the PC version of its critically acclaimed RPG.

Although an Xbox 360 patch isn't out yet (expect an "auto-update" soon, obviously), the PC one is quite slight, at just 1.6MB, and deals with obvious problems like infinite gold bugs and the ability to duplicate items.

It also sorts out some more serious things like problems with save-games (apparently down to using the Tab key during character name-creation), as well as keyboard, input device and other silly Windows problesm.

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Oblivion patch this week

Oblivion patch this week

Bug-fixes and so on.

Plenty of folks playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion have nothing but good to say about it, but there are some who look upon things differently - people who view all this downloadable content nonsense as a bit poor taste given the various bugs that have still yet to be ironed out.

Well, hopefully that's going to be sorted out soon - with a patch due for release on PC and Xbox 360 this week according to Bethesda Softworks PR head Pete Hines.

Speaking to 1UP last week, Hines said that an official patch is in the final stages of development and certification, and that the developer's also looking at options to get it to people on Xbox 360 who don't subscribe to Live. "We'll make it available via whatever means are out there for any game to get updates to people playing the game," he said - and yes, that might include bundling it with an official mag.

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Good news for those of you who've exhausted your horses, Orreries, Wizard's Towers, Thieves' Dens and, you know, the rest of Oblivion: Bethesda's announced the next round of downloadable content for its gigantic Xbox 360 and PC RPG.

Thieves Den for Oblivion

More content.

Finished Elder Scrolls Oblivion? Not any more you haven't! Because Bethesda's just released some more of its downloadable content.

'No plans' for more Oblivion

Bethesda on PS3/PSP rumour.

Bethesda Softworks says it has no plans to do PSP and PS3 versions of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, despite what some-bloke-on-a-forum said. (Yep.)

Wizard's Tower for Oblivion

Plus, Oldblivion for manky PCs.

Oblivion fans who've exhausted the Orrery quest and have had enough fun with their shiny horses can now get their hands on The Wizard's Tower quest.

Oblivion PC Orrery available

Proper Orrery-show.

Those of you playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion using a PC can download the extra content we talked about yesterday - and to add to the indignity of coming second to the Xbox 360 people in getting-it-quickly terms, you're paying $1.89 rather than 150 Microsoft points. Which is god only knows what in old money.

Oblivion Orrery available

For X360. Bit cheaper this time.

Oblivion fans playing the Xbox 360 version have the option to buy another bit of downloadable content this week - and for slightly less than the horse armour update released a fortnight ago.

Oblivion's very popular

As in, not just with you.

As Take-Two announces that more than 1.7 million copies of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion have now been shipped, market research firm NPD has reported that it's the fastest-selling Xbox 360 game released so far in North America.

Oblivion horse for PC gamers

Plus details on future DLC.

Elder Scrolls developer Bethesda's unveiled e-commerce site obliviondownloads.com, where owners of the PC version of new title Oblivion can purchase downloadable content made available to their Xbox cousins.

Oblivion horse armour on Live

For just under two quid.

Those of you playing The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion on Xbox 360 can log onto Xbox Marketplace today and get your grubby gauntlets on some armour for your horse - providing you're happy to pay 200 points, or £1.70, for the privilege.

FeatureUK Charts: Elder's finally shown respect

Fourth Elder Scrolls keeps EA from the top spot.

Take 2's hugely acclaimed RPG The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has gone in at number one in the UK sales chart, beating off competition from EA's new release The Godfather, which takes second place.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

The overwhelming thing about Oblivion isn't knowing where to start, but when to stop. It's an adventure game in the purest sense of the word in its effortless capacity to give the player a seemingly infinite wealth of possibilities - full of intrigue, excitement, risk, reward and this continual sense of the unknown.

Much of this was true of Morrowind, of course, but technically, things have moved on to a breathtaking extent. Stepping out of the game's introductory (and obligatory) dungeon, nothing can prepare you for the genuine sense of awe of entering Tamriel's outside world. The beautiful, sweeping vistas are, without question, the most beautiful game settings achieved to date. Whichever direction you cast your gaze, there are marvellous sights to behold at every turn; lush grass sways over rolling hills, deer bound through dappled woodland, once-proud temples lie crumbling in ruins, while towns of immense, stunning architectural majesty stand proud in the distance, beckoning you to explore their secrets.

Your first dilemma is whether to engage with the plot or not, and whether you stride purposefully towards that red triangle on your compass is your choice. You see, the death of the 87 year-old Emperor of Tamriel and his three sons presents something of a problem for this idyllic land. Without an heir to the throne, several hellish rifts or 'gates' to Oblivion are open, and demons are pouring out of them. As you might expect, they're doing a pretty fine job of doing their evil bidding and laying waste to everything in their path - and for reasons not fully apparent, you've been entrusted with the task of putting a stop to all this.

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New Oblivion trailers on EG TV

New Oblivion trailers on EG TV

See Elder Scrolls IV in action.

There's not long to go now until Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion arrives on PC and Xbox 360 - but while you're waiting, why not take a look at two new trailers? They're both on Eurogamer TV right now, don't you know.

RPG fans may also like to check out the new Dragon Quest trailer, which is really rather impressive. If you prefer your games with less fairies and elves and more murderous mobsters, we've also got some tips on how to bribe cops courtesy of The Godfather.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is out in Europe on March 24th.

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Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion dated

Out in Europe this month.

It's finally here - well, nearly; Take-Two has announced that PC and Xbox 360 title The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will be out in Europe by the end of the month.

The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion

Oblivious to Oblivion? Not anymore…

On arriving in the Berkshire town of Windsor, make your way to the castle's Cambridge Gate. From there it's a short walk west down Victoria Street to the inn called 'Take Two'. Enter this establishment taking care to sheath all weapons first. Within seconds of crossing the threshold you should be accosted by the cheerful wench behind the bar. She always asks strangers for their names and enquires as to the nature of their business. Be honest in your replies. Explain that you've come to gaze upon Oblivion; divulge that you seek the one known as Lawton. Hearing this she will nod knowingly and send for him.

Oblivion devs comment on delay

Rigorous testing going on.

Members of the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion development team have issued a statement on their company forums explaining why the game will now be released in early 2006 on PC and Xbox 360 and not during the Christmas period as previously stated.

Elder Scrolls IV delayed

Both PC and Xbox 360 versions.

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.

Oblivion 360 confusion sorted

Not a launch day title, oh no.

Bethesda Softworks has put an end to rumours that the Xbox 360 version of Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion will be in the shops on the same day as the console itself.

X360 Oblivion benefits from HDD

But doesn't need it.

However much Microsoft says about the way Xbox 360 works, there always seems to be some lingering confusion - such is life as consoles become more complex pieces of kit, we suppose. Fortunately, some developers are keen to keep their fans up to speed, and one such dev is Bethesda Softworks, whose exec producer on Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion revealed this week that the game won't require a hard disk, but may benefit from the addition of one to the X360 Core System.