360 Shivering Isles shake retail

Bethesda releasing Elder Scrolls expansion in disc form for Microsoft's console bundled with Knights of the Nine.

In March, Bethesda Softworks released the first expansion to Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the PC and Xbox 360. While the PC version of Shivering Isles made it to retail shelves for $29.99, Bethesda chose to offer the Xbox 360 version exclusively as a digital download for 2,400 Microsoft points ($30). This arrangement posed a bit of a problem for many Xbox 360 owners, however, as Shivering Isles occupies nearly 1GB of precious hard drive space, and as noted in GameSpot's review, it isn't exactly an afternoon affair to get through.

That plight has now been addressed, as Bethesda Softworks today announced it would be releasing the Xbox 360 version of Shivering Isles to retail this October. The Xbox 360 retail version will also include the Knights of the Nine add-on pack, which debuted on Xbox Live in November for 800 Microsoft points ($10). The retail disc, including both the expansion and add-on, will be available for $29.99.

Shivering Isles expands Cyrodiil's already expansive reaches with a new plane of Oblivion. The quest-driven expansion lets players explore the warped home of the Prince of Madness, and it introduces new items, ingredients, and spells into the original game. Likewise, the Knights of the Nine add-on further explores the Elder Scrolls lore, and it adds a new faction, as well as a new line of quests.

Like Oblivion, Shivering Isles is rated M for Mature. Announced during this year's E3 Media and Business Summit, the Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year edition will be available next week for the PC and Xbox 360, and will include the original game, Shivering Isles, and Knights of the Nine. It will retail for $59.99 on the Xbox 360 and $49.99 on the PC.

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andalore
andalore

Okay...so hows this gonna work, are we gonna download it from the disk? that i can deal with, i cba leaving the 360 on for a day whilst it downloads, crappy internet connection :-S im not really bothered about the space, ive got 100gb of space, mwahahaha

THEYELLABOI44
THEYELLABOI44

this shows how much content an xbox 360 dvd is actually capable of holding GREAT!!!!

BraindeadRacr
BraindeadRacr

Uhh, I'm not talking about that. I'm asking wether I can get a free copy of Shivering Isles at a retail store, making the 980MB I wasted on downloading the SI, will available again. Y'know, it can be proven someway. Seems unlikely, so I'm screwed.

Yuck_Too
Yuck_Too

--BraindeadRacr -- No...once you pay for that content you can always download it again without cost.

BraindeadRacr
BraindeadRacr

So basicly I never can get the 1gB of space back without spending another 30$? Well goddamnit.

westsidejedi360
westsidejedi360

So will it have and extra 750 achievement points since its a full retail game?

GrimBee
GrimBee

They shouldn't call it an "expansion". An expansion adds things to the current game - its not an "expansion" when its an entirely different menu, disc (etc). They should release it on disc if its not accessed via the in-game menu from the original. Like GTA london - that wasn't an expansion, but you needed the original to "unlock" it... If you don't need to access the original game, then it should be good to have on disc. Expansions are for adding things to the current game that you have - a harddisc download makes sense if its adding things to the game that is already on a disc. But seeming as this does not need the data from the original game - then why call it an expansion, and why not release it on a disc!

smkr4vr
smkr4vr

I feel like I'm being cheated I bought both expansions on xbl now they have them on disc cheaper. I don't think that's fair for people who bought it already. IT REALLY DOES SUCK!!!

Pickleking23
Pickleking23

yea thats freakin stupid i mean i havnet bought any of em yet but still thats dumb

DarioD04
DarioD04

I'd like to say this as kindly as possible. DAMN YOU BETHESDA

PatchMaster
PatchMaster

Are you kidding me? Just lower the price for Shivering Isles. I dished out $60 for Oblivion & then $10 for KotN on XBLA. Now if I want to get Shivering Isles I still have to pay $30 & the bonus is an expansion I already have?

YukoAsho
YukoAsho

Yeah, I'll just wait for the Game of the Year edition.

Jedilink109
Jedilink109

Thankfully, I've got the 120 GB hard drive so I don't have to care so much about space. I've got about 40 some videos and 38 (maybe) demos on my system and LOADS of music and I STILL have 70 GB left! WOOOOHOOOO for me! ^_^ But I'd STILL rather have Shivering Isles on a disc instead of download it to my system. I just don't like paying for Microsoft points if I'm ALREADY paying for Xbox live anyway! That's retarded. Talk about double dipping. Man.

Carpe_Noctum
Carpe_Noctum

Sweet, now I will get this. It's good to share.

fanboy999
fanboy999

Going for the "GOTY" edition myself. Big value there.

spotlifetv
spotlifetv

I am buying it you can bet your dollar on that. Its a must have & at this price for both. I'm all over it!

hegetshiskeys
hegetshiskeys

One thing I can't stand about Oblivion is its lack of exploration in the respects that there are very few rare treasures to find. Almost all rare loot is randomly found in chests or otherwise, which becomes quite tedious over time. Anyone who's played Morrowind knows that just isn't the case. A lot of rare items in Morrowind are found in one specific place, not by random. Remember the Treasuries of Vivec? Finding all the deadric helmets? Or how about stumbling across Eleidon's shield? I could go on, and on. But Morrowind just flat out had more secret items and loot to explore for. I was pretty disappointed when I realized Oblivion had next to none of these elements. I am hoping this isn't the case next time around.

123kaney
123kaney

Wait so how does this work, if the shivering isles is a sepperate disc, with nights of the nine how the hell would that work, u trying to tell me when i want to go from playing shivering I to oblivion i have to change my disc, screw that.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

I wasn't talking about Oblivion. I was talking about other games that already give you the content and require unlock keys for it. Oblivion at least downloads content, quite a lot of it, easily the biggest consumer of my HDD space.

Pete5506
Pete5506

oblivion is a little old

w4rgasm
w4rgasm

I wish it were $20..

weresex
weresex

Who00a! I cant wait!

Absolutezerr
Absolutezerr

Yeah, crunchb3rry, you're right! I was so pissed off when I realized I only had 118 hours of gameplay for my character in Oblivion. I'm just not getting my money's worth. I mean come on, I haven't even gotten further in the main quest than talking to Septim's Heir. Oblivion just didn't offer enough the first time through, did it? I'd much rather play a last-gen game where I know there won't be an expansion pack, and that when I finish the game that's it. WHO WOULD WANT TO PLAY OBLIVION MORE AFTER THEY FINISH ALL THE QUESTS? WHAT A SILLY IDEA! Still, this is a bit annoying. I bought Oblivion in June (used) for 30 bucks, and then got the shivering isles via Live. It looks Like I could have waited, which kind of sucks. ------------------- Sorry for the rant, but some people are so ignorant...

Caboose7293
Caboose7293

"I remember the times *cough* last gen *cough* when you could buy a game and KNOW that you had the FULL GAME" OBLIVION is more of a 'FULL GAME' Than any game out there, offering hundreds of hours of gameplay. Add-ons for the Elder Scrolls series are usually quality and add to the already great gameplay.

crunchb3rry
crunchb3rry

"I remember the times *cough* last gen *cough* when you could buy a game and KNOW that you had the FULL GAME" Worse is some games already have the stuff on the retail disc. You just have to download a stupid makeshift serial number to use it. "$30 bucks is kind of steep for add ons over a year old. Unfortunately, products have concrete pricetags on the MarketripoffPlace. Bankshot Billiards...$25. Old map packs for COD3...$12.50. You'd think aged products would get a freakin' price reduction. That damn Perfect Dark Zero map pack should have been free ages ago. Why can't they realize pricing old stuff lower will make more money than keeping it priced to the max? People who refused to buy it on principle would take a second look if the price went down. But I guess common sense isn't Microsoft's strong suit.

ja_rawr_ed
ja_rawr_ed

i still think that the $30 price tag was ridiculous for the download. i would buy the retail version, but i already have knights of the nine. ill just wait for mass effect for an RPG...

ketsuatama
ketsuatama

I've been waiting for this! May mean another 3 months or so of anti-social behaviour coming up!

QUnit218
QUnit218

too late for me, but just letting all know that it is worth it!!

BPDecPimp
BPDecPimp

$30 bucks is kind of steep for add ons over a year old.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

I don't get why many people hate downloadable content. It's not that bad. It's adding to an already extraordinary game, so when you're bored of playing that game, they release downloadable content to make you play it again. They're not being lazy, it's just there's only so many GBs that you can fit onto a single disc.

Homsar13
Homsar13

yes!! they should have released this along time ago though

FunkWeasel
FunkWeasel

Wow! I'm glad to have an Elite :)

Adam_the_Nerd
Adam_the_Nerd

I remember the times *cough* last gen *cough* when you could buy a game and KNOW that you had the FULL GAME, sure there were expansion packs but at least they were released on disk. Now with this whole downloadable content phase, developers get lazy on the bug-checking before a games' release and then just throw patches in at a later date (but only if the game sells well in the first place.) Then you have this crap about DOWNLOADING the expansions which can be a *****. Man...

SiiSsy
SiiSsy

Let me get this straight... MS makes you pay for a 360...then 100 extra for 20 gigs...then they make you pay 30 bux for the expansion that takes up one of 20 precious gigs....and a 19.99 expansion that took up 600 megs? then to make it easier for you they make you pay 60 bux for an edition that frees up the one and a half gigs? -RIP OFF ALERT-

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

I played like 2 hours of Oblivion and turned it off forever. I dont have 60+ hours to invest in it..... Oh well, this sounds good to fans of the game though... I dont think I can ever get into it again, with all those new games out and all.

mauro_rubens
mauro_rubens

After a disastrous experience when "Paying AND downloading the Knights of the Nine add-on pack" from an Unhelpfull Bethesda site, I promissed myself I will from now on, wait for the GOTY or something like that that came out on CD/DVD medias, so I'd rather wait for the GOTY this month yet.

RedShadowDragon
RedShadowDragon

Guess I will just get the GoTY Edition, or see if the 2 separate expansions go on sale when GoTY hits shelves. But, why no mention of th GoTY on PS3 a month after the PC & 360? I guess the article is partial by title, but I still expect a little impartiality from the news (since it's not really news if it's not impartial).

arczero01
arczero01

awesome now i just need to get a hard drive

John_of_Fire
John_of_Fire

efg 7721: First off READ THE LAST PARAGRAPH, where it states that the GOY will have all of the the Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine on the 360. 2nd the Shivering Isles and Knights of the Nine were released after the game was already out.

chiquiza
chiquiza

Yes!! I had been waiting for this!!

KOD_Liberator
KOD_Liberator

efg7721 once again 360 hdds limit potential if it were on a ps3.... nobody would buy it. : )

karnij
karnij

what about achievements? full retail 1000 points or just just the 250 points because it's an expansion?

efg7721
efg7721

once again 360 hdds limit potential if it were on a ps3....

blueflamedino
blueflamedino

I hope Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year edition has the other DLC to like the towers, dungeons, and even the horse armor. I mean, the horse armor thing maybe a ripoff, but if thrown in for free, why not?

ivory_soul
ivory_soul

Jeez people calm the hell down! It's not that big of a deal. Bethesda didn't make a hard copy cause it costs lots of money to do that. If you're to impatient to download it or don't want to take up "one precious gig" then that's your problem.

W3stsideR3aper
W3stsideR3aper

R U SERIOUS!?!?!?!?? I JUST downloaded it yesterday and now its a hard copy, wow thanks alot. Its a great expansion though.