Elder Scrolls unrolls this month

Long-awaited role-playing game finally unearths a release date; PC and Xbox 360 versions of Oblivion to ship March 20.

"Our most ambitious project ever is finally done," said Todd Howard, executive producer at Bethesda Softworks. No sweeter words have been uttered for fans of next-generation role-playing games, as Howard's project is The Elder Scroll IV: Oblivion.

The game has gone gold, finally finishing its epic journey in development. Even though it had been beset with almost a four-month delay, Oblivion will still be the first role-playing game to hit a next-gen console when it ships for the PC and Xbox 360 March 20. The fourth installment in the franchise was originally slated as a launch title for Microsoft's new console, before publisher 2K Games and Bethesda decided to delay it "to ensure the title meets gamers' high expectations."

The Elder Scrolls games are known for their large worlds, freedom of exploration, and first-person view, and Oblivion will be no different. Like in the rest of the games in the franchise (and just about any adventure game), the main character isn't some apple vendor or stablehand. Gamers will take control of a character who is burdened with saving the universe from an unspeakable evil (who actually will be spoken of many, many times).

Players can once again customize their character before letting him/her loose in the realm of Tamriel. From there they'll set forth on various main- or side-mission tasks, which range from the requisite clearing the dungeon/sewer of rats to the mandatory battles with the undead.

Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is rated T for Teen and will retail for $59.99 on the Xbox 360 and $49.99 on the PC. For more information, check out GameSpot's recent hands-on with the game.

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117 comments
chrisdojo
chrisdojo

i'll pass. man, there aren't many games that i want to play that are coming up!

oo7sk8punk
oo7sk8punk

i have 3 words, i will have it, and 1 more to top those off, forever

exclusiveburner
exclusiveburner

well this seems like its going to be one of those games in everyone's top ten for years to come, without playing it i can tell u its in my top 5 already.....right next to Zelda Ocarnia Of Time and Socom 2...yea socom 2 was that good...as for the other 2 idk how about Goldeneye and Resident Evil 2....well maybe not resident evil 2 but i cant think of anything else right now

wokisan
wokisan

Couldn't resist...had to preorder.

teh_ghost
teh_ghost

16 more days woo hooo fianlylo the X360 is getting a killer RPG title. and seeing how good this game looks i can't wait.

Mouzz
Mouzz

lets hope it doesn't fry my pc!

eyerok
eyerok

words cannot describe the feelin that I'm havin abt this game

speakenglish
speakenglish

oh so happy.. the 20th is too far away! ...i wonder if i'm going to make it to work that week...

boolow407
boolow407

Uh-Oh....Another nail in Sony's coffin! Im not into RPg's,but, im gonna give this game a shot. Great to see MS releasing games other than FPS for the 360. Awesome. Completely awesome. This game alone looks like it will drive sales for the 360, which means even more a selection of games. Im in!!

Jedi_Osborn
Jedi_Osborn

can it be THAT good?? I saw a video last year and it wasn't that impressive....I mean I want it to be good...but idk

jnealg
jnealg

heres hoping Bethesda doesnt f up the coding like the original morrowind and make it non playable. Ill just have to plop down my 60 quid to find out I guess and hope i dont get the dreaded dirty disc error on a pristine cd!

Necros_21
Necros_21

Yeah! At last! :) Greets to Beth from Hungary!

ditcumaya
ditcumaya

this baby will change RPG forever !!!!!!!!!

mrtweed2
mrtweed2

now, i have a reason to buy a 360...this and Gears of War, of course!

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

Already have it in my Q List on GameFly :D for meh 360 .....can't wait.

geckosprouch
geckosprouch

If Elder Scrolls IV on 360 looks this great, what will Elder Scrolls V look like?

Legir
Legir

$10 cheaper than xbox on pc and the capability for mods? sweet.

BullDogSquad
BullDogSquad

Well im holding mine!!! I cant wait. The trailer on XBL was hardcore. Very Soon Now.

ufopuller
ufopuller

Notice - I am not holding my breath

Thanos_of_MW
Thanos_of_MW

Mmm...there I go to spend lots of late night sessions with the game, Like I did in Morrowind.

BornGamer
BornGamer

Yay! Another Bethesda game where we get to watch a hundred NPCs walk around like spasticated robots on sticks! And now with added slide-walking technology (watch the videos... those NPCs must have ice on the soles of their shoes or something!) Just kidding, fanboys ;) I'm sure Oblivion will live up to the massive, massive hype!

Talk2DaHand
Talk2DaHand

GO MICROSOFT! The 360 can now compete with Sony's line up of RPGs(Oblivion , Knigths of the Old Republic 3 , Fable 2 , Mass Effect and from the creator of Final Fantasy comes Blue Dragon and Lost Odyssey. COOL

vrak
vrak

About time... for me to get a solid upgrade, I'd say. :/

Frozone6
Frozone6

its weird that an rpg like this is doing such a great job at pulling people in to buying it, who ussually never play rpg's including me!! Its like this SICKK game has a black hole in Oblivion itself thats pulling people towards it. I can only see good things for this title....peace

Bent7
Bent7

ARRRRRRG YEEEEEEEEEESSSSSS!!! I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR MONTHS FOR THIS NEWS!!!!

nev70
nev70

gr8 let me tell all you sony fanboys what im getting in march OBLIVION,FAR CRY (what doe thoose waves look like now!)and GRAW all in glorius HD! the next gen is NOW ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !

soulknight63133
soulknight63133

Great ,..there's goes my social life for the next 4-6 months...lol

plightstar
plightstar

OMFG!!!!! Its almost here!!!!!!!!!!

Igiss
Igiss

This game should be one of the best ever. Hopefully I could get it soon enough after release. And check my website. It's all about Oblivion. www.cyrodiil.net

ewjim
ewjim

Can't wait to see it on PC, if it will run there LOL!

scrapp_dogg
scrapp_dogg

Iv'e been waiting for ever for this game, but i gotta wait a bit longer. It'll be good though because its a launch title for the xbox 360 and ive pre ordered it

Optimusv2
Optimusv2

I'm lucky to have a x1900xtx and the 360, but i'm surely getting the 360 version of the game.

Frogman929
Frogman929

YESSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!! Finally, i cant wait dudes.

dru26
dru26

March Madness kicks ass.

NintenDOGS6625
NintenDOGS6625

good cause i need another PC game to keep me away from my homework *rolls eye* i hope my OC'ed 6800 can handle it with some eye candy turned on! :)

GreyFoxV1
GreyFoxV1

Cant wait to stab me a unicorn!

Xcelerate
Xcelerate

Woooooooooooooo!!! I'm gettin' it the day it comes out.

maynard420
maynard420

This is great for all you 360 owners. I loved Daggerfall and Morrowind so I can just imagine how awesome this game is going to be. Sadly, because of financial situations and low numbers of 360's in my area, I won't be able to play this one for awhile. I hope the game is everything you want it to be.

maynard420
maynard420

This is great for all you 360 owners. I loved Daggerfall and Morrowind so I can just imagine how awesome this game is going to be. Sadly, because of financial situations and low numbers of 360's in my area, I won't be able to play this one for awhile. I hope the game is everything you want it to be.

Go0pynose
Go0pynose

I never played Morrowind for more than 2 monthes but for some weird reason i'm getting a sudden urge to buy this game for my pc. hell i dont even play rpgs wtf? great.......now ill buy this game and my social will drop..................DROP!

bossjimbob
bossjimbob

Looks like I'll have to do some shopping before March 20th. I'll need a month's supply of beer and chips to hold me over while I dig into Oblivion.