Next Oblivion add-on priced

The Orrery to include new quest and new powers for less than the cost of an armored steed; new patches also on the way.

After the first content download for Bethesda Softworks' The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion created a stir by charging Xbox 360 players $2.50 and PC players $1.99 to armor their horses, it appears the developer is exploring new approaches for its future expansions.

Bethesda is now saying that the next two downloads, The Wizard's Tower and The Orrery, will include more bang for less buck. A posting on the official Elder Scrolls forums details new features for the two expansions, as well as a pricing structure and expected release date for The Orrery. According to the posting, the expansion should be out next week, and will sell for $1.89 to PC owners and 150 Marketplace points (about $1.88) to Xbox 360 owners.

"The Horse Armor Pack has been very popular, and exceeded what we thought it would sell," the posting reads. "Despite that, we're still trying to find the right spot, so we're putting a much larger plug-in out for less than the last one and we'll see what happens."

The Orrery will feature a new quest with original dialogue, journals, and rewards, access to the eponymous dwarven machine in the Imperial City's Arcane University, and new character powers based on the phases of the moon.

The Wizard's Tower will be a new property available to players, complete with upgradeable furniture and facilities. Players who set up shop in the Tower will be able to grow herbs, make spells, summon atronachs, and perform other magic-oriented tasks. No release date for the Wizard's Tower add-on has been announced yet.

Bethesda is also working on a pair of patches for the game. The first one will address a number of known issues in the game and debut on the PC in beta form before being cleared for both the PC and Xbox 360. After that, Bethesda will release a follow-up patch to clear up localization issues with the European version of the game.

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snoopdog3407
snoopdog3407

I had oblivion for about 2 mins, but then had to return it.:( i will get it again hopfully longer next time. IMO all plug ins should cost 1.50, i could buy a coke for a 1.50. maybe 2.00 for really large plug ins, but no more than that

Thomas_Trance
Thomas_Trance

UmbrellaMaster, I absolutely agree that they should get patches out before anything else, unless they have enough people to be able to do both at the same time without cutting down on efficiency. I was rather just stating my opinion in regards to paid add-ons.

UmbrellaMaster
UmbrellaMaster

Thomas - I find it interesting Beth released an addon that costs money BEFORE releasing a patch to fix the bugs. Those of you that havent experienced any can say, "Oh whatever who cares" all you want, but there are a lot of us out there experiencing them. For instance, my game crashes about every 15 minutes. It's slightly jarring to be totally into a battle with a Lich and suddenly get a CTD. No other games currently released have done this to me. The only reason I'm pissed is because that I'd rather they address the bugs before making us pay more for the game.

rokkuman09
rokkuman09

! i need get oblivion and yes im getting horse armor i cant let my horse die *crys*

Thomas_Trance
Thomas_Trance

You should really consider this as something similar to MMORPG's way of doing business, with WoW being the best example. You pay a monthly fee to play those games, and in return you get regular updates to the game that includes new zones, items and quests. I'm really surprised people like starwarsfreak is so upset about the fact Bethesda wants to earn money from time spent developing and expanding a product. It's all fair in my opinion - unless you feel unsatisfied with the base product? Demanding free content from Bethesda on a regular basis is like going to a car dealer and demand the latest accessory installed for free, just because the manufacturer released one and you want it. You would have bought the original car in the first place anyway - just as you did the game. Also, of course Bethesda has/had a plan for future releases in this fashion - its obviously part of their business plan. But to whine about that now is like saying you're not satisfied with the game, which in my opinion has more to offer in its stand-alone version then any other game ever to hit the RPG market. Get real - we live in a commercial world and that wont change anytime soon.

chrisdojo
chrisdojo

just wait until the GOTY edition if you want all the extras at once.

Autolycus
Autolycus

if people are stupid/selfish enough to purchase SUV's. I am pretty sure they are more then willing to spend 2.50 on bunch of 1's and 0's (aka horse armor)

geckosprouch
geckosprouch

The patches will be nice to clear up the bugs and personally, I'd like to get into the Orerry to see what happens. I'm all for new quests as well! This is an awesome idea!

tr00pa_26
tr00pa_26

"The Wizard's Tower will be a new property available to players, complete with upgradeable furniture and facilities. Players who set up shop in the Tower will be able to grow herbs, make spells, summon atronachs, and perform other magic-oriented tasks" yeah well i guess its the generation of paying for virtual stuff... that somehow make lil stupid boy and girls dumb enuff to pay for the thing... well it make them happy inside dont they! heya the horse got to live aye.. but i like argo of the shadow of the collosus his better than that oblivion horse... i hope people will donate that 2.99 to some poor country that cant even get clean water...

Firosen
Firosen

Good: -New content constantly being released by the developer without having to wait several months for expansions. -Seemingly fair price for a few hours' worth of gaming. -Episodic content or weekly "expansions" could, in the long run, help to lower developement costs for next-gen games. Bad: -In the end, one might end up spending a lot more on a few smaller quests and add-ons than they would on a traditional expansion pack. -Not everyone is entirely comfortable with online sales transactions (including myself, to some degree). -Could very well take focus off of the independent mod and add-on scene by exposing "mainstream" gamers to "superior" (I use that term loosely) content. Meh. There's good and bad points. Just have to level out the rewards and consequences... Just as long as they don't charge $2 for something like horse armour, which really should have been included in the game anyways (or sold at a cheaper price... 50 cents or so seems fair).

denawayne
denawayne

All of these people complaining makes me sick. First, everybody was stoked that there will be this "marketplace". Then when a company decides to put something on there, no matter what it is, if it has a price, then you have people upset. It's not like MS is forcing you to buy this stuff. I wouldn't care if they released some flowery, perfume scented toilet paper to wipe my arse with in the game, I just wouldn't buy it. I know for damn sure that I wouldn't be on this forum complaining about it. I hate people that always want something for free. If you want something for free, then go get in line for food stamps. Cause if you can't afford the add-ons, then what the hell did you pay $400 for a system that also charges $10 more for the games? I have Oblivion and think it's one of the best games ever. Am I gonna buy the horse armor? Not as of yet. But I do applaud Bethesda for making some kind of extra content. I say keep it coming, cause I know at some time there will be something I'll purchase. I've been gaming since 1980 and I have to say that right now the 360 is the most enjoyable system ever. NES is a close second. Now, only if we can get those classic NES titles on the Marketplace. Oh, wait, you might have to pay for them. Nevermind.

choas_era
choas_era

I am so pleased to hear that this is actually happenning cause that game rocks, ..... I am 60 hrs into the game, and haven't even scratched the surface, litterally going out and doing everything I can, but this news is good, keep bringging the extras like this, and we got some of the best gaming online service that a good game could have. I just want to know what patch there sending out.

dyoma
dyoma

This is not cool chargich for plug-in nonsense

MastrCake
MastrCake

If your head works like mine, 200 points sounds a lot better than $2.50 for horse armor. In fact, I like it. I just got attacked by two wolves today (360 version) and my horse took hardly any damage! I didn't even notice any damage to my horse. I will admit, 200 points is a splurge for horse armor, but I am glad that Bethesda is rethinking their pricing strategy.

jonfigs
jonfigs

Sounds good. Keep it coming!

jsloane
jsloane

wish this was a real expansion announcement...too soon? I hope theey do full expansions and dont keep giving us these micro ones...and i refuse to buy the horse armor for S2.50 its just pointless

guthwulf_de
guthwulf_de

well, that seems like an upgrade worth buying.

jcloverboy
jcloverboy

Surprising that it's less for a quest than the horse armor. Gotta wonder what new maps on Perfect Dark and new cars/tracks on PGR3 are going to end up costing.

Game13a13y
Game13a13y

i don't like paying extra for a game that you already paid up front in the video store. this is why i don't even play World of Warcraft. and 2 bucks for an armor sounds cheap, but think about it, if 20000 idiots bought it, they made $40000 cash just by doing some minor programming, its totally a rip off !!

bassui
bassui

sounds good to me. atleast they don't make us pay for patches!

Flat_Line_____
Flat_Line_____

I still say don't start buyin into this crap before it is too late....FORCE them to make stuff like this free like it should be and save the cash for REAL expansions.

spidey008
spidey008

Now this sounds like something that I would be intersted in. I don't mind paying for add-ons that are good.

o_sausage
o_sausage

I'll start buying when they start making weopons

h0dge
h0dge

It's a personal choice - nothing more, nothing less. If $2 is too much for you, or you want to "send a message to Bethesda", don't buy it. Download user-created mods, if you have the game for PC. Personally, $2 is nothing to me. Think about how often you spend $2 for something trivial. A soda costs $2, and it's gone in a few minutes. Sure, $2 is expensive for a little virtual trinket, like horse armor. The $7 beers at a pro sporting event are expensive, too, but I buy those, because I enjoy them. Make your decision, live with it, and stop whining. I think it's great we can choose to get additional content like this. As the model gets refined, and better content is offered for less money, a game like Oblivion could stay fresh for years. If my $2 helps that reality get here soon, it's money well spent.

Fire_Fly
Fire_Fly

This is great news. I much prefer to buy little updates more often. It keeps the game feeling fresh and hopefully these patches will be released sooner rather than later.

diesil
diesil

do you need a xbox live gold account to buy things off of live

prophet001
prophet001

i'm floored that people would pay for horse armor... i think i'm with starwars on this one. if you intended for that stuff to be in the game then put it in the game... the only people i can really see paying for this stuff is the console kiddies... i'm sure most pc users are sitting with their jaws dropped reading this thread of how many people are paying for something they should have been given

dankling
dankling

"This whole "expect everything but pay nothing" attitude is why this economy is failing. No one can make a profit because everyone wants to nickel and dime everything to death....or worse, expect digital entertainment for free." Oh, I must have missed the part of the last year or decade or so in which "this economy" began "failing." Last I checked it had neither failed nor begun failing.

rayzor6
rayzor6

I agree...this crying about 'things should be free' is dumb. You paid for the game. We now have the ability to add different things to the game as far as add-ons. They add them on and you cry because it isn't free or 25 cents. The horse armor was a bit pricy for what it was. This is an awkward stage because they want to make money (not a crime by the way; it's what pays for a company to continue to make more games) but if they overcharge, it will kill the whole idea. I think they went too high based on the fact that there is no real add on content right now. This whole "expect everything but pay nothing" attitude is why this economy is failing. No one can make a profit because everyone wants to nickel and dime everything to death....or worse, expect digital entertainment for free.

DomovoiWasBezet
DomovoiWasBezet

I like this. I don't understand the 'This content should be free!' argument at all. If you don't want the horse armor, there's a (Free!!! OMG!) Construction Set available with which you can build horse armor for yourself. Free! There's already shedloads of free content for this game. Thanks to Bethesda releasing their tools, for free. The fact that a business like Bethesda can't afford to put more hours into this game without getting paid for it makes perfect business sense. But the most ludicrous argument is that the 'add-ons suck.' If they suck, then why buy them? And if you didn't, then what are you complaining about?

DomovoiWasBezet
DomovoiWasBezet

"Maquis_UK wow.. micro$haft users caught up in expensive unnecessary regular updates shocker ... '' we never saw it coming '' " Name one regular Microsoft update that was expensive. In fact, name one regular update that you had to pay for.

sasuke55
sasuke55

Seriously i see both sides of this. On a developer side it cost money to bring you updated material and new items and quest. But lets be real the things they are putting out could have went with the game it was done the did it purposely as an add on. Two Say you have 5 mods at $2 thats $10 and all of sudden you paid $ 72.00 for a game instead of 62.00. I don't mind paying for upgrades but make them worth it.

smviel
smviel

Master shan99 you don't accumulate points, you have to buy them through Live or prepaid points cards. If that were the case then nobody would be complaining...seems like a lot of users on this site make statements about things they don't have a clue about...how misleading for the unknowing.

Barzenak_40
Barzenak_40

No thanks at the moment. I have enough content to last a while. I will wait for some real "meat" before dishing out my money for fluff. The quests and real content I have no trouble paying for. The horse one should of been free period.

master_shan99
master_shan99

That's why it's better to play on the Xbox 360 as you accumulate points to pay for these updates and downloads... without the use of real money.

chromium42
chromium42

I see this as a very positive thing. I'm more than willing to spend $2 for additional content and hopefully it will be successful and Bethesda will be obliged to continue to support new content.

Calydonne
Calydonne

Ridiculous - serious waste of hard earned money.

D_E_E_G_S
D_E_E_G_S

Ok then, thats a little more acceptable. I can accept it being the same price for both PC and Xbox 360 users but not it being 50cents more on the Xbox 360 then on the PC.

kekejefferis
kekejefferis

No good for people that dont have live!!!

dn3datomiced
dn3datomiced

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master_shan99
master_shan99

Thanks to Microsoft's Xbox 360 points scheme, no need for credit cards!!! Yay to Microsoft! Yay and thanks for Bethesda for updates and add-ons!

nev70
nev70

what are some people like, i bought the game and have spent to date 50+ hrs no where near the middle of the game whats a couple of bucks for the horse armour I BOUGHT IT ! get real even if u payed for all the add ons its still the most value for money game in years .I got GRAW and done it under 20 hrs did not like the multi-player and have since traded it back where is the value in that ? OBLIVION rocks

leapfrog91
leapfrog91

"More money than sense? no no....more money than a dollar." That's the first comment from the internet I've ever quoted for greatness....WOW. So good. More money than a dollar..lol it gets better every time I read it.