Oblivion's fan remake in the Skyrim engine shown off in new trailer

Skyblivion is a fan project that's been in the works for over a year.

A new trailer for Skyblivion--essentially an attempt to remake the entirety of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion using the technology that powers its sequel, Skyrim--has been released, providing us with a new look at the progress that's been made on the impressive fan project.

The trailer, entitled "The First Dawn," focuses on perhaps the most memorable part of Oblivion--namely, the prison escape and subsequent journey into the outdoors that represents the earliest chunk of the 2006 RPG. It provides a look at the enhanced visuals made possible by using the Skyrim engine.

Skyblivion has been in the works for well over a year now courtesy of the TESRenewal community, which is also responsible for Skywind, a similar project that involves Morrowind and Skyrim's technology.

Version 0.1 of Skyblivion was released in March 2013, and according to an FAQ accompanying the new trailer, it now stands at version 0.2. Unfortunately, development is not yet far along enough for anything playable to be released to the public. As this is a project spearheaded by volunteers, there's no timetable for when it will be completed, but capable fans are encouraged to get involved with its development on TESRenewal's forums.

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gokartmozart89
gokartmozart89

I got really bored with Oblivion. Initially, I was blown away by it, but the main campaign was really boring. I don't think I played it past the second or third mission. I did all the guild quests and then sold it. Unlike Skyrim, which I played to death.

tizmond
tizmond

This seems utterly pointless, considering this mod is just for PC:
If you have a PC, why not just buy Oblivion: GOTY edition for about 5 bucks (maximum) and run it with any number of the countless mods made for it.
You don't even need a particularly high-end machine to run Oblivion on max-setings with a mod like Qarl's Texture Pack, and/or Tweaked UNB and it looks amazing. You can also get rid of game-stutter with the unofficial patches and there are loads of other mods that overhaul the game to make it feel and look like it came out yesterday.

All of this renders Skyblivion pretty pointless. Why bother spending so much time recreating something that's already been done, when you could be creating something new like Falskaar, or Wyrmstooth ???

POINTLESS.

rhenom
rhenom

Now make Daggerfall

meatz666
meatz666

Between the last 3 TES, Oblivion was the least compeling. I know console people have it in their hearts, since it was the first proper FP-RPG, but the setting is very, very generic. Compared to the "alien" design in Morrowind, and the Nordic in Skyrim, it falls flat. And after exploring 10+ Oblivion gates, it gets pretty old.

mwmars
mwmars

That was the worst article header I've ever read. That said, cool trailer!

neverconsole
neverconsole

cool!!!

PS - To all the people with a big heart, help Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia to recover from catastrophic floods, please <3

gundamalt
gundamalt

I loved Oblivion played that game for years until Skyrim came out .

Shouoken4Peace
Shouoken4Peace

It would be cool to have the worlds tied together with a cohesive story, seeing as how the events of Skyrim took place hundreds of years after the Oblivion gates opened in Cyrodiil. Would it be in violation of copyright if Cyrodiil were remade to reflect the changes that transpired after the gates were closed? What I liked about Skyrim was that it didn't out-date Oblivion; they were both great games that could be played without feeling like one was superior or inferior to the other.

pip3dream
pip3dream

kinda confused by this. seems like a colossal waste of someones time.

UnaSolida
UnaSolida

I'm probably watching it in low rez but it doesn't look at that much different. But why all the time and effort? Oblivion came out in 06 and looked awesome for its time. I'd say leave it be, but its cool if you wanted better textures and whatnot.

ps3gamer1234
ps3gamer1234

I still play Oblivion with my companion Vilja . 

SexyMiralda
SexyMiralda

Gazing at the star studded night sky with more than one moon is a pretty sight in both Oblivion and Skyrim.

tribeofasher
tribeofasher

Very nice! Oblivion was excellent. Love TES. Can't wait for 6. :)

Spyre1984
Spyre1984

I must say, I preferred the magic mechanics in Oblivion. I sunk countless hours into Morrowind and Oblivion. I just couldn't get into Skyrim.

mrpelicanpants
mrpelicanpants

Man, what a waste of time and talent! It looks a little bit better.

faizanhd
faizanhd

To be honest Oblivion with "Tweaked ENB" looks better in many ways.

But I'm patiently waiting for Skywind !

mdign
mdign

 Seeing these environments reminds me why Skyrim was such a step down, it's nothing but snow and mountains.

vadagar1
vadagar1

pffff morrowind and elder scrolls online have vastly superior quest lines to skyrim and OB


in fact the quest lines in skyrim and OB were so nauseatingly bad I just ignore them most of the time


and level scaling in OB made the game UNPLAYABLE to me, had to mod it heavily

sidzero
sidzero

Maybe it's just me. Maybe it's the video. But I don't really see much of a difference between the graphics here and the graphics in Oblivion. Personally, I'd think if people were going to put the effort into recreating Cyrodiil and Morrowind, they should just add them to Skyrim. I remember when the game first came out and they found those doors to nowhere and everyone thought that was what they were going to do with the DLC, but never happened. I mean, the base landscape is already there, all you need is a little creativity to make them fit right (since the scale of the world is different in each of the games). Hell, you could even do all of Tamriel. All of Tamriel in one game without having to play some crap MMO (or dig up a copy of Arena), that would be pretty awesome. Wink wink, nudge nudge, Bethesda.

RevLux
RevLux

@gokartmozart89  The repetition of all those rather generic Oblivion gates and reused environments  meant it was the first Elder Scrolls game that I only finished once. It is much better with all the texture mods and things but still not nearly as intricately fleshed out as Morrowind and Skyrim were, for example. Of course that's just my opinion. I know several people that think Oblivion is the best E.S. game. Yeah, they exist.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

@tizmond It's not pointless at all, its awesome. Further proves the superiority of pc gaming

sylumcase
sylumcase

@tizmond Speaking as someone who owns both games and heavily mods both, no matter what you do Skyrim will always look better then Oblivion. Skyrim's combat system is also miles better then Oblivions, one easy example is Skyrim's stealth kills(OP as hell but functional). Skyrim's animations are better all around. The only thing Skyrim didn't do as good is its setting. Some would probably argue the pruning of the skill system too, but i can take it or leave it myself. Skyrim also doesnt have a DLC or anything really that matches Shivering Isles, if i could just get that DLC ported to Skyrim i'd be ecstatic.


So in a nutshell, Skyrim plays and looks better no matter the amount of modding you do to Oblivion. Oblivion has a better setting though IMO. I for one cant wait till they're done with Skyblivion, assuming it ever gets finished.

grimlord_xvii
grimlord_xvii

@tizmond Nostalgias benefit, most likely. I know I've thought "I loved X game on PS1, I'll get a rom of it." Then realised it just doesn't do the same thing for me when compared to more modern game in the same series. Grand Theft Auto, for example. If someone was capable of recreating San Andreas and the REAL Los Santos with GTA V, I would s**t my pants.

dannydopamine8
dannydopamine8

@meatz666 I agree, oblivion is quite possibly the most boring rpg i have ever played. The map is the size of a battlefield map. just one circular building in the center of the map that acts as like.. the only structure in the entire game. 


Other than that you will occasionally find a broken down concrete wall with a doorway at the base, and this structure is re-used like 100 times.


Morrowind is by far the most diverse bethesda game by miles. It has more varying biomes than oblivion,skyrim,fallout COMBINED.


But my second fav bethesda game is new vegas, there is so much put into that game that not many people recognize

Hekteur
Hekteur

@Shouoken4Peace the game is all opened for any kind of mod, as long as those who made the mod are not making any money out of it. 

Janpieterzun
Janpieterzun

@pip3dream If the dude's not working and has no societal function, i'd prefer him waste his time and energies doing this, instead of spree killing.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@pip3dream any hobby someone might have is a waste of time to anyone who dislike the hobby. Just as much as any non-gamer would say the exact same thing to you about "wasting time" on video games. 

JDFS
JDFS

@ThrashMatt26 Because you played with mods, the vanilla Oblivion is crap next to it.

SexyMiralda
SexyMiralda

@Spyre1984  I've spent playing Oblivion countless number of hours and coun't get into Skyrim initially like you. It took a while for me to enjoy it. However, a quest which took me to Wolfskull cave changed it totally (after around 25hrs of play I think). It is brillant since then. Spent around 194 hours to do majority of the side quests and the main storyline.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@Yamakoichi because a Skywind mod is actually being made. Not sure if it's by the same team, but I'd guess it isn't.

tribeofasher
tribeofasher

@Yamakoichi  I would love to see that redone in HD.


Skywind.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@mrpelicanpants Waste of time? Guess what's gonna happen to anyone who worked on that project when they show their portfolio to a potential employer?

Zarkhaine
Zarkhaine

@mrpelicanpants  It's not just about the graphics, they're re-doing pretty much everything to be similar to Skyrim, including the levelling up and amour making etc...

Although, it does seem like a bit of a waste of time and talent to me too. Oblivion (+ a few mods) is still a very playable game (I should know, I started re-playing for about the 6th time last week), and this mod probably won't be playable for another 1-2 years.

I'm much more interested in the Skywind mod they're making.

jaineekparikh
jaineekparikh

@mdign You do realize that Skyrim is at the very north of Tamriel. That's like asking why the North Pole doesn't have trees. That is what the environment is like. Deal with it.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@mdign Another one of the countless braindead zombies who just throw the same empty phrase without even knowing anything about the game. I suggest you ACTUALLY try the game and see how it's more than just snow and mountain.

93ChevyNut
93ChevyNut

@vadagar1 I started the Elder Scrolls series with OB and then owned Skyrim.  Both games ended up the same for me:  I just completed items on my quest list for no reason whatsoever.  I felt like work to me.

jedicommand7
jedicommand7

@sylumcase @tizmond I tried playing Oblivion after Skyrim, but it just wasn't as fun to me so I'm looking forward to someday playing Skyblivion maybe if it ever get done.

RevLux
RevLux

@sylumcase @tizmond  At first I was upset about the elimination of many of the longstanding Elder scroll rpg mechanics and skills. Though Skyrim eventually won me over because it does so much of the other stuff very well imo.

gameroutlawzz
gameroutlawzz

@SexyMiralda @Spyre1984  killing 3 different lifeless type of creatures throughout 4378472385742835725837 dull,bland caves that dies in 1-2 hits even on insane sure is brilliant.

Hekteur
Hekteur

@gameroutlawzz @SexyMiralda @Spyre1984

1: there are waaaaaay moer than 3 type of creatures. You obviosuly didn't played the game much.

2: If you really could 1-2 hits everything, I'd suggest you raise that difficulty level higher than novice. Even go as far as trying a new character on legendary difficulty. You'll almost feel like you were in Dark Soul. So... My conclusion, second evidence that you played no more than 10 minutes on the easiest difficulty. 

3: Insane is NOT a difficulty level in Skyrim. Which leans me toward you obliviously didn't played at all. (did I say obliviously instead of obviously? no typo. You are as oblivious as one can be).

4: There are way more than caverns to explore. Then again showing us how you don't know jack about the game.

5: Stop believing everything you see on the Internetz. The real world is a fabulous world to discover, if you just give it a chance.

6: Never mind what I said... You may just return under that rock if it's comfortable for you.