PS3 embraces Oblivion March 20

Bethesda's open-ended role-playing game set to make a March release after missing a next-gen launch for second straight year.


Last year, the PlayStation 3 edition of Bethesda Softworks' open-ended role-playing game The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion had slipped from the system's launch lineup. The developer-publisher gave a revised release date of first quarter 2007 and with March upon us, that release window is growing slim.

However, Bethesda has confirmed for GameSpot a release date that has been seen on retailer Web sites for weeks. A representative with the company said the PS3 edition of Oblivion is scheduled to arrive in stores March 20. Should that release date hold, it would mirror the road to retail for the Xbox 360 edition of the game, which had been intended for launch alongside the system in November 2005 but was delayed and instead released the following March.

Unlike the Xbox 360 and PC editions of the game, Bethesda is publishing the PS3 version of the game itself. Take-Two Interactive handled the publishing duties on the previous releases of the game. The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion is rated M for Mature.

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