Retail Radar: PS3 F.E.A.R and Oblivion pushed to 2007

[UPDATE] GameStop and EB Games are now listing Bethesda's RPG and Vivendi's FPS as not coming until early next year; latter delay now official.

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As it held its Gamers' Day event in San Francisco, Sony announced the launch lineup for the PlayStation 3. The list had 21 games, including the PS3 edition of Bethesda Softworks' critically lauded role-playing game Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion and Vivendi's acclaimed first-person shooter F.E.A.R. Sony said all the games on the list would be "available through the holidays," which traditionally means the end of the year.

However, now it appears that timeframe may extend to some 2007 holidays. The product pages at both EBgames.com and Gamestop.com now list Oblivion as shipping January 1, New Year's Day, and F.E.A.R. shipping on February 6, when Jamaicans celebrate Bob Marley Day.

Could the new dates be errors in EBgames.com and Gamestop.com's shared database? Given the two sites' history of revealing delays before publishers do, that seems unlikely. However, the dual PS3 delays are still not official. Vivendi reps declined to comment on the new F.E.A.R. ship date. [UPDATE] However, Bethesda Softworks has now officially confirmed that the PS3 Oblivion is a "Q1 2007 title."

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