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1298565994 Thu, 24 Feb 2011 16:46:34 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[First screenshot of Skyrim]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1295294975&archive= Bethesda have, by way of Game Informer released the first screenshot for Skyrim.  Unlike the magazine scans floating around this isn't too bad, and certainly gives you a flavour of the scope and feel they're pushing towards with this game.

1295294975 Mon, 17 Jan 2011 20:09:35 +0000
<![CDATA[The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim announced!]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1292510371&archive= At the Spike Video Game Awards, Bethesda announced their new title.  As we generally expected it was the Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

Not much is known about the new installment yet, all we have is a teaser trailer which states the release date as the 11th of November 2011.

You should have acted.
They're already here.
The Elder Scrolls told of their return.
Their defeat was merely delay
Til the time after Oblivion opened,
When the sons of Skyrim would spill their own blood.
But no-one wanted to believe.
Believe they even existed.
And when the truth finally dawns:
It dawns in fire.
There's one they fear.
In their tongue, he's Dovahkiin:
Dragon Born!

Make sure to check out the coverage on the new Skyrim Portal.

1292510371 Thu, 16 Dec 2010 14:39:31 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[No sign of a new Elder Scrolls game at E3]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1276680289&archive= It will come as little surprise to those who are keeping on top of things that an Elder Scrolls game isn't going to be shown at E3.  A couple of years ago there were suggestions that we could be seeing an Elder Scrolls V around this sort of time frame, but obviously with the success of Fallout Bethesda are keeping an eye on that for the time-being.

They do have a game in-development but have yet to announce it, maybe next year?  Or maybe they'd wait for a new generation of consoles before revisiting the Elder Scrolls.  Only time will tell.

1276680289 Wed, 16 Jun 2010 09:24:49 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Elder Scrolls V in 2010?]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1225325793&archive= "At the moment we've got Fallout 3 for this year and potentially there's a new Elder Scrolls title in 2010," said Oughton. "At the moment we're not that interested in the Wii. We're going to stick to PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. We'll continue to pursue three or four titles a year and go for big titles," he said of the company's publishing plans for the future." Check out the whole story over at Gamesindustry.biz.]]> 1225325793 Thu, 30 Oct 2008 00:16:33 +0000 General news <![CDATA[TES4: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition coming]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1184010410&archive= press announcement in the matter:

Bethesda Softworks Announces
The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition

Expanded Version of Award-Winning Role Playing Game,
for PC, Xbox 360, PLAYSTATION®3 system Available In September

July 9, 2007 (Rockville, MD) – Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media company, announced today that it will release The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion® Game of the Year Edition (GotY) for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system from Sony, and Windows this September. Oblivion GotY will include the original version of the award-winning RPG Oblivion along with the official expansion, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Shivering Isles™, and the downloadable content, Knights of the Nine™.

This new product will allow players who have never played the 2006 Game of the Year to experience Oblivion for the first time with additional content. In addition, gamers can continue their existing games of Oblivion and experience the new quests and areas offered by the expansion and downloadable content.

Released in March 2006 for Windows and Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and in March 2007 for PLAYSTATION®3 system, Oblivion has already earned countless awards from publications around the world and won numerous Game of the Year and RPG of the Year awards. Gamerankings.com and MetaCritic.com list Oblivion as the highest rated game of all time on both Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION®3 system.

Oblivion features a powerful combination of free-form gameplay, unprecedented graphics, cutting edge AI, character voices by acting legends Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean, Terrance Stamp, and Lynda Carter, and an award-winning soundtrack. Gamers can choose to unravel Oblivion’s epic narrative at their own pace or explore the vast world in search of their own unique challenges.

With more than 30 hours of new gameplay, Shivering Isles allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles features a bizarre landscape split between the two sides – Mania and Dementia –filled with vast, twisting dungeons mirroring the roots of the trees they are buried within.  Sheogorath himself looks to you to be his champion and defend his realm and its inhabitants from destruction as you discover all new items, ingredients, spells, and much more.

Knights of the Nine features an all-new faction and quests for noble characters and answers many of the questions surrounding the Ayleid ruins found throughout Oblivion. Players can join a new faction and found their own order of holy knights – leading them into battle against a sorcerer-king and his demonic minions while exploring massive dungeons and searching for legendary relics – the holy armor and weapons of the Divine Crusader.

For more information on Oblivion, Shivering Isles, or The Elder Scrolls, visit www.elderscrolls.com.

1184010410 Mon, 09 Jul 2007 19:46:50 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Shivering Isles Patch]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1177973225&archive= The Elder Scrolls site, for the latest patch for Oblivion's expansion pack. I should also add not to further the thought of installing the patch before uninstalling the beta patch, if the aforementioned patch is already installed.

Nevertheless, be sure to check out the URL above for the update patch.]]>
1177973225 Mon, 30 Apr 2007 22:47:05 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[TeamXbox Shivering Isles review]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1175296968&archive= TeamXbox - 9.3/10.0 (as an overall):
"As you’d expect (especially given that this is just an expansion of the core Oblivion game, The Shivering Isles looks and sounds terrific. The two realms both look great, although I was a bit more partial to the colorful palette on display in Mania. The music is just as solid as ever, and the sound effects are crystal clear. Naturally, the same issues that many people had with the original game pop up here, from the occasionally stuttering visuals to the lip-synching on the NPCs. Despite these problems, this is still a great looking game."
1175296968 Fri, 30 Mar 2007 23:22:48 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[DriverHeaven Shivering Isles Review]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1175211911&archive= DriverHeaven:

"Upon investigating this mysterious portal, a screaming and clearly demented adventurer exits the portal back into Nibben bay, to be killed by a guard. The guard proceeds to warn you that all who enter will be sentencing themselves to a certain death, but fear not he will be there to “clean up the mess” when you return (ekkk)! Obviously the only thing to do is to totally ignore his advice. Onward we go !"
1175211911 Thu, 29 Mar 2007 23:45:11 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Shivering Isles reviews]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1175038595&archive= IGN have flared up their review of the Xbox 360 rendition of Oblivion's new expansion, Shivering Isles, giving it a 8.3/10.0 as an overall. Here's a select portion from it:
"You'll also get some fancy new armor sets and weaponry. From new enemy types and dungeons can be procured Amber and Madness Ore, which when brought to the proper smith in the main city of New Sheoth can be forged into some attractive pieces of equipment, with all the intricate detailing we've come to expect from Bethesda. Better still, these armors level with your character, so if you're still somewhat inexperienced, you can go back and forge a new set a few levels later and reap the benefits of augmented protection or increased weapon damage. Special Matrices allow magical versions of Amber and Madness items to be produced, but if you're a high level character you'll likely be applying your own enchants. A few unique weapons pop up as you follow the main story along with some new summons, and, depending on some of the choices you make during the main quest, the armor of the Golden Saints or Dark Seducers, who guard the Bliss and Dementia halves of New Sheoth, respectively."
OXM as well, giving it 9/10 as a standalone:
"The Shivering Isles – the Live Arcade expansion pack for Oblivion – is set in the realm of the God of Madness, Sheogorath. Moments after you’ve stepped through the new gate in the Niben bay and met Haskill, the mad god’s entirely-too-sane manservant, you’re dumped in The Fringe, a walled area that serves to test new entrants to the realm. You’ve got to escape from there and become Sheogorath’s new champion bitch against the rapidly approaching Greymarch, the 1000-yearly assault of the forces of order on the land of madness."
Make certain to read both reviews.]]>
1175038595 Tue, 27 Mar 2007 23:36:35 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Oblivion v1.2 patch released]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1174695588&archive= New Features 10 new Xbox 360 Achievements for Shivering Isles

Bug Fixes

Improved LOD visual quality for landscape.

Optimizations to file loading system.

Taking items from dead owned creatures is no longer a crime.

 Fixed issue where lock/unlocked states on doors would occasionally be stored incorrectly in a save game.

NPCs no longer pop into view after player cancels out from the Wait menu.

Fixed memory leak with sitting in a chair multiple times.

 The reflection from the environment map in windows now displays properly.

Fixed an issue where player is still in combat even though the creature is no longer present.

Player can no longer fast travel when paralyzed.

Fixed infinite dialogue loop when arrested by guards who have high disposition to you.

Fixed issue where guards would not properly report crime if they were pickpocketed. Summoned creatures properly fade away when they are created from a leveled list.

 Fixed issue where stolen items would lose their stolen status if the player character was female.

Fixed crash that would occur with NPCs loading in with arrows. Pickup sound effects no longer play during the loading screen.

If you attack a creature owned by you, crime is no longer reported.

Fixed issue with LOD not loading in properly when entering/exiting worldspaces. Fixed infinite soul gems exploit by dropping and picking up stacked soul gems.

Fixed a crash with summoning a creature and immediately exiting the cell. Fixed a crash with stealing an object, exiting and immediately re-entering an interior.

Fixed issue where an NPC would occasionally not perform the proper idle animation.

Fixed an occasional crash when a creature loses detection on the player

Fixed an occasional crash with NPCs who were not loaded going into combat.

Quest Fixes In Light the Dragonfires, fixed issue where improper journal would appear if you closed an Oblivion gate.

In Till Death do They Part, fixed an issue where Melisande would not properly give you Cure Vampirism potion.
Feel free to view the rest of said changelog on the official Elder Scrolls site, with the actual patch on the site itself as well or Filefront, if you prefer.]]>
1174695588 Sat, 24 Mar 2007 00:19:48 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Shivering Isles Trailer Released]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1173401400&archive= Elder Scrolls Site, where the Shivering Isles trailer has been unbounded in both WMV9 HD format (79.4MB) and lucidly lower-tier (38.1MB) fidelity. Again, make sure to download the trailer and further the notion.]]> 1173401400 Fri, 09 Mar 2007 00:50:00 +0000 General news <![CDATA[Another Shivering Isles Preview]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1170893757&archive= IGN, indeed, is the previewer in question. A smallish excerpt:
"Just like with Oblivion, it's an open world. You can head to the main city of New Sheoth where Sheogorath sits on his throne to follow the main quest or simply wander about, discovering hidden caves, ruins, and towns. The lands look significantly different from Cyrodiil. Dementia, for instance, is populated with mists, oversized spiked mushrooms, and jutting knuckles of rock. We chose to trek to the capital and check out one of the main quests from a little further on in the game, which involved a substance called Felldew."
1170893757 Thu, 08 Feb 2007 00:15:57 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Another Shivering Isles Interview]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1170720459&archive= ActionTrip is where said interview can be found - an interview with Mark Nelson in regards to Oblivion's to be unbounded and dislodged expansion pack, Shivering Isles.
"ActionTrip: What are the main things you felt were missing in Oblivion? Are we going to see any of that in the expansion pack?

Mark Nelson: Because of the sheer scope of Oblivion, and the number of NPCs involved, I never felt like we had the chance to really develop enough of them, to give them all stories and a real place in the world. With the Shivering Isles, we are working with a much smaller group, and it's really allowed us to develop them more fully. I think it makes the world a more interesting and believable place.

ActionTrip: Oblivion's striking visuals, unfortunately, are sometimes simply too much for modest rigs. Is your team working on certain technical improvements to make sure the original is even more enjoyable?

Mark Nelson: There's always an ongoing process of bug-fixing and optimization to the game, but we're not going to attempt to change the core game to run on slower systems."
1170720459 Tue, 06 Feb 2007 00:07:39 +0000
<![CDATA[FiringSquad Shivering Isles Interview]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1170376053&archive= new interview with Mark Nelson, the expansion's lead designer, of Bethesda Softworks. Here's an excerpt from said interview:

FiringSquad: What are the dev team's favorite new monsters in the expansion?

Mark Nelson: There are so many, it's hard to choose. The Scalon is one of my new favorites. They're large, hulking, amphibious creatures that can really startle you. It doesn't hurt that they have the ability to become invisible when they are about to jump out and attack.

FiringSquad: What other content and gameplay elements have been added to Shivering Isles?

Mark Nelson: There are a ton of new quests for the player to experience in the Shivering Isles. In addition to the main quest, there are a bunch of miscellaneous quests spread throughout the world. I'm very proud of the quests. I think they're among the most expansive, interesting quests that have ever appeared in an Elder Scrolls game.

Feel free to recollect that the unabridged interview is only a click of a mouse away. ]]>
1170376053 Fri, 02 Feb 2007 00:27:33 +0000
<![CDATA[Oblivion expansion announced]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1168024554&archive= CVG has been reporting, PC Zone have details on the upcoming Oblivion expansion pack by Bethesda themselves, no less - and the expansion in question is designated as 'the Shivering Isles', the current ETA being Q2 2007 and things of the such. An excerpt:
Setting the scene, it's explained that an ominous-looking gate has opened in Nibben Bay, the portal leading to a torn realm - the Shivering Isles - ruled by Sheogorath, the god of madness and dementia. Apparently, adventurers will meet the god and "plough through his trials", but it's additionally hinted that ultimately we may well be usurping the deity. A ETA of Q2 2007 has been given.
The unabridged thing is only a click of a mouse away nonwithstanding.]]>
1168024554 Fri, 05 Jan 2007 19:15:54 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Knights of the Nine preview]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1164210206&archive= GamerNode have previewed the Oblivion expansion pack Knights of the Nine, the retail version of which also includes the existing released plug-ins.

Knights of the Nine is an upcoming add-on pack for Bethesda's smash-hit The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion. To date, it is the largest add-on content Bethesda has created for Oblivion and it'll easily rival the size of a standard expansion pack. After getting my feet wet with a preview of the expansion, it's pretty clear that this will provide more content for fans of not only the game but for gamers everywhere.

Knights starts out with an attack on Anvil's Chapel of Dibella. When you venture there, you'll meet a prophet who foretells a prophecy of an ancient evil (named Umaril) arising from the past to lay waste to all who oppose him. But in order to combat him, you'll need to acquire the equipment from the legendary warrior who laid the smack down on him back in the past. Note this quest-line is only for good folks, but that doesn't mean you evil folks are immediately ruled out.

It'll set you back 800 Microsoft Points on Xbox 360, $9.99 on the PC or $19.99 for the retail version.

1164210206 Wed, 22 Nov 2006 15:43:26 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Oblivion misses PlayStation 3 launch]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1163622773&archive= It looks like Oblivion has slipped off the PlayStation 3's launch lineup for North America, history seems to be repeating itself again.

The game is now due to be released Q1 2007 on the PS3.

1163622773 Wed, 15 Nov 2006 20:32:53 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Oblivion - a PS3 and PSP title]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1159638336&archive= Bethesda Softworks Announces Oblivion™

for PLAYSTATION®3 and  PSP®System

Award-Winning, Best-Selling Role Playing Game Slated As
PLAYSTATION®3 Launch Title in North America and Europe

September 28, 2006 (Rockville, MD) -- Bethesda Softworks® announced today that its blockbuster role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Oblivion™  will be a launch title for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system this November in North America, and next March in Europe when the new console is expected to be released there. In addition, The Elder Scrolls® Travels: Oblivion™ will be released on the PSP®(PlayStation®Portable) system in the Spring 2007 in North America and Europe.  

Both the PLAYSTATION 3 and PSP system titles will be published exclusively in North America by Bethesda Softworks, while in Europe, Ubisoft will serve as co-publisher. Complete details on both games are available in Official U.S. PlayStation Magazine's (OPM) exclusive cover story (November issue), which hits newsstands Oct. 10. In its article OPM previews the gameplay, graphics, and new content in Oblivion and concludes: "If any game is worth the price of the PS3, Oblivion is it."

Released in March for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows, Oblivion has already earned high praises and awards from publications around the world. Official Xbox Magazine (US) gave Oblivion a 9.5 out of 10 and an Editor’s Choice award, calling Oblivion "An Absolute Masterpiece." G4 TV named it the Best Game of 2006, and PC Gamer (UK) ranked Oblivion #1 on its list of the Top 100 PC games of all time.

Metracritic.com lists Oblivion as the highest rated game of all time on Xbox 360. Oblivion has also been nominated for numerous awards in upcoming events, including the Golden Joystick Awards (five nominations) and The British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards (five nominations).

"We're very excited to be able to bring a game like Oblivion out for launch for the PLAYSTATION 3," said Bethesda Softworks president, Vlatko Andonov. “Oblivion's countless awards and commercial success to date make it clear that  PLAYSTATION 3 owners are in for a real treat this November."

Oblivion features a powerful combination of free-form gameplay, unprecedented graphics, cutting edge AI, character voices by acting legends Patrick Stewart, Sean Bean, Terrance Stamp, and Lynda Carter, and an award-winning soundtrack. Gamers can choose to unravel Oblivion's epic narrative at their own pace or explore the vast world in search of their own unique challenges.

After the mysterious and untimely death of the Emperor, the throne of Tamriel lies empty. With the Empire ready to crumble, the gates of Oblivion open and demons march upon the land -- laying waste to everything in their path. To turn the tide of darkness, you must find the lost heir to the throne and unravel the sinister plot that threatens to destroy all of Tamriel.

...I wouldn't be panicky at the mere thought. I can be in agreeance with coming to grips with it, again, and not the resulting response. All aside, Oblivion for PS3 and PSP on the 28th.... proof to this, is all.]]>
1159638336 Sat, 30 Sep 2006 17:45:36 +0000 General news
<![CDATA[Uber Cyrodiil map]]> http://www.oblivionportal.com/?subaction=showfull&id=1154977696&archive= here.]]> 1154977696 Mon, 07 Aug 2006 19:08:16 +0000 General news