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  Bethsoft Confirms TES4 Expansion Shivering Isles. - Official
  Posted by: bloodreaver9 on 01-18-2007 @ 15:20
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Here is the news release that Bethsoft posted on their site which confirms the new expansion pack.

Bethesda Softworks Announces The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles™ — Official Expansion for Oblivion

Spring Release Planned for Official Expansion for 2006 Game of the Year as Oblivion Sales Top Three Million Units
January 18, 2007 (Rockville, MD) — Bethesda Softworks®, a ZeniMax Media company, today confirmed the upcoming release of The Elder Scrolls IV®: Shivering Isles™, the official expansion for the award-winning The Elder Scrolls IV®: Oblivion™. Shivering Isles will be released for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows this Spring. Details are presented in the exclusive cover story for Official Xbox Magazine’s (US) February issue, which hits newsstands this week.

Shivering Isles features more than 30 hours of new gameplay and allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles adds to the existing world of Oblivion so you can continue playing with your existing save game/character, or create an all new character just to explore the new content.

“We’re thrilled with the response that Oblivion has received to date and feel that Shivering Isles will offer a whole new and different experience to anyone who played and enjoyed Oblivion,” said Todd Howard, executive producer for The Elder Scrolls.

Within the Realm of Sheogorath, players can explore the two extreme sides of the god’s madness – the sublimely creative and the completely psychotic. Something is happening to the Shivering Isles and Sheogorath himself looks to you to be his champion and defend his realm and its inhabitants from destruction. Do you have the strength to survive his trials, tame a realm fraught with paranoia and despair, and wear the mantle of a God?

The 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. You’ll encounter more than a dozen new creatures including hideous insects, Flesh Atronachs, skeletal Shambles, amphibious Grummites. Throughout your adventure, you will discover all new items, ingredients, spells, and more, and have the talented craftsmen of Crucible and Bliss forge new armor and weapons just for you.

“The enthusiastic response we’ve received to our downloadable content has been overwhelming, and we’re excited to bring Oblivion fans a full expansion,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “The world we’ve created for Shivering Isles is unlike anything you’ve seen or played in Oblivion and we can’t wait for folks to play it.”

Released in March 2006 for Xbox 360™ videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows, Oblivion sold more than three million units in 2006. Among the countless awards and accolades it has garnered to date are Game of the Year and RPG of the Year honors from numerous outlets, including Spike TV’s 2006 Video Game Awards, G4’s G-phoria, the Golden Joystick Awards, GameSpot.com, ShackNews.com, Voodoo Extreme, FiringSquad.com, and many more. Oblivion received the #1 ranking on PC Gamer’s (UK) list of the top 100 games of all time and is the highest rated Xbox 360 game of all time according to Gamerankings.com.

The Windows version of Shivering Isles will be available at retail and is co-published by Bethesda Softworks and 2K Games, while the Xbox 360 version is currently planned for release through Xbox Live® online entertainment network by Bethesda Softworks.

Here is the FAQ

When will Shivering Isles be available?
The worldwide release will be this Spring. We’ll announce the specific release date as we get closer to release.

Is it just for PC, or for Xbox 360 too?
Shivering Isles will be available for both Windows and Xbox 360. The Windows version will only be available in stores. The Xbox 360 version will be available for download via Xbox Live. A retail version is not possible for the 360 at this time. Both versions will be released simultaneously, worldwide.

Will localized versions be available?
Yes, it will be localized into French, German, Italian, and Spanish.

Is this just another gate to Oblivion like the ones in the main quest?
No. Oblivion is made of lots of planes, one for each Daedric Prince. Oblivion featured the fiery realm of Mehrunes Dagon. The Shivering Isles is the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. It’s a place unlike anything you’ve seen in Oblivion.

How big is Shivering Isles?
Shivering Isles is about ¼ the size Cyrodiil, where Oblivion takes place.

How many hours of gameplay should I expect?
About 30 hours of new content, including an all new main quest -- in addition to miscellaneous quests you can complete, lots of landscape to explore, dungeons to discover, etc.

Do I have to create a new character to play Shivering Isles?
Shivering Isles works with your existing save game/character from Oblivion, or you can start a new game of Oblivion and create a new character just for Shivering Isles.

Can I continue my quests in Oblivion once I start Shivering Isles?
You can go back and forth between Oblivion and Shivering Isles with your character whenever you like.

Will it be available for the PLAYSTATION®3 system?
It is our intention to make it available for PLAYSTATION 3 this year, but no release date has been set.


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 #1 - 01-18-2007 at 15:34
From: (akureyri)
Joined: December 31st, 2006
Posts: 73
Cool 10+/10

 #2 - 01-18-2007 at 16:22
From: (Illinois)
Joined: October 10th, 2006
Posts: 7
I'm glad there is more than just a new quest like Knights of the Nine. A whole new world sounds amazing, and hey, if we are lucky, they may put werewolves in it.

 #3 - 01-18-2007 at 18:11
From: (Iowa)
Joined: June 6th, 2006
Posts: 47
is that a spear in one of the screenies?

 #4 - 01-18-2007 at 18:42
From: (NJ)
Joined: August 2nd, 2006
Posts: 410
That sword...............LOOKS AWSOME. And yes, thats really all i care about, the new weapons........ naw im just jking....... or am i?

20/10, cant wait to emty my wallet on this one

 #5 - 01-19-2007 at 02:13
Joined: December 11th, 2006
Posts: 442
Knights of the Nine to me was absolute S*** so i'm guessing that this will be about 500 times better............When is spring in America? I don't know when it will be out in australia frown

 #6 - 01-19-2007 at 02:13
Joined: December 11th, 2006
Posts: 442
Knights of the Nine to me was absolute S*** so i'm guessing that this will be about 500 times better............When is spring in America? I don't know when it will be out in Australia frown

 #7 - 01-19-2007 at 02:13
Joined: December 11th, 2006
Posts: 442
Knights of the Nine to me was absolute S*** so i'm guessing that this will be about 500 times better............When is spring in America? I don't know when it will be out in Australia frown

 #8 - 01-19-2007 at 02:14
Joined: December 11th, 2006
Posts: 442
Holy crap, i don't know what happened there, but i'm sorry, my computer soiled itself =p

 #9 - 01-19-2007 at 03:03
Joined: July 24th, 2006
Posts: 116
if you ask me, it looks like morrowind in oblivion garphics -> 3rd sreenshot from the left. I believe this due a giant mushroom smile
Looks good, i need to sort out my oblivion though : didnt uninstall it properly and now there are loose files all over the place which i cant delete frown
10/10 looks awesome

 #10 - Quarter the size of Cyrodiil? - 01-19-2007 at 03:07
From: (Perth)
Joined: November 17th, 2006
Posts: 1
they've got to be joking!!! quarter the size of cyrodiil!?!?!?!?!? that's massive! I wonder will they make a new map for it? can't wait till it gets to australia.
by the way, has anyone noticed that the detail in the pics and the drawings are basically better than most of the already existing parts of the game? looks as if the artists behind the game really wanted the expansion to have a totally new feel to the game. 10/10!!!

 #11 - 01-19-2007 at 04:08
Joined: July 23rd, 2006
Posts: 30
I am that the expansion is confirmed. To tell the truth, I thought OB was dead..an expansion will bring ppl back again..I just hope that the community doesn't have to fix the expansion as they did for the game..I guess only time will tell.

 #12 - 01-19-2007 at 05:05
Joined: December 7th, 2005
Posts: 4
I would say that is almost certainly a "spear icon" in the Golden Saint pic... Can't wait for Spring - that's like March in the Southern Hemisphere, right? 10/10

 #13 - 01-19-2007 at 08:18
From: (Gorleston, Gt. Yarmouth (Norfolk))
Joined: September 2nd, 2006
Posts: 95
Paladin dont be so negative smile ... think positive and this will be great. Everybody think with the possible waves XD

 #14 - 01-19-2007 at 08:19
Joined: August 30th, 2006
Posts: 75
cool new weapos and land very good

 #15 - Video, anyone? - 01-19-2007 at 08:44
Joined: September 22nd, 2005
Posts: 63

Knock yourselves out. Yes, It's a video concerning the shivering Isles. Sort of like Bungie's little "vidocs" on halo 3.

"if you ask me, it looks like morrowind in oblivion garphics -> 3rd sreenshot from the left. I believe this due a giant mushroom"

Yeah, according to the video they looked at Morrowind for some of the inspiration for the stuff in the Shivering Isles.

 #16 - 01-19-2007 at 11:22
From: (Alex/polis)
Joined: November 12th, 2004
Posts: 440
nice...couldn't say i was excited of the news, but that was till now smile

 #17 - 01-19-2007 at 13:57
From: (Ontario!)
Joined: October 11th, 2005
Posts: 879
think there will be actually any blood this time? I really hope so...i think it would be awesome to be able to chop some limbs off!

 #18 - #11 - 01-19-2007 at 14:31
Joined: November 3rd, 2006
Posts: 167
that could just be a spear could also be a new sword.this is gunn a be a great expansion pack.but what id rly love to see is dagger fall with Oblivion's graphics and combat system..... rating. 10/10RockCryPuke!

 #19 - 01-19-2007 at 16:09
From: (St.Joseph, Missouri)
Joined: November 23rd, 2006
Posts: 330
Well thank god Bethesda is finally making huge mods like what they did in Morrowind. I was starting to doubt Bethesda's ability. Still there are so many mods that this had better be VERY, VERY good for me to put down money to play their mod.

 #20 - 01-19-2007 at 22:53
Joined: January 6th, 2005
Posts: 289
I really doubt its a spear. It seems to have a knob at the end of it, which means that it ends there. To me it looks like a shortsword. Plus to put a spear in would mean to make a new weapon skill, and would therefore mean that they would have to make lots of spears; otherwise the new skill would be useless. Then again, they could just take the easy way out and put it under blunt weapons, as they did with axes...

 #21 - 01-20-2007 at 08:24
Joined: September 22nd, 2005
Posts: 63
Looks more like a dagger of some sort to me, but either way, it's probably not a spear.

 #22 - 01-20-2007 at 10:07
Joined: July 24th, 2006
Posts: 116
ty PunkXBlaze for the video and confirmation of my morrowind thoughts. Yea this expansion looks neat and well worth purchasing when it comes out.

 #23 - 01-22-2007 at 23:47
Joined: August 12th, 2004
Posts: 100
I really, really hope this is good. Then again, these things always look awesomer in previews...

 #24 - I like armor and tools - 01-29-2007 at 03:33
From: (Bolsaward)
Joined: July 30th, 2006
Posts: 80
The expension is 1,06125 gb what hugeeek!
I hope you can have the armor from the knoght of order that would be COOL
Plz if you know the exact datum of shivering isles tell me plzz
10/10 Two Thumbs Up! Rock

 #25 - 02-10-2007 at 10:46
From: (The Heartlands)
Joined: November 5th, 2006
Posts: 334
this looks pretty good Two Thumbs Up! 9/10
i like the way they make it look more like a fantasy land

 #26 - 02-28-2007 at 08:23
From: (Cape Town)
Joined: November 30th, 2006
Posts: 311
aaaaah!!! THAT SWORD SCREAMS AWESOME!!!!RockRockRock

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