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March 2nd, 2006
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Oh, now here's timing for you!
I wander over to http://www.elderscrolls.com/forums looking to see if there's been any update to the ship date for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (last I read, it was 'Spring 2006'). There was nothing new on the "News for Elder Scrolls, Forums, etc." and I was disappointed. But then I thought, 'wait, maybe it's pinned in the Oblivion forum...". So I check. INDEED, there's a post declaring that Oblivion will be shipped on the 20th of March. OOOOOOOOOOO. I start to wonder if I am the last person to know this. Heh.

It was posted Today, 11:59 AM. OMG, I have information that is MINUTES OLD!!!!!


http://www.elderscrolls.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=249750

Here you go, what you've all been waiting to hear and have suspected for a while now. Expect the game in stores in the US as early as the 21st. The date in Europe may be a few days after, but it should be that week pretty much everywhere. As always, please check with your local retail store as the retailers themselves decide how fast to ship it to their outlets. I can't tell you when it will be in your specific city/country, so please don't ask.


Bethesda Softworks and 2K Games Announce The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion to Ship March 20

Quintessential RPG for the Next Generation Coming to Xbox 360 and PC

Rockville, MD – March 2, 2006 – Bethesda Softworks® and 2K Games, a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. (NASDAQ: TTWO), today announced that the highly-anticipated role-playing game, The Elder Scrolls® IV: Oblivion™, has gone to gold master and will be available in stores in North America and Europe during the week of March 20. Oblivion will be available for Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and PC in both regular and collector’s editions.

“Our most ambitious project ever is finally done,” said Todd Howard, executive producer of Oblivion. “We’re excited to get the game into everyone’s hands and let them experience it for themselves. We hope they enjoy it. I think it’s our best game yet.”

Oblivion is an epic, open-ended single-player RPG for the next generation providing gamers with one of the most life-like gaming experiences to date. The powerful combination of unprecedented graphics and freeform gameplay allows gamers to unravel the main quest or explore the vast world at their own pace. Oblivion is the fourth chapter in the award-winning Elder Scrolls series that includes Morrowind® (2002 RPG of the year – Computer Gaming World), Daggerfall™ (1996 RPG of the year -- PC Gamer), and Arena (1994 RPG of the year – Computer Player).

“Oblivion will set the new standard for next generation gaming and change the way role-playing games are viewed forever,” said Vlatko Andonov, president of Bethesda Softworks. “We set very high goals and ensure they are reached because that is what our fans deserve and have come to expect from Bethesda Softworks. We are very proud of our team’s accomplishments with respect to Oblivion.”

Oblivion has already garnered numerous awards and an impressive collection of accolades, including being voted “RPG of Show” in 2005 by the Best of E3 Game Critics Awards. Oblivion ranks as one of the “Most Anticipated Games of 2006” according to PC Gamer, GameSpy, IGN, and Yahoo Games among many others, and has been featured on nearly thirty magazine covers worldwide.

“Oblivion is one of the most anticipated video games of 2006 and its release will be a milestone for the Xbox 360 and PC,” said Christoph Hartmann, Managing Director, 2K Games. “A shining example of next-generation role-playing, Oblivion breaks new ground in the genre with unparalleled graphics, revolutionary gameplay and an expansive RPG world.”

Oblivion for Xbox 360 and PC, co-published by 2K Games and Bethesda Softworks, has been rated “T” for Teen by the ESRB. For more information on the title visit the official web site at www.elderscrolls.com.



Edit: *snickers at self* For some reason it didn't log me in until I clicked through my own post. The information was actually posted a little over an hour ago. But still. ;)

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From:stormknight
Date:March 2nd, 2006 06:40 pm (UTC)
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Nerrrrrrrrrrrrrrrd. ;o)

*Knowing full well of his dorky-gamer posts*
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From:solan_t
Date:March 2nd, 2006 06:47 pm (UTC)
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At least I can comfort myself with the fact that I am not an obsessed nerd. I really hadn't gone looking for a release date in months. In fact, it was an email newsletter saying "pre-order now" that set me thinking it might be posted soon. I was just lucky in my choice of time and day.


Not saying if'n I actually pre-ordered on the day I got the newsletter (about a week ago)
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From:stormknight
Date:March 2nd, 2006 06:59 pm (UTC)
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That is the one thing I can definitely say. I have never pre-ordered any video game. Ever.

I've had folks holda copy for me, but never a "Here's my money even though the game isn't coming out for 9 months" situation.

Had someone at a Gamestop actually go "So you play WoW? Want to pre-order the expansion?"

I asked what the release date would be, and got the response of October.

No thanks, I have better things to do with the $10. Like... pay a cover charge at a strip club or something.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:03 pm (UTC)
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I, on the other hand, rather like pre-ordering. That way I don't miss it in my obliviousness. But then, that's how I managed to order Daggerfall and forget about the order in the intervening... oh... year and a half! LOL. That was a game that got pushed back quite a bit, too.
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From:stormknight
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:10 pm (UTC)
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That's exactly it. I'll take a "Sold Out" message over forgetting I even ordered, provided that there is a huge amount of time between pre-order and release.

Though aye, if you are certain about a release date (Especially if it is only in a few weeks) then pre-ordering is a good precaution.

But the folks that pre-ordered things like Doom 3 when it was first announced as a certain release? (And release was clearly stated as 2 years from said announcement) Freaks.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:11 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, Daggerfall was my lesson is 'don't bother pre-ordering at the announcement that they are MAKING the game, stooopid!"
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From:darkgaze2002
Date:March 2nd, 2006 10:38 pm (UTC)
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I'd pre-order! That way the money is already spent and ready to be picked up when it does get there.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 3rd, 2006 02:02 am (UTC)
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That's my thinking.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 2nd, 2006 07:05 pm (UTC)
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But when the company itself, who have been loathe to set a ship date, so as not to disappoint, says 'It's time to pre-order.' I was pretty sure it was a soon-to-be-done deal.
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