What are The Elder Scrolls?
The Elder Scrolls are a collection of games set in the world of Tamriel. They are renowned for there open ended gaming and their huge areas to explore. The Elder Scrolls games are Arena, Daggerfall, Battlespire, Redgaurd, Morrowind, Tribunal and Bloodmoon (the expansions to Morrowind) and of course Oblivion which is still in development.
Will the game be a direct continuation of Morrowind?
Oblivion will not be a direct continuation of Morrowind. It will however most likely take place after the events of Morrowind as the emperor was still alive during that timeframe, though how far off is uncertain.
Who is developing/publishing Oblivion?
Bethesda will be both the developer and the publisher for Oblivion.
When is Oblivion being released?
The GameInformer article says to expect a release sometime in Winter 2005, however Bethesda is unable to confirm the release date which is unsurprising given how far off they are from completing the game. The prevailing opinion is that Oblivion will appear in stores pre-Christmas 2005.
What will be the system requirements for Oblivion?
Bethesda has refused to divulge any information on this subject, but by taking one look at those screenshots one thing is clear: you will need a hell of a good PC to play this game at it's maximum settings.
What engine is Oblivion being developed on?
Bethesda has not officially commented on this save to say that they have NOT licensed the Unreal 3 engine as was previously hinted. They have however confirmed that oblivion will use a highly modified Havok Physics engine.
What style of game is Oblivion?
Oblivion is a non-linear RPG. This means that the game immerses you by not focusing entirely on the main quest. You are also able to access all areas from the beginning of the game, kill all NPC’s, and choose to play the game in any fashion you chose.
Can you give me a basic overview of the plot?
Yes, your character begins in a prison cell under the imperial palace. An assassination attempt is made on the life of the emperor and he attempts to escape through a tunnel leading through your cell. Unfortunately all the emperor’s guards, and eventually the emperor are killed. Before he dies the emperor gives you the “amulet of kings” and instructs you to find “he who can close fast the gates of oblivion”. Basically the emperor’s death has opened up portals to Oblivion, hell, all over Cyrodill and demonic creatures are invading the land and it is up to you to stop them. Good Luck.
Will Oblivion be bigger or smaller then Morrowind?
Despite Bethesda’s previous indications to the contrary Oblivion will actually be BIGGER then Morrowind! It will however seem to be smaller due to an overhauled fast travel system.
Where in Tamriel will Oblivion be set?
Oblivion will be set in the imperial province of Cyrodiil. Parts of the game will also take place in Oblivion itself.
What Races will be playable?
It is assumed that Oblivion will feature the Elder Scrolls stalwarts, i.e., Dark Elves, High Elves, Wood Elves, Argonians, Khajiit, (excuse my spelling), Nords, Redgaurds, Bretons, and of course, the Imperials.
What creatures will populate Cyrodill?
From the screenshots we can see; goblins, a daedroth, and a Minotaur. More will be added as they are revealed.
What changes have been made to the combat system?
The combat system has been significantly overhauled. Todd Howard promises combat as thrilling as a FPS while at the same time not being twitch based.
What new skills are there?
Vary little has been announced as to how the oblivion skills will differ from in Morrowind but it has been made clear that all the Morrowind magic skills will return.