Official Oblivion FAQ by Bethesda


What's the release date?
Holidays 2005.

How long has it been in development?
Since Mid 2002.

What does the name "Oblivion" mean?
Tamriel is the world of The Elder Scrolls and Oblivion is the equivalent of Hell in Tamriel.

Where does Oblivion take place?
In Cyrodiil, which is the capital province of Tamriel, as well as parts of Oblivion itself.

What platforms will Oblivion be released on?
PC and Xbox 360.

What is Oblivion rated?
Oblivion has been rated Teen (Blood and Gore, Language, Sexual Themes, Use of Alcohol, Violence) by the ESRB.

What are the PC system requirements?

3 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
1 GB System RAM
ATI X800 series, NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series, or higher video card

Minimum System Requirements:

Windows XP
512MB System RAM
2 Ghz Intel Pentium 4 or equivalent processor
128MB Direct3D compatible video card
and DirectX 9.0 compatible driver;
8x DVD-ROM drive
4.6 GB free hard disk space
DirectX 9.0c (included)
DirectX 8.1 compatible sound card
Keyboard, Mouse

Supported Video Card Chipsets:

ATI X1900 series
ATI X1800 series
ATI X1600 series
ATI X1300 series
ATI X850 series
ATI x800 series
ATI x700 series
ATI x600 series
ATI Radeon 9800 series
ATI Radeon 9700 series
ATI Radeon 9600 series
ATI Radeon 9500 series
NVIDIA GeForce 7800 series
NVIDIA GeForce 6800 series
NVIDIA GeForce 6600 series
NVIDIA GeForce 6200 series
NVIDIA GeForce FX series

Can I be a beta tester?
When we reach the stage where we need external beta testers, we'll put out an announcement and information on how to apply. Until then, we don't keep names or lists, so you'll have to wait for the announcement.

Will Oblivion include multiplayer?
No, Oblivion is a single-player game only. Rather than split our focus between two different types of gameplay, we'd rather focus on one and make it the best single-player experience possible.

What perspective do I play the game in, first or third-person?
Both. The game is meant to be played first person. However, you can toggle the view with the press of a button/key. Both views are available throughout the entire game.

Will the TES Construction Set be included again?
Yes, the TES Construction Set will be included with the PC version. It will not be available on a console.

Does the story in Oblivion pick up where Morrowind ended?
No, each chapter of the Elder Scrolls series is a different story unto itself and isn't directly connected to any of the other storylines. All of it adds to the lore and history of The Elder Scrolls, but you don't have to play previous games to know what's going on in this one.

I have lots of ideas and questions, where do I send them?
We encourage you to register on our official forums and post your ideas and questions in the Oblivion section, where our fans and developers share and discuss ideas and answer questions about the game and what they'd like to see.

Are those real screenshots or are they renders?
All the screenshots are 100% authentic screenshots taken while playing the game.

Where can I get more information on the game?
Continually visit our website and look for many previews that are coming across all gaming publications. Information will slowly be revealed on the game until it is released.


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