TheFeed reported the rumor earlier, but today it's official: Bethesda Software has officially announced the first expansion for hugungous role-playing game Oblivion.
"Shivering Isles" is set for worldwide release for both PC and 360 in the Spring, and promises over 30 hours of gameplay, new creatures, new weapons, new everything, basically. No word on the PS3 version, but I'd stake my personal fortune on it being available sometime.
According to the company "Shivering Isles" allows you to:
"Enter the world of the Madgod - the Realm of Sheogorath. Inside this torn plane reside 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, to tame a realm fraught with paranoia and despair, and wear the mantle of a God?"
Yeah. That might be fun.
Click the cut for the game's FAQ and couple more screenshots.
The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles Frequently Asked Questions
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.