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Oblivion expansion: First concrete details

30-plus hours of new adventuring and encounter with mad god promised in Shivering Isles

First concrete details have emerged on Shivering Isles, Bethesda's first expansion pack for its RPG epic The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

Revealed in the latest edition of PC Zone magazine, word is that the expansion will offer 30-plus hours of new adventuring, features new quests, monsters, expanded freeform gameplay - quest lines that branch more than before, for example - and a new land "that you can watch change according to your vital life-or-death decisions".

Setting the scene, it's explained that an ominous-looking gate has opened in Nibben Bay, the portal leading to a torn realm - the Shivering Isles - ruled by Sheogorath, the god of madness and dementia. Apparently, adventurers will meet the god and "plough through his trials", but it's additionally hinted that ultimately we may well be usurping the deity. A ETA of Q2 2007 has been given.

PC Zone #177, which hits shelves today, has first screenshots from Shivering Isles and further information on the expansion - so, go grab it Oblivion fans.

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Plus, the issue has a huge 44-page feature covering 2007's hottest PC games - Bioshock, Crysis, Assassin's Creed, Hellgate: London (you name it, it's in there) - a free Bioshock calendar, interviews with Telltale Games on Sam & Max and Codemasters on Clive Barker's Jericho, the hottest PC game reviews, and a 9GB games DVD stuffed with playable demos of Splinter Cell: Double Agent, Pro Evolution Soccer 6, Gothic 3 and more!

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