Bethesda Softworks today blew open details along with the first screenshots from the hugely anticipated next chapter in the Elder Scrolls series, Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.
Currently in development for the PC with Playstation 3 and Xbox 2 versions touted, Oblivion is set in Tamriel’s capital
Amongst the many improvements currently being made is the debut of a groundbreaking new AI system, dubbed “Radiant AI”. This allows NPC’s to make their own choices depending on the world around them; they’ll decide where to eat or who to talk to and what they’ll say, they’ll sleep, go to church, and even steal items, all based upon their individual characteristics.
"Since starting this project two years ago, our goal has been to create the quintessential RPG of the next generation," said Todd Howard, executive producer of The Elder Scrolls® series. "We looked back at what we had done with the series, and then looked ahead to what the future of video games could be, and we think this is it."
Howard commented, "Our games have always been about great depth and variety in creating any kind of character you want and going out and doing whatever you want." He added, "With Oblivion, we're taking the idea of a virtual fantasy world as far as it will go."