Elder Scrolls IV: The Shivering Isles Officially Announed!

As I reported a week or so ago, Bethesda has now officially announced the first expansion for The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion - The Shivering Isles. Here is what Bethesda had to say about the expansion:

Shivering Isles features more than 30 hours of new gameplay and allows you to explore an entirely new plane of Oblivion – the realm of Sheogorath, the Daedric Prince of Madness. Shivering Isles adds to the existing world of Oblivion so you can continue playing with your existing save game/character, or create an all new character just to explore the new content.

Within the Realm of Sheogorath, players can explore the two extreme sides of the god's madness – 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, tame a realm fraught with paranoia and despair, and wear the mantle of a God?

The Shivering Isles features a bizarre landscape split between the two sides – Mania and Dementia –filled with vast, twisting dungeons mirroring the roots of the trees they are buried within. You'll encounter more than a dozen new creatures including hideous insects, Flesh Atronachs, skeletal Shambles, amphibious Grummites. Throughout your adventure, you will discover all new items, ingredients, spells, and more, and have the talented craftsmen of Crucible and Bliss forge new armor and weapons just for you.

So we will get around 30 hours of gameplay out of the first expansion, not to shabby I suppose. There are a ton of user made mods that add hours and hours of gameplay, but this is an official thing here. Probably of a much higher quality than user made stuff, right?

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30 hours is alot if you have a life. look at it this way. for some loser kid that sits in his room all day and can get in 10 - 15 hours a day of gaming then no 30 hours is nothing. someone like me that has work and school and friends can only put in maybe 30 min to an hour tops a day can make the addon last 1 - 2 months if i play everyday. so i guess it all depends on the player.

Is it just me or does 30 hours not seem like it is that much, I mean the Knights of the Nine they said was what 6 hours? and I know it only took me MAYBE 3 hours tops....

Well 30hours is 3x most of the games in other genres that have arrived so far. In the scheme of Oblivion where it takes 200+ hours to do the lot its probably not alot but 30 hours in relation to other games isnt something to sneeze at.