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Internet DRAMA alert! Kathode on the Oblivion screens
Game News - posted by Vault Dweller on Sun 16 October 2005, 20:29:08Tags: Bethesda Softworks; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Have you seen those new Oblivion screens? Well, turns out that they were illegal! Yes, I know, hard to believe. You just don't know whom to trust these days. Anyways, kathode, one of the Bethesda's finest, has posted the following announcement:
In the past couple days, an unfinished build of Oblivion was leaked to a Russian gaming site. You may have seen screenshots and information about this build online. The site in question was not authorized in any way to post the information that it did. The build in question was not in any way intended to be used for the purposes of demoing the game.
The screenshots that got posted clearly show that the game was not properly configured by whoever was playing. The ini file alone contains over 300 settings that can be used to customize the visuals and performance of the game, and we tweak and test and change these settings daily. Because the build they are using was not one that we locked away for the specific purposes of demonstration, the likelihood that any number of those options are incorrectly configured is very high. This can result in any manner of aberrant behavior from the game including improper visuals and reduced performance.
The upshot is that we feel the quality of the screenshots released is very far from the final game. This combined with the fact that the they are completely unauthorized by anyone representing Bethesda to publish screenshots or info means that we have to shut down threads relating to this leak.
Hopefully soon, as we get closer to release, you will see legit sites posting previews based on actual preview builds of the final game.
There you have it, folks. The screens do not represent the final game because they were not authorized by anyone representing Bethesda's photoshop department. Rest assured that all screens will be posted by Bethesda once the game is released.
Thanks to all who posted the link