New prices for digital content

Effective this week, we have new pricing on a number of games and add-ons across Xbox LIVE, PlayStation Store, and Steam. They include:

Xbox LIVE

  • Oblivion: Shivering Isles — 800 Microsoft Points
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim (Games on Demand) — $29.99
  • Dishonored (Games on Demand) —  $29.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas — $14.99
  • Fallout 3 — $14.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — 400 Microsoft Points each
  • QUAKE Arena Arcade — 400 Microsoft Points

PlayStation Store

  • Oblivion: Shivering Isles — $9.99
  • Dishonored — $29.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — $4.99 each

Steam

  • Skyrim — $29.99
  • Dishonored — $29.99
  • Fallout: New Vegas — $9.99
  • Fallout 3 Add-Ons (Operation: Anchorage, The Pitt, Broken Steel, Point Lookout, Mothership Zeta) — $4.99 each

Xbox LIVE savings for Oblivion and Fallout

Xbox LIVE’s Deal of the Week brings 1/2-off savings to Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers on select Fallout 3 and Oblivion content. The following content is included in this week’s promotion::

Fallout 3 Content

Mothership Zeta – 400 points

Broken Steel — 400 points

Operation: Anchorage — 400 points

Vault Boy Head Avatar item — 80 points

Vault 101 Suit avatar item — 120 points

Oblivion Content

Shivering Isles – 1200 points

Knights of the Nine — 400 points

Horse Armor — 100 points

Epic RPGs Sweepstakes on Xbox LIVE

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While recently navigating through Xbox LIVE, you might have noticed The Epic RPGs Sweepstakes — which gives you a chance to level up your living room with a “Gamer Lounge” — an amazing prize pack featuring the following items:

  • (2) Lovesacs chairs (ARV, $438)
  • A 42″ HDTV (ARV, $699.99)
  • A Home Theater System (ARV, $399.99)
  • (2) Lava Lamps (ARV, $49.98)
  • 4,000 Microsoft Points (ARV, $50)
  • Xbox LIVE 12 Month Subscription (ARV, $49.99)
  • Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (ARV, $49.99)

Register by downloading the Epic RPGs Gamer Picture on LIVE, or simply grabbing it off Xbox.com. You can increase your chances (i.e. gain experience) by downloading select RPG content via LIVE — including Fallout 3 DLC, Shivering Isles, Knights of the Nine, and the Games on Demand version of The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion.

There’s plenty more RPG content to choose from, and you can even enter by watching a movie on Netflix or signing up for Last.FM or Facebook. Just keep in mind the level cap is 20 (even if you purchase Broken Steel), and content must be purchased between 12:01 A.M. Eastern Time (ET) on December 1 and ends at 11:59 P.M. ET on December 14, 2009.

To learn more about the sweepstakes, including the official rules, head to Xbox.com

Morrowind, Oblivion and Call of Cthulhu now available on Steam

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We’re happy to announce that The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year, The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year plus all the downloadable content, and Call of Cthulhu are now available on Steam.

The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind Game of the Year includes Morrowind and its expansions, Tribunal and Bloodmoon (available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

For Oblivion, you’ll have two different options to choose from. You can get The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year — which includes Oblivion plus expansions, Knights of the Nine and Shivering Isles (available in English, French, German, Spanish and Italian).

Or get the “never available before in one package” called The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion Game of the Year Edition Deluxe, which features Oblivion, Knights of the Nine, Shivering Isles and all the downloadable content, which includes the following (available only in English):

  • Horse Armor Pack
  • Wizard’s Tower
  • The Orrery
  • Thieves Den
  • Spell Tomes
  • Vile Lair
  • Mehrunes’ Razor
  • Fighter’s Stronghold

Want both Morrowind GOTY and Oblivion GOTY? You can save even more by purchasing The Elder Scrolls Game of the Year Pack (or Game of the Year Pack Deluxe).

Meanwhile, if you’re a fan of the works of H.P. Lovecraft, you really owe it to yourself to play Call of Cthulhu (available in English, French and German). When he heard it was going up on Steam, Emil Pagliarulo sent me this about Call of Cthulhu – “That game has some seriously terrifying sequences. Headfirst really did a great job of capturing the Cthulhu vibe. Actually getting to experience parts of Lovecraft’s short stories – like ‘The Shadow over Innsmouth’ -  is awesome.”

Some caveats: Steam is like Sandals. It’s all inclusive. So if you already own Oblivion but want to get the expansions or downloadable content, you need to own the Steam version of Oblivion. Which isn’t all that bad since it lets you toss that disk.

Happy downloading!

Shivering Isles Savings

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Major Nelson today announced Extended Play Downloads Days for Xbox Live. From now until the end of October, you can save on various downloadable content, including the Oblivion expansion, Shivering Isles. During this period, the expansion will be available for 1600 MS points (marked down from 2400 points).

For more details on Extended Play Download Days, head here.

New DRM tool for 360

Given that we’ve released several downloads for Oblivion on Xbox Live, I thought you guys might find this information useful. Yesterday, Microsoft released their Content License Transfer Tool (aka the DRM Tool) on Xbox.com. If you’re asking, “huh, what’s that?” — let me explain how it might help you.

Let’s say you downloaded the Shivering Isles from Xbox Live. When you downloaded it, a license to play the content is then associated with your 360 console. If for any reason you replaced your 360, the license would not exist on the new box, and as a result, the content would only be playable when your 360 is connected to Xbox Live. This new tool will remedy this problem, as you can now transfer the license of your Shivering Isles purchase, or any other DLC for Oblivion, to your newer 360.

Still confused? Check out Major Nelson’s video above for more details.

Shivering Isles install walkthrough

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Since releasing The Shivering Isles as a standalone disc for Xbox 360, I’ve received a number of emails from fans experiencing problems getting the content to load within Oblivion. As a result, we decided to put together a short video that covers the main steps necessary to update your Xbox, install the expansion, and ultimately use the content within the game.

I hope this video helps. Please… don’t…mock…my…robot…voice — it’s a compilation of different takes in a rather steamy recording booth. I’m just lucky I had the help of sound engineer Mark Lampert and Steve Green, our video guy. If it weren’t for them I’d end up as a winner on America’s Funniest Home Videos simply for embarrassingly bad voice-over outtakes.

If you check out this video and it doesn’t fix your Shivering Isles woes, there are a few things I can suggest. You can check out troubleshooting tips here on the blog, within the forums, and on our tech support page. If you still need help you can also contact us.

Around the Web — Monsoon Edition

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As we head out for the really, really rainy weekend, I thought I’d share some news coverage from the week.

This afternoon we received some exciting news that Shivering Isles won RPG of the Year over at Gameindustry.com. Pretty cool for a couple reasons. First, in the site’s ten years of doing annual awards, Shivering Isles is the first expansion to win this category. Even better is the fact that the voting came from Gameindustry.com readers. We’re truly honored that our fans came out in large numbers to vote, particularly since it was up against some really great games. Many thanks!

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Around the Web: More Lists

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You probably figured out already that we’re not doing a lot of talking at GDC this week — it’s been pretty busy around here with everyone cracking on Fallout 3. Still, if you need a break from all the GDC news, here are a few newsworthy mentions I thought I’d share.

I noticed Destructoid has shared the results of their “which one game has eaten up more hours of your life than any other game ever has” debate, and both Morrowind (#6) and Oblivion (#2) made the top ten. Even combining votes, these games would still end up trailing World of WarCRACK craft. No surprise there.

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