The day that many avid RPG enthusiasts have eagerly anticipated has arrived. Oblivion, fourth in the Elder scroll series (Following Arena, Daggerfall and Morrowind) has gone gold, meaning it is ready for retail. Bethesda announced yesterday that the game itself will be in stores and available on the week of March 20th. One of the largest game projects to date, Oblivion has faced numerous delays in the past for quality purposes. After the stunning success that was Morrowind, Bethesda has a lot to live up to, but everything so far points to Oblivion being possibly the best RPG of the year.

"Our most ambitious project ever is finally done," said Todd Howard, executive producer of Oblivion. "We're excited to get the game into everyone's hands and let them experience it for themselves. We hope they enjoy it. I think it's our best game yet."
Strong words. Let's hope they really hold up. Oblivion has some of the most severe system requirements to date for "recommended" play, and some people have been upgrading just for it. In a mere 17 days we'll find out what the waiting was all for.