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Another exciting Oblivion feature revealed
Game News - posted by Vault Dweller on Sun 29 January 2006, 02:32:34Tags: Bethesda Softworks; The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion
Remember all that fuss about sneaking in shadows in Oblivion and how awesome it was? Well, there are no more shadows, but you can still sneak and NPCs will pretend they don't see you. For more details, see the shadowless gameplay video and Gavin Carter's (aka Kathode) comments:
The shadows I talked about in the Beyond3D interview (http://www.beyond3d.com/interviews/oblivion). Only characters get shadows now.
Other than that, no major changes have taken place in either the renderer or art assets that would affect quality of visuals on a global scale, so if you think it looks worse then it's an effect of video compression or low settings (or you've just been looking at Oblivion stuff way too long)
Sorry if I was vague. Characters cast shadows on everything. Objects don't cast, they just receive shadows from characters. The exception is the trees - tree canopies cast shadows down on everything like you see in the screenshots.
I wonder what exciting new feature Bethesda will reveal next!