The Elder Scrolls: Arena rated in Australia

The Elder Scrolls: Arena has been given a rating by the Australian Classification Board, indicating that the game may be getting a remake or re-release.

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Update - Added official comment from Bethesda.

We may know the name of another Elder Scrolls project, thanks to yet another ratings board slip. This time Australia has rated The Elder Scrolls: Arena, which fans may recognize as the name of a brutally difficult 1994 PC DOS game.

The rating (via IGN) lists it as "M" due to moderate amount of "fantasy violence." It also purports to be "multi platform," which the original title was not. The game was rated on April 9.

Though Bethesda has a page devoted to Arena on its official site, it's simply a short explanation of the 1994 game along with a free download. This rating would seem to indicate the possibility of a remake, reboot, or a new port. Shacknews has contacted Bethesda and will update as more information becomes available.

A spokesperson for Bethesda told Shacknews that this appears to be an error on behalf of the ratings board: "Appears this is simply an error on OFLC's part. It should just say PC, not multiplatform. We've notified them and they're going to fix it - there is no new version of the game coming. Just a clerical mixup."

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    April 15, 2013 8:05 AM

    Steve Watts posted a new article, The Elder Scrolls: Arena rated in Australia.

    The Elder Scrolls: Arena has been given a rating by the Australian Classification Board, indicating that the game may be getting a remake or re-release.

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      April 15, 2013 8:30 AM

      Awesome, this is the only one I haven't played.

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        April 15, 2013 8:54 AM

        unless theyve fixed lots of it, you should probably keep it that way :(

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          April 15, 2013 8:58 AM

          Was it as buggy as Daggerfall? The graphics are what kept me away from Arena, even in 1996 (or whenever I played Daggerfall) Arena looked pretty dated. That was pretty much the reason I never played it, plus I don't think I ever saw it on sale anywhere.

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            April 15, 2013 9:00 AM

            it had similar issues to daggerfall, especially with regards to randomly generated dungeons.

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          April 15, 2013 8:58 AM

          Was it as buggy as Daggerfall? The graphics are what kept me away from Arena, even in 1996 (or whenever I played Daggerfall) Arena looked pretty dated. That was pretty much the reason I never played it, plus I don't think I ever saw it on sale anywhere.

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        April 15, 2013 9:03 AM

        i wouldn't really advise playing arena or daggerfall these days. about twice a year i get nostalgic and load one or the other up in DOSBox and it's just brutally painful to play. the midi music still rocks, though.

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          April 15, 2013 11:13 AM

          This is comforting to hear because I sometimes wonder if I should go back and finish Daggerfall... but that's probably not worth the effort. I remember being more impressed with the scale of the world and the dungeons were impressive at the time... but I can imagine it not holding up well.

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            April 15, 2013 11:16 AM

            I loved casting levitate while riding a horse in Daggerfall. Flying around on my horse, blowing guards away with crazy fireball spells, that game was so badass.

            I hope they can add levitate back at some point.

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            April 15, 2013 11:17 AM

            it's cool and still one of my favorite games but it's so buggy, the graphics are brutal, the controls are sketchy as hell. it's worth loading up to just roam around for a bit in graveyards/snowstorms. mainly night stuff. but if you plan on any extended play sessions where you're doing actual quests and trying to follow the story, i'd forget it.

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          April 15, 2013 11:27 AM

          yea just stick with Morrowind if you're feeling nostalgic lol

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            April 15, 2013 11:37 AM

            This game is still very playable especially with a few mods... it actually doesn't look bad with the overhauls which have come out.

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          April 15, 2013 12:04 PM

          You guys should check out DaggerXL if you haven't before:

          http://xlengine.com/blog/

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          April 15, 2013 1:14 PM

          what? daggerfall is great to fuck around with. you really get to see what things have been cut along the way. I really miss the ability to scale castle walls or houses, crazy spells and maze dungeons that you can literally get lost in. While its rough around the edges, there's still a lot of neat ideas.

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      April 15, 2013 8:45 AM

      but we have R-18+ now!

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      April 15, 2013 12:47 PM

      Update with a comment from Bethesda:

      A spokesperson for Bethesda told Shacknews that this appears to be an error on behalf of the ratings board: "Appears this is simply an error on OFLC's part. It should just say PC, not multiplatform. We've notified them and they're going to fix it - there is no new version of the game coming. Just a clerical mixup."

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