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Xbox 360 Shivering Isles Released; Mehrunes' Razor Glitch Found
Proceed with caution when entering the realm of madness.
By Jared Black 03/26/2007 22:21:00 PST

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The Elder Scrolls IV: Shivering Isles

Having put well over 150 hours into The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, I was naturally excited to learn that the Shivering Isles expansion pack was made available a day early today, retailing for 2400 Microsoft Points ($30) and clocking in at just under 1GB.  Excited to get it before the scheduled Xbox Live downtime tomorrow, I downloaded it and started playing it about an hour ago as of press time.  Unfortunately, I've already run into a nasty glitch in the game, that affected my copy of the game at least.

One of the last things I did in Oblivion prior to today was complete the Mehrunes' Razor downloadable quest, which grants the player an extremely powerful dagger.  Upon loading the game for the first time tonight after installing Shivering Isles, I almost immediately received the same quest notification I initially received after installing Mehrunes' Razor.  Sure enough, I checked my inventory and quest log, and all evidence that I ever completed the Mehrunes' Razor quest (the dagger itself, quest history, and even the map is now covered again as if I never explored the area) has been completely erased from the game.  Now, half of my saves created after finishing Mehrunes' Razor fail to load up at all, locking up and forcing me to reboot my Xbox 360.  The other half load properly, but they all also have no evidence that I ever completed the quest in the first place.  All saves I have prior to obtaining Mehrunes' Razor still appear to load up properly though, even if they were created in the middle of the quest itself (one of which was made as I stared directly at the dagger).  So basically, for saves that were created after the quest was completed, the game now sees Mehrunes' Razor as freshly installed and starts it all over again.

I don't want to presume that this will happen in all (or any other) cases, because my 150+ hours with the game and/or other combination of factors may've trigged a scenario Bethesda just couldn't test beforehand. And really, the worst-case scenario is that you have to redo the dungeon again, or simply go without the dagger, so we aren't talking about a game-killing bug here. Still, based on this experience I urge any of you with downloaded content to take the proper precautions (such as backing up your saves) prior to installing Shivering Isles.

Has anyone else installed Shivering Isles yet, and if so have you seen any similar issues?

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